My archives might be a little outdated especially the older blogs. My links above are all new and current.

I have only positive things to say about Permission to Mother, an autobiographical account of a thoughtful mother and clinician who courageously writes from her heart, soul, brain, and personal experience; who is open to change in her views and opinions and is not guided by the safety of rules of any group or the status quo; she is guided by love and openness to the experiences life brings her and her family. Her process benefits her and those around her and those who read her words. And to add to that, the writing style and story telling ability here make it a very enjoyable read speckled with both the humor and seriousness of life. ~Laura Keegan RN FNP, author of Breastfeeding with Comfort and Joy

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Thursday, March 29, 2012

Activities (Vero and Delray)


Delray Beach Palms Birth House – April 27th 10:30

Vero Beach – May 17th 10:30 (Dr Max Cohens Chiropractic office3730 7th Terrace Ste 302, Seacoast Bank Building, third floor)

Informal discussion with Dr. Punger on your personal "Permission to Mother" your children through childbirth, breastfeeding, mothering and more. This is free. Appropriate for mother's with babies under two and who are pregnant. Babies and toddlers welcome.

Permission to Mother available after meeting and at the office for $10 for meeting attendees.

                                                                 Abby and I look forward to meeting you!  

Saturday, March 24, 2012

Cloth Diaper Benefits and Accessibility

I am hooked! Sad, I didn't start earlier,
it's so much easier than I expected.
I know many of you are using cloth diapers.

I have them in stock. When I first started my practice I introduced many moms to diapering and I was the only place they could get to touch and feel (and try on) in real life before purchasing. With the busy-ness of my practice through winter season in Florida, I didn't spend a lot of time on showing you the beautiful inventory of soft natural diapers that I have. I wanted to take a moment to remind you. Please let me or Crystal know if you need more info.

1. I have cotton pre-folds for small babies including newborn and preemies (just in-case your baby was smaller than expected).
2. I have large absorbent pre-folds for over 35 pounds. Great for toddler who  is still night wetting (or won't train yet).
3. I have four different sizes of pre-folds (these are the basic rectangle diaper). Pre-folds are classic not fad. They passed the test of time.
4. Pre-folds make good burp clothes and rags.You never out grow them. They just go to other uses.
5. Pre-folds with a few covers are the least expensive way to get started in cloth diapering with a brand new stash.
6. Pre-folds can cushion your supply of diapers inexpensively, just so you have a little flexibility to space out your washings.
7. Pre-folds can be used as liners inside many of your other modern cloth diapers. Again, you don't outgrow your investment.
8. I have organic bamboo fitted with snaps for 12-35 pounds. These are about the softest diapers I have felt.
9. I have many beautiful covers to go over fitted or pre-folds and fitted; white, print, velcro, snaps, single and double gusset.
10. Nothing in my inventory needs diaper pins.
11. I have a few remaining All-in-One Bumkins in neutral plain white and some really cute prints.

Every style I have, I used on my own son. David was exclusively diapered in these styles. They are durable, absorbible and designed for success. There was no going back to paper once I felt how soft they were. Also, they are very photogenic when it comes to portraits. I didn't have as many options as you have today. I diapered him right through the hurricanes,  traveling, and stomach bugs. I left the All-in-Ones for the teen sitter and older boys to use up first when I was away. When I do something, I do it 100%. This variety got me through all situations. I  never liked the popular pockets you had to stuff, but I am impressed by the variety in diapering options today.

If you are new to cloth diapering, you will find it very rewarding. I started with my third baby, but if you start with your first baby, you save over the years. You can start off cloth diaper part time if you are hesitant.

With these styles I can provide you with 100% support because I was so successful with them.

If you are an experienced cloth diaper user, there might be another print or style to add to your stash and experience.

$10 Gift Certificate
Permission to Mother by Denise Punger is available on amazon. In appreciation for your thoughtful feedback on Permission to Mother’s amazon page, we will thank you with a $10 certificate, good towards the items above. That would be like a FREE cover or a few pre-folds. Confirm that your review published and come in to the office and pick out an item. Amber beads excluded.

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

(In Stock!!) Amber Beads for Teething and Pain

I have been impressed with the personal testimonies from mothers when their baby wears Baltic Amber Bead Necklaces. I've been hearing about calmer babies, less fussing, better sleeping, reduced need for medication. It takes about 25 days to get it when placing an order. They come from Lithuania, from now on I am going to keep stocked up on baby necklaces and occasionally mother (adult) necklaces and bracelets.  Baby can start wearing them when the drool starts at 8 weeks old. You may come by the office during regular hours. I will consider shipping either contact us at or 772-466-8884 ext 2. 

