Just Between Friends Local Consignment Event

Didn’t find what you were looking for at the fall Half-Pint Resale or Moms of Multiples sale? Well, get ready for the HUGE Just Between Friends/Dane County East Kids and Maternity Consignment Sale. The event is back at the Waunakee Village Center this fall.

The event kicks off with presales on Thursday, September 29. The public sales run on Friday, September 30 (9am-6pm), Saturday, October 1st, (9am-6pm, 25% off sale) and Sunday, October 2nd (9am-noon, 50% off sale). A special sales event for first-time parents, grandparents and foster parents is planned for Friday evening from 6:00 to 8:00 with door prizes including a new $250 stroller.

Just Between Friends/Dane County East is doing its part to help area families turn their unneeded items into cash. Consignors price their own items and tag them using a free, easy, online bar code system. They can earn 65% of the sales price, 70% if they volunteer.

The event brings together thousands of new and gently used children’s and maternity items and makes them available for other families to purchase at great prices. Families will find great deals clothing, costumes, baby equipment and furniture, DVDs, books, toys, bags and much more. This and other locally-owned and operated JBF events help thousands of families save money each year. In addition, many consignors chose to donate their unsold items to a local charity extending the benefits to families even further.

Come shop and save at the JBF Dane County East sale at the Waunakee Village Center (333 S. Madison St., Waunakee, WI). Contact us through JBFDCEast@gmail.com, on Facebook, danecountyeast.jbfsale.com or www.jbfsale.com.

Also, watch for their first ever Winter/Holiday event at the East Side Business Club in Madison from November 12-14.

MadisonMamas.com

There’s a new resource for Madison area parents! MadisonMamas.com is a website that lists hundreds of links for pregnancy, groups, classes, activities, fitness, services, dining and shopping. Features showcase local events, specials, books, project ideas, recipes, decor, new products and much more. You can also post questions and comments to other local parents on their Facebook page: Madison Mamas

I’ve already found the website extremely useful for finding new kid-friendly places to shop and eat in the area. The site is so well organized, it’s simple to find exactly what you’re looking for. And I love the “Features” section – it’s given me some great ideas! (and MadisonMamas.com was kind enough to feature RM blogger – and local Barefoot Books Ambassador – Kat yesterday! Thanks, ladies!)

Blog Catch Up

Okay, I admit it, some days the last thing I want to do during Milena’s nap time is sit in front of the computer and write blog entries. And I’m realizing it’s becoming more and more common for me to just click “share” on Facebook and post events/etc on our FB page without a single thought to our blog readers.

My apologizes!

So here’s what you may have missed recently (plus some new stuff for our devoted FB readers!):

Bellypallooza at Happy Bambino: Treat Your Girls Right! This Saturday, June 18, at 1 pm.

Adria Cannon, Happy Bambino’s fabulous Lacation Consultant, will discuss how your breasts change through pregnancy, breastfeeding, and beyond.

Alison will go through the basics of finding a great-fitting bra to give your hardest working assets the support they deserve and discuss why having a good nursing bra is so important.

Adult Swim at the Madison Children’s Museum, Friday, June 24 at 6 pm.

No kids allowed in a children’s museum? Yes, you read that right! MCM’s first Adult Swim event in March was a smashing success, with more than 400 grownups getting to be kids for the night. No, we don’t have a swimming pool, but we’ll honor the time-honored “adult swim” tradition at public pools as we kick the kids out so adults can have the museum to themselves. It’s a great event to attend with a group of friends, family, or co-workers!

The event features the disco beats of the Madison supergroup V05; favorite activities from our Retro Technology Nights, including vintage films, theremin-playing, and Pong; plus wine, beer, and Roman Candle pizza available for purchase. Climb the Hodgepodge Mahal, drive the Punch Buggy, and take in the work of more than 120 local artists who contributed pieces to the new museum!

Event schedule:
6:30–7:30: Lounge music in Possible-opolis by Dave Adler of The Gomers
6:30–8:30: Vintage cartoons, commercials, and film rarities from the collection of Biff Blumfumgagnge
6:30-8: Make a Tie-Dyed Silk Scarf ($5 materials fee)
7:30–9:30: VO5 dance party on the Rooftop Ramble
Throughout the evening: Elevator Music by MCM’s Tom Teslik

Ages 21 & up only
Tickets: $10 advance, $12 at the door; includes one free drink ticket. Tickets are on sale now at MadisonChildrensMuseum.org.

