34. A Dad’s Perspective on Life with a Newborn – with Noam Shanker

On today’s episode, Elle and Taylor are joined by Noam Shanker, Caitlin Francis’s husband, operations manager, and new dad to talk about life with a newborn baby. Noam talks with Elle and Taylor about taking a newborn care class, bonding with his new baby, his favorite things they got off their baby registry, white noise and ASMR/ambience sounds, getting pregnant, how to discuss baby care duties with your partner, how parenting is changing in our generation, and choosing baby names.

“I’m really glad we did that class on how to take care of a baby, because I had no idea going in.” – Noam Shanker

“Knowing what we were doing going in made so much of a difference.” – Noam Shanker

“We made a baby, and now we’re making a person.” – Noam Shanker

“They will continue to keep you on your toes, and JUST when you think you’ve got a handle on something, they’ll switch it up on you – just for funsies!” – Elle Kennedy

“It’s a whole new world. It really does change your life.” – Noam Shanker

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Todays guest: Noam Shanker

Noam is an Operations Manager from Southern California. He had held a baby exactly 4 times in his life before his son was born 8 weeks ago.

Resources related to todays episode:

Hatch Sound Machine

Portable Sound Machine

Hogwarts Common Room Ambience

Enchanted Forest Ambience

Who are Elle and Taylor?

Elle Kennedy is a maternity, birth, and family photographer and doula based in Orange County, California. Shes a mother of two, a member of the LGBTQ+ community, and an advocate for consent and respect for personal preferences during pregnancy, labor, birth, and postpartum. She homeschools, is polyamorous, loves tea and scones, and loves using her free time to create and bake.

Dr. Taylor Garcia is a Webster Certified Chiropractor located in the Orange County, California area, with a family practice that focuses on pregnant persons and babies. She is currently going through the International Chiropractic Pediatric Association’s certification program and plans to have that completes by 2021. While not a mama yet, she is the consummate “mom friend,” and hopes to adopt with her partners in about 5 years. She is part of the LGBTQ+ community and polyamorous. She believes in focusing on health and wellness from before birth, and using that as a firm foundation for health and wellness throughout life. She believes in the importance of connection and consent in all aspects of life. She is a dancer, a writer, a bookworm, and a fan of music and musicals.

Contact Elle:

Instagram: @elle.kennedy.photography

Website: ellekennedyphotography.com

Facebook: Elle Kennedy Photography

Contact Taylor:

Website: birthandbeyondchiro.com

Email: taylorjgarcia@att.net

Facebook: Dr. Taylor Garcia, DC

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