I am expecting the next order to arrive mid-April. 

Since remote times, the beauty of Baltic amber was attracting attention. Amber jewelry is a treasure to own, for centuries was worn only by nobility and not affordable to the masses. Amber jewelry is fashionable and soaring in popularity even today. Amber jewelry balances person's mood, pleases the eye, lessens depression.
Because amber was ascribed many healing properties it came to be used medicinally in many cultures. Wearing close to the skin is a traditional European remedy for teething. Its healing properties effects will calm your child without applying to drugs. Most of our amber teething necklaces are processed to softly rounded shape amber beads to keep intense healing effects to reduce stress but give general sense of wellness.
Baltic amber is an excellent natural antibiotic. Women suffering from goiter uses unpolished natural raw pieces of amber to wear close to neck. Amber stone produces positive effect on the heart, nervous system and the kidneys.

How it works? When a baby is wearing amber teething necklace on the skin, the skin's warmth releases healing oils from the amber (a resin) which are absorbed via the skin into the bloodstream.Amber is not a stone and therefore warm to the touch, as well as very comfortable and light to wear. Children wearing amber is a very old traditional custom in Europe and the Far East. Amber is known to reduce inflammation of the throat, ear and stomach and to fight inflammation, infections and respiratory disease. Traditional beaded amber necklaces are a less intrusive remedy for the pain and side effects of teething, such as lack of appetite, upset tummies, ear ache, fevers and colds. A natural analgesic, amber will help calm a baby without resorting to drugs. Amber's anti-inflammatory and therapeutic properties are also recognized by allopathic medicine. These necklaces are long known for the healing properties of amber which include calmative, analgesic, antispasmodic, expectorant, and febrifuge (anti-fever) functions. 
At the S&S restaurant in Ft. Pierce.

Whom are they for? Wearing Baltic Amber baby teething natural pain relief necklaces are suitable for babies (toddlers) and children. They are not designed for chewing them with teeth, parent supervision is recommended at all times when baby is wearing necklace. Amber is associated with sunlight and warmth and reputed to boost the immune system, reduce inflammation and accelerate the healing of wounds and is thus the perfect help for babies and toddlers who wear it when they are teething. Designed for boys and girls. These necklaces are a must have for teething symptoms. Baltic Amber is completely natural pain relief with no side effects.The necklace can be worn from 8 weeks and up. Although you can start you child wearing this necklace at any time, the earlier the better. If your child wears it at a young age they will not even know it is there and they will not touch it or pull on it. 

How are they made? What happen if necklace gets torn? Sizes colors and shape of stones and the length of the necklace may vary from necklace to necklace. All amber stones we use for our amber jewelry are genuine, authentic, natural Baltic amber stones. It is not artificial, plastic, synthetic, reconstituted or substitute for amber. Every bead is knotted in between to prevent choking hazard. Even if string got torn only one bead would come of. Strong silk, matching to amber color is used for every necklace uses twist screw closure, clasp or strong magnetic clasp for safety.String is very strong and breaking is unlikely to happen, even if the necklace would break only one bead would come of. The Baby Amber necklace beads are light and small. The bead is therefore too small for a baby/child to choke on. But, if a baby or child should swallow a bead from the Baby Amber necklace, it won't be harmful since it is not poisonous. It used to be ground up and swallowed in medicinal mixtures. 

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Scott and his Shuggie's

That's a sugar glider in Scott's pocket. They are nocturnal and it so hard to get a descent photo of them. This photo is precious if you ask his biased mother. If you look closely there is one in the back right pocket under his hand, also,  just barely peaking out. A shuggie, a sugar glider, is a little marsupial. Scott hates when I describe them as a small possums or bat-like with fur. Really they are more like kangaroos or koalas. When not in his pockets, they have a safe cage with a pouch, wheel and perch.

But the point is marcupial's have pouches to carry their young. And many other animal babies come equipped to know how to cling to their mom's back when traveling. Human moms don't have pouches and babies don't have the equipment to hang on. But our human babies do like being held in carriers that keep them close to mom's heart and when older they do like being held up on moms back gaining a great perspective (vs being in a stroller).

Scott's pets like being in the pockets of his shirt. That is how they bond with him. He also has fleece slings he can tote them around in together in the same pouch. .

Often mothers are afraid that babywearing, extended breastfeeding, extended co-sleeping "spoil" the baby. That's ok by me if "spoiled rotten" means a 14 year old (almost) understanding the importance of bonding and touch and applies it to raising and training his animals. We often only hear about bad outcomes of teenagers. The gentle love that babywearing, breastfeeding, babywearing in the early years may instill values that get paid forward.