RM reader Mallory passed along this link to us today:

Wisconsin Explorer Booklet for ages 2-5. (the site says “3-5 years”, but I know my two year old will love this!)

Follow footprints, be a tree detective, watch the clouds, look at the stars, play “I Spy,” and find special places! Preschoolers will need a caring grown-up to explore with them.

Kids can pick up a free Wisconsin Explorer booklet at a participating state park, forest, trail, or recreation area OR download the booklet here.

And don’t forget to have your kids pick up a Nature Passport this summer! (Milena already has 5 stamps in hers!)

Nature Passport is an educational nature “scavenger hunt” for children and parents. Explore Nature Net nature centers, parks and museums in the Dane County area at your leisure and, using your senses, record observations in your own Nature Passport. See if you can meet Ringo Raccoon’s nature challenge this year! During your visit, stamp your Nature Passport to mark your adventures. Visit as many Nature Passport sites as you want!

Nature Passport Includes:

For Kids…
Each child receives a special Nature Passport containing pages to draw and write about their amazing journeys at various Nature Passport sites! This year’s theme also includes a “Movin’ Mission” to encourage healthy, physically-active kids.

For Parents…
Look at the online Parent’s Guide for fun facts and explanations to help spark your kids’ imagination and answer those big questions like: How do we see color?

Madison Public Library’s Summer FUN Agenda

Looking for some family fun in the downtown area this summer? We’ve got your FUN Agenda! The Madison Children’s Activity Calendar features entertainment, hands-on fun, and learning for kids and their families. A collaboration among the Madison Children’s Museum, the Wisconsin Veterans Museum, the Wisconsin Historical Museum, the Madison Public Library – Central Library, UW Space Place, the Madison Mallards, and Monona Terrace, the program includes a variety of fun and educational events for the whole family.

Start off with the FUN Agenda kickoff event on Wednesday, June 15, 10-11:30 am. in the Monona Terrace Exhibition Hall (1 John Nolen Drive). The event will feature seven different activity stations for children aged 4 – 8:

Madison Public Library – Central Library
Paper Dragon Masks, in celebration of our “One World, Many Stories” summer reading club we will be making paper dragon masks. Kids can color, cut, and decorate their own mask!

Madison Children’s Museum
Plant a garden and run a market stand with our Let’s Grow mobile exhibit, which promotes nutrition education while providing an opportunity for kids to learn about cultivating healthy foods and getting them onto the table. Plant seeds in Dixie cups and visit with the chickens.

Madison Mallards
Come get your photo taken with the team mascot, Maynard the Mallard, and take a leap onto the Velcro Wall. Don’t forget to pick up your Madison Mallards pocket schedule.

Monona Terrace
Frank Lloyd Wright not only designed buildings he also designed carpeting. Come design your own carpet pattern and using crayons, markers, and colored pencils add color to your design.

UW Space Place
We will be doing the ever popular alka-seltzer rockets and making sun necklaces.

Wisconsin Historical Museum
Join staff from the Wisconsin Historical Museum as they celebrate 25 years on the Capitol Square by fabricating a celebration spiral decoration to take home.

Wisconsin Veterans Museum
Commemorate the 150th anniversary of the Civil War with educational games and making bald eagle hand puppets.

In the event of inclement weather, program will be moved inside.

Spring Half-Pint Resale – April 8-9

I am counting down the days until Friday, when the spring Half-Pint Resale starts! Half-Pint is my favorite place to find great clothes and toys for Milena. (Though admittedly my least favorite place to run into all my friends – since most of our kids wear the same size!) There’s always such a huge assortment of items – including baby carriers, cloth diapers, breastfeeding accessories and more!

Half-Pint Resale is this Friday and Saturday, April 8-9, at the Goodman Community Center. The public sale runs from 2 – 8 pm on Friday (no strollers from 2-5pm!) and continues from 8 am – noon on Saturday. Then, from 1 – 5 pm on Saturday, everything left is half price! (We have always found some amazing items during this part of the sale.)

For more detailed info regarding the sale, check out Half-Pint’s website.

If this is your first time shopping Half-Pint, take a moment to read how to make the most of your experience. Remember they accept cash and local checks only!

And be sure to fill out their great boy and girl cheat sheets before heading to the sale!

We’ll see you at Half-Pint!

And if you’re looking for more info on local resale, be sure to check out our “Thrifty Kiddos” posts!

