ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Yvette was born in Panama, Central America and grew up in Brooklyn, NY. She is very proud to come from a country where greats like Mariano Rivera and other great baseball players and celebrities were born like Roberto Duran and Ruben Blades. She is a huge baseball fan, her favorite team of course is The New York Yankees! Today, Yvette is one of New York City’s most respected child care authorities. An experienced Certified Baby Nurse, Newborn Sleep Coach, First Time Parents Coach, Postpartum Doula, mother and grandmother, who truly enjoys loving, caring and spoiling all newborn babies. Indeed, newborns are her passion and in her words, caring for the newborn baby never gets old!
Growing up in Panama, one of Yvette's family business was baby nurseries, or guarderias. Her happiest childhood memories were there, learning baby care from her beloved aunt Ruby who owned the biggest guarderia where children ranged in age from newborn through Kindergarten, her aunt Ruby also owned and taught Kinder which was called Juana De Arco (Joan Of Arc).
Today, Yvette has taken on the role of teacher, training baby nurses and new parents to take wonderful care of their babies. She has written Newborn Care Made Simple to prepare expectant parents for all the joys and challenges of welcoming home a brand new baby.
From I was a baby myself I adored the babies! Like any child, I could be out playing but I chose to spend time at the guarderias. I loved to soothe the crying babies and act as their mother or nurse. When I became older, I knew I was going to do something in life that had to do with babies.
In Latin countries, training for adult life begins at a young age. My mother, grandmother and aunts instilled honored and age-old traditions. As a child, I learned and had a knack for comforting newborns when they cried inconsolably.
It is really funny how life recycles everything, many of today’s methods can be considered long-standing ways. Back in the day we used to swaddle (with a material crocus sack a variant to burlap) to stop a newborn from crying. We would then take the infant outside so nature could soothe the baby. Of course today there are so many beautiful receiving and swaddling blankets on the market, crocus today is simply a memory.
-Eileen E. Hegel
Author Of Higher Ways
Professor At Clemson University