Words Worth Repeating: Spotlight and Giveaway

Parents, child life specialists, and teachers are always looking for a book to help kids cope with a challenging situations. Maybe it’s a new medical diagnosis, understanding the loss of a loved one, or relocating after a natural disaster. Books can provide a safe space for children, through validation and learning new coping skills.

I’m thrilled to introduce our guest blogger, Laura Camerona. She is a child life specialist, parent, and founder of Words Worth Repeating

Guest Blogger, Laura Camerona, Founder of Words Worth Repeating

Words Worth Repeating (WWR) is a child life specialist-owned business that creates books for families and organizations. WWR was founded on the idea that kids benefit from getting the information they can understand from the people who love and care for them. WWR creates customized books for specific children and families.  WWR also partners with organizations to create more global books that can support children going through similar situations such as: having a sibling in the NICU, losing a loved one to suicide, or losing a baby to stillbirth. The books are written by a Child Life Specialist and use many phrases or descriptions that have proven helpful in real-life situations.

It’s not just a product, it’s a service.

The goal is to provide a comfortable process where WWR and a family collaborate to create a product that gives children the words they need to express their feelings and understand their situation. These books can be used as a way to educate their peers and classmates, support kids, who are grieving and give parents words to have hard conversations. Many families find that the process of creating these books with Words Worth Repeating is therapeutic.  Words Worth Repeating gathers information from families through email or video chat. Families receive support and advice regarding what words and support might be helpful for their children. The words for the books are written by a child life specialist, but families always have the last say and the ability to change every aspect.  Photos from the family are used as illustrations from the book but are supplemented with watercolor illustrations and color to pull kids in.

Journey Books

A customized children’s book about any condition a child or their loved one is experiencing. It is impossible to find a book about a condition that has all the details just right. WWR offers the ability to create a book about an individual’s journey. A child life specialist, who has experience with children in stressful healthcare situations, will work with you to create a book specifically about your child or your child’s loved one and their diagnosis, illness, or disability. Some examples of subjects that WWR has created Journey Books about are: diabetes, cancer, hand anomaly, rare syndrome, loved one’s dementia, and a loved one’s intellectual disability

Legacy Books

A customized children’s book about a loved one who has died (could be a recent death of someone the child never met). Help keep the legacy of their loved one alive, by having a storybook about them created. Books are written in words that children can understand and focus on the connection between the child and the deceased person. General concepts about death, death rituals, and/or your family’s beliefs can be included. WWR will collaborate with you to create the right book for your child and your situation. These books can be appropriate for a recent death or a relative they never met. Your child can tell you about the characters in their books and TV shows, but do they remember everything about their loved one who has died?

Universal Books

WWR has self-published a few books based on needs experienced while working in a children’s hospital.  These books were created in a way that represents no specific race, culture, religion, or family demographics. The books are written in a way that helps caregivers start conversations, explain complex topics, and support feelings.  These hard words are put right into the caregiver’s mouths

In addition, WWR now partners with organizations to create additional books that focus on each organization’s mission to educate and support unique groups and families.  Most recently, WWR is publishing a book created in partnership with the Iowa SIDS Foundation to support siblings after a SIDS death and a book in partnership with Mindspring Mental Health Alliance to support feelings and educate after a child’s loved one dies of suicide. Click here to learn more.

How to connect

Words Worth Repeating is excited to collaborate and create something unique and special. For more information, check out our website: www.wordsworthrepeating.com and follow Words Worth Repeating on Facebook: @WordsWorthRepeatingBooks or on Instagram: @words.worth.repeating  Several of WWR’s Universal Books are also available on Amazon and other online outlets.

Our winner of the giveaway will get to choose between a  Universal Book or a 15% discount to a Customized Book Creation.

Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave a comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag two friends.

3. Facebook: Follow Words Worth Repeating and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and  @Words.Worth.Repeating and tag two friends in the post.

Good Luck, the winner will be chosen on 6/24/22.

Swaddle Created Specifically for Preemie and Hospitalized Infants: Spotlight and Giveaway on Woombie Med Pods

We all know the importance of swaddling babies, but what happens when your baby is hospitalized and attached to all those medical cords and tubes? How can you provide them with a safe and secure feeling using a swaddle without hindering their medical support? Look no further, because Woombie Med pods are here to save the day.