Madison Kids Expo

Madison Kids Expo is February 19 & 20 at Exhibition Hall at the Alliant Energy Center. Hours: 10 am – 4 pm each day

“Brava Magazine, one of the areas premier magazines for women, will sponsor this great expo. The Madison Kid’s Expo is a great opportunity to spend a weekend focusing on our area’s greatest asset: our kids. On display will be the latest products, innovations, and services in family health care, education, recreation, food, fitness, safety, entertainment and fun for both families and parents-to-be. The expo itself will feature a main stage and over 100 exhibitors.”

Join Bean Sprouts Cafe for snacks and storytime throughout the weekend. The Main Stage will also have entertainers including the Kenland Band and Kiddy-Oke with the Gomers. (Click here for a full schedule of events.)

Standard Admission: Adults $5, Children $3, Kids under two are free.

Charter Communications is also offering a discount coupon, which would let you save $3 per adult and $2 per child off of the standard admission price.

Madison Made

We at Raising Madison love shopping local, and we’re always so happy to come across a product that’s made locally as well. We’ve really enjoyed sharing our favorite local Etsy shops with you (here and here), so we’re excited to share some small, local companies which produce kid/family-friendly products. If your family has another favorite local company or has purchased something from the companies below, please share your experiences in the comments!

The Baby Foodies: Spices made specifically for kids

“After our pediatrician told us that adding spices to our baby’s food could help him develop his palate and lead to a lifetime of better eating choices, we were excited and headed straight to the supermarket. Turned out, it was tougher than we thought to find spices we knew were safe to mix into our son’s food. How do you even know what’s in there if the label just says “spices”?

The Baby Foodies is our answer to the problem. We searched for months to find the highest quality spices in their purest form, and then worked with an artisan, USDA regulated and certified small batch spice importer to create three custom blends that match well with tradition pureed baby food.

Our boutique, small batch seasoning blends can help parents safely introduce exciting new flavors because they are specially designed for infants. All spices in our blends are responsibly sourced and cryogenically processed to retain their ancient, natural benefits. In addition, The Baby Foodies blends are free of salt, sugar and any synthetic ingredients. We have taken care to provide parents with peace of mind – no “….oxides” and “polys…” to worry about.
And then we chose bpa-free glass bottles and printed our labels on corn (not petroleum) based labels. Good for your baby, good for the earth.”

To find out more about The Baby Foodies, check out the FAQ page and their catalog of products.

The Baby Foodies spices are available at both Willy St. Co-Op locations.

LuSa Organics (formerly Queen Bee Soaps).

“LuSa Organics began its journey as Queen Bee’s Earthly Delights in 1997. We changed our name to LuSa Organics in 2008 to combine our baby and body care products under a single cohesive line. At the same time, we took our products to a new level with organic ingredients. Organic is how we eat, how we live, and now how we run our business.

LuSa Organics and the Wolf clan are based in Viroqua, Wisconsin — arguably the most magical small town on earth.”

LuSa Organics has products both for baby (including baby soap, chin & cheek balm, and diaper care products) and for mama (including the belly balm Kat used through most of her pregnancy!). They also have products for the entire family, like soaps, bath salts, and lip balms.

LuSa Organics products are available on their website and at numerous Wisconsin retailers, including locally at the Dane County Farmers’ Market, Satara Baby & Satara Home, and the Madison Birth Center.

Mojowear (formerly Bernie’s Girl)

Mojowear is a home-based craft business offering reconstructed clothing, hand-dyed hand-stamped tee shirts and jewelry to folks who have a taste for something handmade and unique.

From the website: “Who am I? I’m Mo. A single mom of two, living in Madison, WI, where we really do drink too much beer and eat too much cheese. Currently, I am living my long-held dream of pursuing my business full-time and enjoying the freedom that brings.

I like the idea of not being wasteful, and I suppose that comes out in my work and my process. I try to find a use for every scrap of material I am currently using and maximize every second of my working time, since my energies have become more limited. I’m not much of a pattern-cutting, careful sort … I like to let it take its own form and I just help it along.”

You can see examples of the products Mo makes on her website.

Mojowear products are sold at numerous locations in and around Madison, including Happy Bambino and the Dane County Farmers’ Market.

The folks at Nicki’s Diapers make the Best Bottom diapers and Planet Wise Wet Bags.

“After years of experience, Nicki the owner of Nicki’s Diapers created a new diaper taking the pros of all the different diapering systems and eliminated the cons. This resulted in the Best cloth diaper system available – trimmest fitting and highly absorbent! To help reduce early confusion and that overwhelmed feeling when researching cloth diapers, the Best Bottom diapers has simplified cloth diapering while making one of the most economical systems. The Best Bottom one size diapering system is not a pocket diaper, not an all in one, not a fitted diaper and not a prefold system … it is the best of all types!”