Treasure Coast Babywearing Group

Do you know we have a Treasure Coast Babywearing group?  You can find the group on-line at facebook. You can find them in real life often at the  Treasure Coast Mall on many Tuesdays around noon in the food court/play area. They are also going to have a class room setting meeting towards Vero once a month. I love the idea of them meeting at the mall. I went to the mall to observe about mothering and strollers when I was pregnant 16 years ago. How I wish I ran into this group then.

I didn't do to good wearing my first son. I was getting better with the ring sling with Scott. When David was a baby I did ok in Georgia without support. When David and I moved down to Florida. He was about 8 months old, I had support and my doulas started experimenting with different patterns that I sold in the office. Then the Baby Wearing DVD came out and I was an expert in non padded ring slings. There are other options like the 5 yard woven wrap (as Jade is wearing). The Mei Tai is a good one. Then there are buckle varieties like Ergo. There are so many I can't keep up anymore.

If you go to any big event like the county fair, farmer's market, or the parade, you are likely to run into BABYWEARERS. Our group is getting big. Mom's are really catching on. Not that the group formally meets in all these places, but babywearing makes it easy for moms to get out and have fun. We are visible.

I don't currently have slings available in my office now because there are so many options to consider, But I am working on it and considering it. Let me tell you a story about the very last sling in my office... Jade came in and tried it on. It is a beautiful sling. In my heart I knew it was too long for her. She wanted it and I made peace with myself that she seemed satisfied but praying that she wouldn't twist an ankle over the long tail. Next time I see her she sewed on a button and loop so she doesn't trip over the end. The next thing I know she is attending Babywearing Certification. As my teens would say *facepalm*. I am so embarrassed that I sold a soon-to-be Babywearing Expert a ring sling way too long for her. Me and Jade can laugh about it now and she says it is one of the many things that that enticed her to pursue Certification in babywearing. I am still comfortable helping you with a ring sling-- really I am  and I will tell you honestly if it is too long. I am so glad to have Jade and the Treasure Coast Babywearing group to refer you to for all the new wraps and twists.

 In the first photo Jade is wearing her woven wrap. I just admire how securely and neatly she has it tied.  I have no more little baby. so I "stole" Maverik and Jade's textured ringsling to see if I can still "do it." I passed Jade's inspection. Whew! ( Seeing the photo, I'd put the rings a little higher.)

To the right is Maverik with his mom, Tara. He was happy to go back to her arms. And the other mom is Tara, too. They are both wearing locally made slings.Dr. Prann's mother made the one I tried on and Tara has on one by Marina. ( I hope I have given all credit wear credit is due.) Abby took some photos.

Baby's like to be held. Using a carrier is good. But some of them are crotch danglers and not good for the baby's hip and spine. So there is better and best. (Worst is not holding your baby at all. or just propping.) Treasure Coast Babywearing can help you with better and best.

Please join us on Facebook "Treasure Coast Babywearing."

Saturday, March 3, 2012

The "Shuggie" Feeling

William, my oldest, was savoring the Farmer's Market ham crescent, ribs, and other treats I brought home for him this morning ( I know, all kosher & healthy stuff, not.). As I told him it was such a delight, to watch him be totally immersed in his food, I remembered that it was with a similar pleasure that I felt with him as a baby relax at the breast. I didn't know much about breastfeeding when I had my first son (nor did I even know of the real importance) and it is this "spell" that seemed to cast over him when he got into his nursing rhythm that kept me going while I was suspicious of any real benefit.

That and my husband telling me he thought their was a chance that breastfed babies might be smarter. I really didn't start off my breastfeeding journey with a whole lot of facts to hang on to. If I had any significant difficulties, I could have easily been doomed.

Another story. My 13 year old has sugar gliders (a little furry marsupial) that he carries around in a fleece pouch (much like a sling). David, the youngest, likes to imitate being a glider. He cuddles in a fleece blanket (that my mom made for him) next to me and be "my shuggie." (shuggie = sugar glider).

I have long thought if I stopped breastfeeding, babywearing, co-sleeping before they could remember, they would not share my values. Even if some of this doesn't workout  for another mother/baby or they stop before a strong memory for any of it, taking photos, having a library of books, continuing to be involved in the community of mothering reinforces these values over and over.

Although, it is no guarantee of anything to come, I could only hope that the "shuggie" feeling is something he will remember when he is holding his baby and making parenting decisions.

Our dog looks after the boys, too.

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