First Days

Help new moms through those first eventful, exciting and exhausting days after delivery. How to prepare, take care, and help new moms and newborns. Experiences, questions, support, tips, advice and more...

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Latest Activity: Dec 14, 2011

Dear moms and mom’s to be,

Welcome to the group ‘First Days’. We started this group because those first days after delivery are so very special and very important. Bonding with your baby, recovering from delivery, your baby ‘starts up’ and beginning to breastfeed are just a few things. It is nice to know what happens after delivery and what you can do to make this special time the best experience for you and your family. And to achieve that, you can use all the help you can get. From you partner and family, friends, neighbors, a postpartum doula or information from your doctor, books and the internet.

My own experience (Gea) giving birth to two sons on two different continents within twenty months is the start of my own journey into motherhood and the start of translating a guide that I used in the Netherlands where I delivered my first son.
Upon delivery of my second son in sunny California, I discovered that maternity care and
recovery in the United States was organized in a much different fashion than in the Netherlands. I was amazed by how quickly most new moms in the U.S. are on their own again after delivery. No time to recuperate from the delivery or to learn and get used to the newborn. And no one to teach them the tricks of the trade. In the Netherlands every new mom gets a specialized nurse at home for the first 8 days after delivery. Wouldn’t it be nice to have a postpartum doula at your bed, paid for by the insurance company?
I realized that the Dutch approach I experienced with my oldest son was very special.
And that the book I used then, and used again the second time, would be a great help to moms in the U.S. just as it was for me.

And so the manual The First 8 Days of Being a Mom. How to take care of yourself and your newborn! was born. It is a guide geared towards moms' health and changes as well as that of the newborn.

The First 8 Days of Being a Mom is the translation of the helpful Dutch guide compiled by some of the Netherlands top medical professionals. It has been further reviewed by a wide host of American specialists ranging from Pediatricians and Ob-Gyns (including Mona Saint M.D.) to Midwives and Doulas to incorporate American practices and sensibilities. Editor Melissa Sherman Pearl joined the fray and added some nice touches.

Please join and share your experiences, questions, news, tips and advice.


For more information about The First 8 Days of Being a Mom, including biographies
and Q&A, please visit 

Discussion Forum

Do you have any "I wish I had known that as a soon-to-be new mom?

Started by Gea Meijering. Last reply by Mother's Utopia Lactation Srvcs. Mar 8, 2010. 5 Replies

What struck you most in those first days after delivery?

Started by Gea Meijering. Last reply by Bobbi Cantrell Aug 13, 2009. 8 Replies

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Comment by Gea Meijering on January 10, 2011 at 10:38pm

Elaine V Scott of Birth2Work Radio interviewed me for their radio show and website. Check out their great work on getting everyone informed and aware of what's at stake for future generations

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Comment by Gea Meijering on December 16, 2010 at 1:05pm

Tis’ the Season for Giving | Your chance to give a goodie bag to an expectant mom.


You know someone. You know someone who’s expecting. Tying to find out what lies ahead in her journey towards motherhood, not having her family around to help when it comes down to it, or is volunteering selflessly to support a family making a good start. You know someone who could use an extra cheer this holiday season. You know someone who could use some practical advice and useful products to make a great start as a new mom.

You know someone. I guarantee it.

I want to know who she is, and we want to give her a copy of the book ‘The First 8 Days of Being a Mom‘ ($19.95) a bag full of Smart Choices for Women goodies such as two Breast Soothers, two Feme Pads to provide relief on you know what places and 48 single use nursing pads ($39.95) AND a copy of ‘Twins X3’ ($18.99) by Fran Pitre where she gives an honest insight on what is going on in an expanding family with humor, heart and humility. It’s in your power to give her a better start as a new mom this holiday season.

Oh, and the best part? We will give the person who nominates the winner a copy of ‘The First 8 Days of Being a Mom’ or ‘Twins X3’ too. How easy is that to show some love ?

The rules:

  • You cannot nominate yourself, and the person nominated must be pregnant.
  • You must e-mail me a short story why this expectant mom should receive this new mom start-up kit. Mail to
  • Deadline for nominations is December 22nd. The winner will be announced on Christmas Day.

It takes no time or money on your part — it just feels good!  So, send in your entry now, and feel warm and fuzzy about being generous with your thoughtfulness and love.  I can’t wait to read your entries!

Merry Christmas and a Happy New(born) Year.


Comment by Gea Meijering on May 24, 2010 at 9:13pm
And we've met Lynn of MyBestBirth. It was good to see you in San Diego Lynn.
Comment by Gea Meijering on May 24, 2010 at 9:11pm
On Sunday May 23rd Gea of The First 8 Days of Being a Mom and Dionna Whitehead of SmartChoices teamed up at the Natural Baby Fair in San Diego. Smart Choices, the makers of Mother's First Day Kit and purveyors of high quality products dedicated to making the new mom's life more comfortable brought an array of product samples for visitors of the fair to see, touch and buy. Gea brought her books and presented her story at the main stage to a select audience. A raffle with as price a complete Mother's First Day's kit including the manual was part of the booth. Anyone who entered a card will get an e-mail with the winner of the kit.

Comment by Gea Meijering on May 17, 2010 at 5:26pm
Listen to an interview on Savvy Mom T.V. with Gea Meijering author of The First 8 Days of Being a Mom. Click here or copy and paste this link
Or go to and go to the show archives. We would love to see you there.
Comment by Gea Meijering on April 15, 2010 at 9:13pm
The International Academy of Baby Planner Professionals is adding The First 8 Days of Being a Mom to their curriculum. We are super excited! Want to know more about becoming a Baby Planner? Have a look at or
Comment by Gea Meijering on March 8, 2010 at 2:23pm
Do you have any 'I wish I had know that as a soon-to-be new mom?

Give your reply to the discussion in this group. See above.
Comment by Gea Meijering on December 31, 2009 at 9:48am
Happy New Year. Hope your dreams and wishes come true.
Comment by Brittany Tubb on November 18, 2009 at 3:19pm
thanks Gea! i already have a two year old little i'm trying to enjoy the pregnancy as much as possible so that he understands everything.
Comment by Gea Meijering on November 18, 2009 at 2:54pm
Hello Brittany,
Don't forget to enjoy the ride as much as you can. Preparing is important and it gives you ease of mind to know what is coming. But try to have fun too. Good luck.

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