“After years of research we developed a truly great wet bag that will not leak or wick at the seams. What makes Planet Wise Wet Bags different? They are the first and only wet bag on the market that are not only sewn but also SEALED!!! PATENT PENDING!! You can put your wet wipes, super wet diapers, swimwear, or anything really wet into these bags and they won’t leak or wick. We also took great care in picking the very best fabrics including matching zipper and waterproof layer.”

Nicki’s Diapers is located at 739 N. High Point Rd in Sauk Point Square (836-1211).

Rock-a-Thigh Baby: Kiddie socks that rock, and stay up on top!

Rock-a-Thigh Baby™ was created back in October 2007, by local mama Jennifer. It was during one chilly Wisconsin spring evening in 2007 that Jen recognized the need for a sock that gives full leg coverage and stays up and stays on little feet and legs.

Rock-a-Thigh Baby™ strives to be good stewards of the environment. They are mindful about our ecological footprint. Their socks are an environmentally friendly, sustainable textile product.
Rock-a-Thigh Baby™ feels strongly about supporting the U.S. textile industry and American jobs. They are proud to say that their socks, from the yarn to the manufacturer, are 100% made in the USA.
Rock-a-Thigh Baby™ supports the local, national, and global community. They believe a company has the privilege and duty to help others when success allows for it to do so. For Rock-a-Thigh Baby™, this includes donating 10% of every online sale to one of their several designated charities.

You can purchase socks at the Rock-a-Thigh Baby website, or locally at Happy Bambino or at Playthings. Their socks are also available in other stores nationally and internationally!

For more info on Rock-a-Thigh socks, check out the Why RTB Socks Rock! section on their website.

Willow Sprouts

Catherine Bolden created WillowPads and The Willow Store back in 2005. Shortly after launching WillowPads, Catherine expanded her product line to offer additional solutions for modern families, and WillowSprouts was born. WillowSprouts has grown to offer reusable nursing pads, baby wipes, and diapers. True to their mission, WillowSprouts emphasizes premium quality, with the greenest possible organic solutions. Their products are the greenest solutions, with nothing to throw away.

Their newest cloth diaper, Sprout Change, “is unlike any other diaper on the market. It is a truly innovative, patent-pending, reversible one-size diaper system. Our system is the easiest, most convenient reusable diaper available, that also happens to give you the best fit and ultra-trim absorbency, it’s premium without the price. And made in the USA.”

You can purchase Willow Sprouts products online or at numerous local retailers including Nicki’s Diapers and Happy Bambino.

Doctors Reviews

We all know how important the health and well-being of our children is to us as parents, so finding someone you can trust to take care of your little ones (and support your decisions along the way) isn’t always easy. Below, a number of RM readers share their reviews of area doctors whom their families have grown to trust and recommend to others.

The reviews below are personal to the people who shared them. We realize that you may have met with the doctors listed below and had a completely different experience. If that’s the case, please feel free to leave your own review in the comments or e-mail Raising Madison and we’ll put it on the blog! And thanks so much to those who shared their reviews!


Pediatricians/Family Practice

Meriter

Dr. Ann E. Evensen is wonderful. She follows my health, delivered my little one, and is my little one’s primary also! No pediatrician for us. Family practice is best!
Kathy

Dean

Liliana and Charlie both travel from Fitchburg all the way to Dean east to see our beloved pediatrician Dr. Trias. We started seeing him about three and a half years ago and love and trust him! He has responded positively to us when we brought up our preferences for breastfeeding (and extended breastfeeding), cosleeping, cloth diapering, vaccine delay/skipping, gentle discipline, etc. He RESPECTS us as parents, and asks questions to be sure we’ve done the research to do things safely (cosleeping would be an example) but seems to realize the impact he has on parents as a doctor and words any recommendation very carefully so it doesn’t seem pushy or threatening. Our only issue has ever been that the receptionists at Dean East don’t seem to be allowed much room for flexibility in the schedule (this seems to be true with using the reception staff to book for any of the doctors there) but the times I have spoken with his nursing staff about a concern, they’ve always found a place for us in the schedule in a more reasonable time frame.
-Tiffany (RM blogger)

We take our toddler to Dr. Peter Harnish, a family practice doctor at the Dean East Clinic. We went to him because two other friends take their chlidren to him and we love him. His nurses are kind and gentle and we feel like we have so much time with each visit. He really listens, remembers small details about our family and personal lives, and is really invested in our family. My husband also sees him, and the benefit is that we can get so many questions answered in one visit. Like I said, I know two other friends who take their children to him and they’re very happy.

