Samantha Kauffman

Samantha Kauffman, RNC, is the perinatal education coordinator at Spectrum Health Gerber Memorial. She holds an extra certification in OB nursing, is a certified childbirth educator, a certified mother-friendly nurse, Rebozo certified, and a hypnobirthing practioner. She enjoys working with new parents or parents adding to their family. Samantha and her husband have been married for 32 years. Both grew up in Newaygo County and they have six children, four grandsons, and one granddaughter. Samantha enjoys working in her community and with the OB providers at Gerber Memorial to share how awesome childbirth and children are. She also enjoys scrapbooking, sewing, reading, and biking.

Samantha Kauffman

Posts from Samantha Kauffman

Expecting? Know your good fats, bad fats

Avocados, nuts, fish and healthy oils ought to have a firm spot in your diet while that little person grows inside you.

Protein: Power for pregnancy

Research suggests improved fetal growth rates result from moms with higher-protein diets.

Expecting? Don't skimp on healthy carbs

And don't be afraid of weight gain, especially from unprocessed foods.

Pregnant? Keep a belly-minded brain

It's absolutely essential expectant moms keep nutrition top of mind.

Your new baby's Valentine's test

February is a great month to remember—every new baby should undergo a heart check before heading home.

Sound check ... 1, 2, 3

A hearing test for new babies? You betcha.

Let the sunshine vitamin in

Vitamin D isn't just for winter—it can be taken year-round, especially if you're an expectant mom.

Change your baby's DNA

All it takes is a hug and a cuddle to set your little one on the right path.

The family-friendly C-section

A cesarean section shouldn't keep mom from getting immediate skin-to-skin time with her little one.

Low temps, little bundles

No matter what Old Man Winter throws at you, a few smart precautions will ensure your little ones stay warm when you take them out and about.

New baby, new traditions

If you've got a little one on the way, the holidays are the perfect time to think about creating new traditions—and reintroducing old ones.

The extra organ

Amid the many wonders of pregnancy, the placenta plays a uniquely indispensable role in the health of mom and baby.