to support peaceful parenting
JuJu Harris 301-246-2070 email@example.com
The first weeks postpartum can be filled with joy, as well as apprehension, as you welcome your newborn babe. Assistance with preparation of nourishing meals, the creation of a well-organized home, a helping hand for family and home care, and a place and time dedicated to self-nurturance are all necessary in easing the challenge of the adjustment that the birth of a baby creates. My goal is to empower you and teach you the skills needed to be as confident and functional as possible as you and your child begin your lives together.
Nana JuJu’s story
My passion for creating a nurturing family environment for families with new babies comes directly from my own prenatal and postpartum experiences. Despite my excitement at being a new mother and my conscientious preparation, I experienced long term postpartum depression. Feelings of isolation, being overwhelmed by my son’s needs and trying to care for home and husband were aggravated by my own lack of self-care. Gentle support from family and friends, good nutrition and self-care helped avoid exhaustion and the baby blues after my second son’s birth.
Baby wearing, co-sleeping and long term breastfeeding of my sons (3 and 2 years respectively) were all integral parts of my parenting style. For several years, I mothered a blended family of our two sons, my 4 Paraguayan stepchildren and a nephew. That was seven kids, aged 8 months to 20 years old! Love, patience and structure were the backbones of our multicultural, multi-lingual (English, Spanish and Guarani) household. Taking care of my own physical and emotional needs assured that I had the strength to make the best possible decisions for myself and our family.
I was given the nickname “Nana JuJu” for my ability to put hearts, minds and tummies at ease. When I returned to work outside the home, I focused on culinary education, using my experience as a mother living on a budget as a guide. I have taught cooking at birth centers, schools, senior centers and at farmers’ markets. My recipes were published in the Arcadia Mobile Market Seasonal Cookbook (no longer available), which was given free to our customers who used food assistance. My new cookbook, Healthy and Homemade: Eating Well on a Budget will be published in Summer 2017. Always, I demonstrate that healthy eating needn’t be expensive, difficult or time consuming. As a postpartum Douala, I am able to combine my passion for culinary education with my love of women and babies. My focus is on postpartum care, emphasizing the importance of good nutrition as a foundation of healthy parenting, self-care and breastfeeding. I am currently pursuing certification as a birth and postpartum Douala through DONA (Doulas Of North America), as a Lactation Consultant through Breastfeeding Outlook, and as an Infant Massage Educator through Infant Massage USA.
New Parent Care and Education
A postpartum Douala provides information on infant feeding, emotional and physical recovery from birth, mother–baby bonding, infant soothing, and basic newborn care all while fostering confidence and independence and nurturing the entire family.
Restorative Meals Planning and Preparation
Eating healthily and regularly will help you regain and maintain the strength needed to care for yourself and your family. I use the freshest ingredients available, focusing on seasonal produce, to create meals that will re-energize your body and spirit.
Prenatal Home Organization
You’ll rest easier knowing that your home is orderly and ready to receive your new baby. Prepare the entire home, not just the nursery for the child’s arrival so you’ll have more time for the important work ahead--that of caring for your baby, yourself and your family. I assess which organization style works best for your personality and help you create a nurturing environment for you and your baby.
$40/hour with a 10 hour minimum
One visit very soon after birth to help get breastfeeding gently and effectively off to a good start. Then:
Week 1 – 5 days, 4 hours per day
Week 2 – 3 days, 4 hours per day
Weeks 3-12 – 2 days, 4 hours per day
40 total hours, 6-8 weeks, $1480
52 total hours, 8-10 weeks, $1925
64 total hours, 10-12 weeks, $2360
Additional Services available
Meal Planning and Preparation
$450 service fee plus grocery costs includes menu planning, grocery shopping, food preparation and packaging per cook date for up to 5 full meals, which feed 2-4 persons each meal.
We’ll work together to create a personalized menu for your household. Your meals will be carefully prepared from scratch and conveniently stored in your fridge with instructions for you to heat and enjoy as you wish.
Organic Gardening Design and Installation
$35/hour Gardens provide both physical and spiritual nourishment, whether providing fresh vegetables to harvest for meals, or as a place to sit and gather one’s thoughts. I design and install gardens which can provide organic herbs and produce for your table and serve as a sanctuary for mental respite and for entertaining.
What people are saying…
“JuJu has a talent for making simple, yet delicious meals from few ingredients and creating sanctuary where people feel comfortable, cared for and safe.” Monique D
“Entering JuJu’s home is a balm to the soul. Not because it is somehow perfect in every way, but because her home radiates love and acceptance. Your home can be like JuJu’s--do yourself that favor and let her create your nurturing space.” Suzanne T
"JuJu is one part fairy godmother, one part good witch. Her garden is incredible — great tangles of flowers and honey bees and roses and vegetables climbing trellises, and always another bed being laid. Her food bears the same stamp of wild and whimsy and fundamental integrity." Pam H