I personally see Dr. Virginia McKenna, who is also a family practice doctor at the Dean East Clinic and she’s fabulous. We laugh during appointments and she’s very responsive.
-Marlena

My whole family LOVES Dr. Danielle Gindlesberger (aka Dr. G.) [Dean Clinic-Sun Prairie]. She’s a family practitioner who does OB, so has seen myself and both of my daughters (husband is out of network) for the past 3 years. She always makes us feel like what we have to say is important and we never feel rushed. She’s patient with our 3 year old and has been great at keeping my pregnancy/newborn/infant fears (Can I eat Jimmy John’s while pregnant? Why won’t this baby take a bottle? OMG these HEMORROIDS!) and issues under control. Every time I had an (irrational) pregnancy fear, my concern was answered with a calm response, sometimes humor (regarding my GBS and antibiotics: “The vagina really is a theoretical place, unless something is passing through it…”), and usually a statistic I needed to hear (“In all the deliveries I’ve done, only ONE baby was born the opposite sex of what the ultrasound tech guessed at 20 weeks.”). She instinctively knows what I need to hear and how to tell me. I love the office staff and the nurses, never had issues with getting squeezed in, and she made it under the buzzer to my second (FAST!) delivery and got me grounded – I think it was her over everyone else in the room that I managed to focus on. Maybe part of it is I feel like I can relate to her since she’s my age (early 30s) and has 2 kids approximately the same ages as mine, so she’s been through (recently) the same things I’m going through … a picky-eater toddler (“Seriously, her dinner is a grape. A grape.”) and a baby who refused to take a bottle before I returned to work (so she recited her own bottle/sippy library to me to calm my hysterics). My 3 year old loves her enough that now she’s catching a cold and keeps asking us to “Take me to the hopspital so Dr. G. can fix me to make me stop sneezin.”
Nicole

Wildwood Family Clinic

I have had Dr. Lentfer as my family practice doctor for the past 8 years. She is one of the many family practice doctors that works out of Wildwood Clinic. Since having my first child in 2005, Dr. Lentfer has seen me through 3 pregnancies. She is the doctor for each of my 3 children. Dr. Lentfer is AMAZING! She is caring, practical, thorough, and attentive. If something arises that is beyond her area of expertise, she quickly refers us to a specialist whom she has personally worked with. She knows our entire family, remembers details about our lives and always makes us feel at home. If we need to get in quickly, they are always accommodating.
Dr. Lentfer’s main assistant is Kristel. Kristel is also amazing. She is kind, compassionate, and funny. She always goes above and beyond and treats us like family. I have never had a better experience with medical care than I have with Wildwood Clinic and Dr. Lentfer and Kristel. I would recommend them without question!!
Katrina

Anyone looking for a family practice doctor with patience, flexibility, and unlimited support should see Dr. Cambray at the Wildwood Clinic. He takes the time to get to know his patients and is willing to work with parents no matter what their values. While we believe in immunizing our daughter, we wanted to take a slower schedule. After 2 1/2 years, Dr. Cambray has helped us reach this goal.
Amy

I am a near eastside homebirther. My son Skylar, 2.5 and I see Dr. Jill Mallory at Wildwood Family Clinic in Cottage Grove. She is a family practitioner and provides OBGYN services as well. If you are the least bit alternative she is a great choice. If you are far out there – no vax, un-circumcised, co-sleeping … etc she is the best. She is non-judgmental and open minded. She makes a true connection with her patients. She regularly calls me back when I need something – not her nurses.
Jessica

Dr. Cambray has been Milena’s doctor since she was born. We’ve been really happy with all the doctors, nurses, and staff members we’ve encountered over the past two years. Everyone is friendly and welcoming and seems to remember us. One of our favorite parts about Wildwood is that one of their actual physicians is on call after hours to answer questions. We’ve had to call Wildwood a few times over the past few years, and the physician on call has always been great about getting back to us quickly and doing a thorough job answering our questions and concerns. Our only complaint is that we’ve been made to wait for appointments (in the waiting area and in the exam room) for 20+ minutes almost every time we’ve been there. Milena and I were actually left to wait an HOUR in the exam room once! (if she hadn’t had a horrible diaper rash that needed to be looked at, we obviously wouldn’t have waited that long.)
Kat (RM blogger)

