December 23, 2015
By Karen Masejian Shan
Donna Bruschi, owner of New Baby New Paltz, a store, gathering place and resource for expectant and new parents and their babies in New Paltz, said people are attracted to holistic care for their infants because it’s not intrusive.
“A lot of holistic care is permission-based,” said Bruschi, who also is a lactation consultant. “We work slowly with the baby; the baby leads and the care and support follow.”
For parents, she said, holistic care is empowering.
“When a doctor says, ‘We have to do this,’ it takes the parent out of the equation,” Bruschi said. “Holistic care says this is what’s going on, in what way would you like to handle this? It comes from a place of knowing and choice.”
Often, she said, her lactation clients are eager to learn about holistic practices for their babies, including the benefits of breast-feeding, cloth diapering and the use of natural creams, ointments and products. Many also are interested in the availability of holistic methodologies, including those offered through the business, such as chiropractic, homeopathy, Pilates, music and movement, and others.
“Parents are doing research and finding other parents talking about babies’ consciousness,” Bruschi said. “Babies come into the world and they understand what you’re saying. They are their own human beings with wants and desires. A brand-new baby can tell you they don’t want to be treated that way – they will shut down and cry.”
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