Bringing home Baby? Now what?

Hilary Baxendale Childbirth has expended its services to include assisting families as they transition home from the hospital and begin to navigate parenthood!

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Hilary is a Certified Lactation Counselor, Childbirth Educator, mother to two young boys and leader of Rivertown Mamas, a local new mom discussion group. She is excited to build on the work she has already done with Westchester moms to include additional postpartum support in their home.

Research shows that moms who are cared for and supported after having a baby are more likely to feel confident, have a lower incidence of postpartum depression and more success with breastfeeding. In fact, a study in the Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing found that trained postpartum support can positively impact a mother’s competence and responsiveness to her baby.

Hilary’s role is educate, provide support and companionship and nurture the new family, the specific duties can vary depending on each family’s needs. For example, she can help parents make sense of the latest research and recommendations on infant care, teach parents ways to soothe a crying baby or help older siblings feel included.

Hilary also helps screen women for postpartum anxiety and postpartum depression, which affects one in seven moms, or she can simply offer emotional support when hormones and emotions tend to run high. Unlike a family member, who may offer up unsolicited advice, Hilary offers moms evidence-based information but never judges the family’s choices or tells them how to parent.

Services include helping new mothers, newborns and families during the first six months with:

  • Infant feeding (including breastfeeding support, bottle-feeding guidance, pumping support)
  • Giving baby’s first bath
  • Mother-care (cesarean recovery, perineal tear care, emotional support)
  • Newborn development and care recommendations
  • Soothing techniques
  • Newborn sleep education and tips
  • Accompanying parents to doctor visits or first outings
  • Discussing childcare options and going back to work.
  • Help with older children adjusting to their new role.

Bringing home a new baby is a joyous event but it can be stressful for new and experienced families alike. Having a support system however, can make all the difference.

To book any of Hilary’s services email her at

Hilary’s customizable one-time new parent support workshop runs 2 hours and is $250.

Rivertown Mamas new mom discussion group is held every Thursday 10:30-12, at Hilary’s home at 68 Prince Street in Hastings-on-Hudson. It is drop-in (although they can RSVP if they want on Meet-up) and is pay-as-you-wish ($20 suggested).

Hilary offers in-home CLC visits for $150 (visit is approximately 1.5-2hrs)



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