- Mommy Chick of the Month | Stephanie Pascarella from Wash with Water - November 6, 2017
- Mommy Chick of the Month | Steffy Degreff from Steffy’s Pros and Cons - October 3, 2017
- Mommy Chick of the Month | Lori Caden of Belly Bandit - September 4, 2017
Mary Alice Martin is a birth and postpartum doula in Houston, Texas. She is currently studying to be a midwife (hatching 2018!). Academically, she studies documentary films and their effect on our perceptions of pregnancy, childbirth, and motherhood in the United States. She is passionate about women’s health, yoga, and evidence-based birth!
This month, we’re so excited to introduce Lori Caden as our September Mommy Chick! She is the creator of one of our favorite postpartum items, the Belly Bandit. She’s sharing her passion for creating solution-based products for moms as well as her practical tips for balancing work and motherhood.
Team Baby Chick: Hi, Lori! Tell us a little bit about Belly Bandit. What inspired you to start your company?
Lori: It all started after my first pregnancy. My sisters were sick of hearing me complain about my post-baby belly. We knew there had to be a better and easier way for women to get their body back after baby. The Belly Bandit was conceived after years of research, consultation with ob-gyns, and trial and error. By the time my second child was born, we had created our first Belly Bandit Belly Wrap and knew we had a product that would revolutionize the industry.
TBC: What accomplishment are you most proud of in your business?
L: I’m incredibly proud that we were able to take the centuries old practice of post-partum belly wrapping and find a way to modernize it and make it available to women around the globe, who can now safely and stylishly practice postpartum compression.
TBC: What kind of work projects excite you?
L: What excites me the most is when we are able to come up with an innovative solution to a problem faced by women. We strive to make all our products solution-based and nothing is more exciting that hearing from our customers that we were able to lend a hand in helping them overcome their pregnancy and postpartum issues.
TBC: How would you describe yourself in four words? What would they be and why?
L: Passionate and persistent (an unbeatable combination). Relentless and resourceful (according to my husband 🙂 )
TBC: What’s the greatest lesson (or lessons) that motherhood has taught you?
L: To not “sweat the small stuff”–chocolate on a white couch doesn’t even phase me anymore!
TBC: What are your favorite things about being a mother?
L: I would have to say my favorite thing about being a mom is seeing the world through my kids eyes and hearing the sound of their laughter.
TBC: What’s a piece of advice that you wish you would have known and would like to share with expecting moms and/or brand new mothers?
L: My best piece of advice to expecting and new moms would be that motherhood does not come with a set of rules, so create your own and block out the noise.
TBC: What are your secrets to being a happy mommy and wife?
L: The secret to my happiness is carving out time for myself, so I can be present for my family.
TBC: What are your greatest hopes for our children’s’ future—the next generation?
L: My greatest hope for my children is that they will be happy, healthy, humble and well adjusted.
TBC: What are your greatest hopes for women and mothers everywhere?
L: Belly Bandit is all about empowering women to look and feel their absolute best and my hope is that all women can find a way to achieve that self-love . . . as we all know, it’s not easy.
We loved getting to know Lori a little bit more and having the opportunity to share her story with all of our readers. We hope you enjoyed it as well! Have you used the Belly Bandit after delivery? Share your thoughts in the comments below.