Expecting Parents

Dean Hopkins, General Manager, Duchesnay USA

"Take life one step at a time—this advice proves true, personally and professionally. It’s important to live in the moment when I’m with my children. I travel extensively for work; I have to make it a priority to spend quality time with my family while at home."

Expecting Parents

Janis Biermann, Senior Vice President, Education & Health Promotion, March of Dimes

"Give your kids the best chances in life before they’re born. If you’re even thinking of having a baby, get a preconception health checkup. Take a daily multivitamin with folic acid to prevent serious birth defects. These are steps every woman can take."

Expecting Parents

Hollie Schultz, CEO, Baby Gizmo

"You have to accept that having a baby basically changes your body, mind and soul forever and gives you lifetime membership to the best club in the world: motherhood. When parenting gets hard—and it will—just remember that they won't be little forever, so cherish every minute with them that you can, even during the difficult times."

Expecting Parents

Wanda Barfield, M.D., M.P.H., Director, Division of Reproductive Health, CDC

"Sit and read with your children every night at bedtime, even as they grow into teenagers. It not only helps them to become lovers of books, but it’s also a great time to share and learn about their day."

Expecting Parents

Danielle Rigg, Co-founder, CEO, Best for Babes Foundation

"Learn about breastfeeding before you give birth. Take a class, join a support group, find an IBCLC, learn how to hand express and learn about donor milk for preemies. We’re cheering you on."

Expecting Parents

Lauren M. Pfeiffer, Director, Marketing, Juvenile Products Manufacturers Association

"The best parenting advice I have heard is that you will receive a variety of input, suggestions and advice from all sorts of people. Smile and be thankful for that advice, but do whatever works best for you and your family."

Expecting Parents

Nicole Gower, Chair-Elect, Spina Bifida Association; SB Parent

"Raise your children knowing you will one day let them go. Teach them to volunteer, communicate well and treat others as you want to be treated."