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Guest Bloggers, Karen Barski and Chelsea Vail

Woombie Med Pods are the first, and only, 360-degree swaddles designed specifically for hospitalized preemies and infants that work around treatment needs and medical devices. Created by a Certified Child Life Specialist and a nurse, Woombie Med Pods were designed with the baby, the parents, and the medical staff in mind!

Patients born prematurely, or full term babies up to thirteen pounds can benefit developmentally from using a Woombie Med Pod while inpatient. We have a pod for bili babies that allows full luminosity of phototherapy lights. We have the Woombie Gastro Pod featuring a midsection flap that allows easy access to g-button, colostomy bag, or umbilical site, and we have our Woombie Trach Pod for babies with trachs, ports, broviacs, or post cardiac surgery.

All of our pods feature a patented peanut shape to allow a range of motion in shoulders and hips and a four-way stretch fabric that promotes flexion while still cocooning baby in a womb like an environment. The double zipper allows quick access to the patient’s upper or lower body for medical procedures or diaper changes and prevents hyperstimulation from wrapping/unwrapping.

Woombie Med Pods support Family Centered Care Initiative, healthy sleep and can be single patient or multi patient use. These can be purchased at WoombieMedPods.com or by calling 1-833-MED-PODS.

Vail and Barski

Mompreneurs, Chelsea Vail and Karen Barski are also available via email to help you secure an order with an electronic order form if you prefer. info@barskivaildesigns.com or sales@barskivaildesigns.com Be sure to follow Woombie Med Pods on Facebook and Instagram.

Enter to win a $30 credit to purchase a Woombie Med Pod of your choice!

Med Pod Giveaway .jpg Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at Child Life Mommy and leave a comment below

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy, tag a friend and leave a comment on the post

3. Facebook: Follow WoombieMedPods and leave a comment about the giveaway

4. Twitter: Follow, Like and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

5. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy and @WoombieMedPods, Like the post and tag a friend.

Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 3/22/18

Healing Through Music: Spotlight and Giveaway on Darling Lullabies

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Little Darling was born from the belief that singing has the power to heal and to help create harmony in our lives. In recent years, pediatric research has shown clinical evidence supporting the healing power of song, showing that soft, soothing singing without instrumentation, combined with the calming sounds of breath and natural silence, can reduce children’s heart rates, improve sleep and perk up feeding pattern. Inspired by science, Little Darling is an organization dedicated to creating accessible therapeutic singing as a way to restore balance, prevent pain, and enhance feelings of comfort and safety.

One of the most accessible ways to replicate that intimate and affectionate environment of being sung to, is through a cappella lullaby recordings. Little Darling produced their first album, Darling Lullabies, in 2014. A second album, Canciones De Cuna, featuring all Spanish songs from over 4+ countries will be released in the Spring of 2017.

You can purchase and download MPS’s of Darling Lullabies through Amazon and  Itunes. The USB Albums can be purchased on Etsy, and a Darling Lullabies station is also available on Pandora.

Learn more about  Little Darling on the website or follow them on Facebook and Instagram

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Lisa Darling has been singing her way through life since she was a little girl. Some of her fondest memories include singing with her nana, granddad, mom and sister to old lullabies, show tunes and war songs, many of which she still knows by heart and continue to provide a great deal of comfort to this day. Her passion for singing and sharing her songs of kin grew after uncovering clinical evidence in the U.S. and abroad showing medicinal benefits from the use of lullabies in Neonatal and Pediatric Intensive Care Units. Being in the medical sales industry for several years and working alongside Child Life Specialists around the country, Lisa realized the relevancy of this data and became inspired to help children heal through singing in her own way. As her enthusiasm for this work grew, so did her knowledge and understanding of just how influential music’s vibrations are to fostering healing, improving balance and promoting overall wellness in our daily lives. Little Darling was created to combine her passion for therapeutic singing and her drive to support and advocate for improving wellness through singing. Lisa now offers therapeutic singing to palliative care patients as well as adults with special needs. She currently reside in Brooklyn, New York.

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We will be giving away 5 albums to some lucky winners!
Choose one or more ways to enter:

1. Sign up for email notifications at ChildLifeMommy.com and leave comment below.

2. Facebook: Follow Child Life Mommy and tag a friend.

3. Facebook: Follow Little Darling Music 123 and leave a comment about the giveaway.

4. Twitter: Follow, Like and RT the post to @ChildLifeMommy

5. Instagram: Follow @ChildLifeMommy, Like and tag a friend in the post

Good Luck! Winner will be chosen 3/15/17

Winners