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 Brittany Tubb on November 18, 2009 at 2:18pm
im nearly 14 weeks into my pregnancy, so i still have a long time before those first days hit me...but i'm trying to prepare early. :)
Comment by Nicole A. Tucker, Lic. LCC on July 10, 2009 at 4:32pm
Sleep deprivation may be an issue in the first days; here are a few Aromatherapy suggestions to help:
One drop of Lavender and Chamomile Essential Oils in one teaspoon of vegetable oil. Gently massage oil on baby’s body towards the heart. Place one drop of same oils in a bowl of warm water and softly wipe/bathe baby's skin
Other Option:
Mother drinks chamomile tea and then breastfeeds.

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Comment by Gea Meijering on May 15, 2009 at 4:28pm
The Doula association of Southern California organized a Family Fest on May 9th in Griffith Park, LA. Melissa and Gea showed The First 8 Days of Being a Mom to a crowd of doula’s, pregnant woman and families of all kinds. As you can see it was a lovely day with information, music, a panel discussion and a book signing for YourBestBirth, the newly released book by Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein and of course we signed our book;-) We also raffled off a book which was won by Patricia from Burbank. Yay!

Comment by Cherylyn on May 13, 2009 at 1:11pm
This is a major event including the screening of three amazing childbirth films: Orgasmic Birth, The Business of Being Born, and Pregnant in America, and the producer of Orgasmic Birth will be at the screening as well!

Date: June 13, 2009
Location: Towne Cinema Theaters in American Fork, UT
Cost: $25
What: Screening of Orgasmic Birth, Pregnant in America, The Business of Being Born, Special Guest Speaker, Debra Pascali-Bonaro
Email: if you have questions
Comment by Petra Vorenkamp on May 3, 2009 at 9:28pm
I delivered my first son in French in a private hospital. In French with the first baby you have to stay a week in the hospital. Great for all the questions, and all those "first time" moments. Then I delivered my second son here in Orange County and was home within 36 hours. Wow! Everything was new again. Help, I didn't remembers anything! I wished I had the book "the first 8 days", in the first days after my second one was born. Great and useful book!!
Comment by Nicole A. Tucker, Lic. LCC on May 2, 2009 at 9:58am
Hi Gea (and everyone):

Thank you for the introduction; I look forward to contributing and learning from this amazing website and getting to know you all.

Here's my bio:
An Educator and Holistic Healthcare Practitioner, among other titles, I am assisting redefining the approach to maternal care by educating the public through my company and courses. I currently teach a webinar series on natural therapy options during pregnancy, childbirth, postpartum/newborn care and beyond and have assisted hospital and home births in New York and New Jersey. Experienced with single and twin newborn care, I have created aromatherapy products, including postpartum care blends and other birthing support products for wellness companies and midwifery centers throughout New York City. And, have also created birthing support kits for individual clients, including nourishing belly oil for skin care, pain management and post-natal/partum lift. Other product creations include, custom-blends for respiratory, skin care issues and post-antibiotic care for newborns and babies and sciatic issues during pregnancy.

My Natural Therapy background include, Aromatherapy, Reflexology, Enzyme Nutrition, Holistic Synergy Energywork, Flower Essences, Herbal Care and Holistic Health Counseling.

As I continue to listen and attune to the needs of prenatal and postpartum moms, I realize that no matter how long women have been giving birth; there are still questions and guidance they want and need...and deserve! With that in mind, I recently added a new service to address a check-list of fears/concerns/questions moms may have. The service is named "Mommy & Newborn In-Home Assessment"; I assist moms within their homes by assessing/evaluating the progress of their pre-natal/post-natal and postpartum period and provide natural therapy/eco-friendly guidance and recommendations for a safer and healthier maternal life.

If you would like to learn more about that service, please visit,

I, too, believe that the first days are crucial; but even more so from the womb. I am happy to extend any information that will assist the wellness of the whole mommy, whole baby and whole community.

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