Associated Physicians

My daughter Paige goes to see Dr. Elizabeth Neary at Associated Physicians and we LOVE her! She never makes us feel rushed and is always glad to answer my questions. She even wears bracelets for the kids to play with/look at while she’s examining them. I was able to get a same day appointment when I was worried that Paige might have an ear infection. Turns out she didn’t, but Dr. Neary said she was glad I brought her in to have her checked out anyways and that I was a good parent for doing so! I’ve talked to her on their 24 hour after hours help line too and didn’t feel like I was disrupting her. She was glad to answer my questions, even though it was 10:00 at night. I also appreciate her cutting edge information on childhood nutrition/food allergies, which was part of the reason we chose her as our doctor. We used to live on the west side, but have since moved to Sun Prairie and still make the 30 minute drive to have Dr. Neary as our pediatrician. We love Dr. Neary!
Alexis (Mom of Paige – 8 months old)

We LOVE our pediatrician Dr. Susan Nondahl at Associated Physicians. She is very knowledgeable, kind, and has been so great with our 2 kids when they have had health concerns. It is easy to get an appointment with her when they are sick and the other doctors in the practice have been great too.
Nicole

UW Health

Hi, I wanted to let you know about our wonderful doctor experience! We use Dr. Diane Wendland, MD, who is out of UW Health Monona. She is Family Practice, pro-breastfeeding, doesn’t go for unnecessary testing on anyone, and is absolutely wonderful. I have used her for 10 years myself (I’ve followed her from clinic to clinic, does that make me a groupie?), and my son has now been using her for 7 months. I cannot say enough good things about her. I was so happy having a doctor during my pregnancy who had been my doctor previously and knew my medical history. Because I wound up needing a last minute C-Section she was with us all day but didn’t deliver our baby after all. I was nervous about getting a new doctor then, but I wound up with Dr. Elizabeth Siitari, MD. She was also awesome. I adore both of them and if I ever have another baby, I would not dream of using someone besides one of them.
Lynette

We love Dr. Yu as a pediatrician [UW East Clinic]!!! What makes him special is that he has seen soooooo many kids and been around for soooo long that he is the most reliable and unbiased resource around. And he always seems to be enjoying his work. The one downfall is that he has, and has had, so many patients, it’s hard to be remembered by him (although he fakes it well, we think)….
Lindsay

Dahlia sees Dr. Sleeth at the UW Pediatrics 20 South Park office. We love Dr Sleeth. He’s very thorough, straightforward, and funny. He makes me feel like I’m an important partner in preserving my child’s health and not just some cog in a machine to be talked down to. I also like his nurses and assistants very much. They are very responsive over the phone – quick to return calls and figure out whether my silly little questions warrant an office visit. They were cooperative the one time I wanted to delay a couple shots for a month or so, which I appreciated. The one thing that always cracks me up is how perplexed they are by the mechanics of Dahlia’s cloth diapers. But they’re very supportive of extended breastfeeding and have commended me for keeping Dahlia rear-facing. I just feel like they are a very good match for our particular style of parenting: pragmatic, flexible, knowledgeable and caring.
Maggie (RM blogger)

Group Health Cooperative (GHC)

Dr. Mark Huth, at GHC Hatchery Hill, is outstanding. He is a family practitioner who does OB and I met him when pregnant with my son. He is down-to-earth, caring, a good listener, and he really made me feel like I was in control of my health care during my pregnancy, labor, and delivery (not to mention, he is a likable, interesting person who is fun to talk to). When I got to the hospital to deliver, I was at 5cm. Dr. Huth came in and told me that, instead of going back to clinic and then trying to race back in time, he was going to stay at the hospital the whole time. That was about 7am on a Monday. While we didn’t expect it to take that long, my son wasn’t born until 3 am Tuesday morning – Dr. Huth really was there the whole time. Our amazing doula, Patsy Brooks, told us that out of the births she had attended in Madison (ours was her 44th), Dr. Huth was the best doctor she had worked with. We agreed that he was wonderful. He was calm and supportive through everything. And I loved that he was then our son’s doctor and continued to give compassionate, personal care until our family made the decision to move. I miss him!
Maggie

Dentists

My partner and I own Riverplace Dental, which is a small family practice that enjoys seeing patients of all ages. These days many families feel that their children need to see a pediatric dentist, but at our office, we love kids – and it’s convenient for parents to schedule their appointments at the same time as their kiddos. I start to see children as young as one year old – the visit is much like a well-child check, often mainly about parent education and establishing a dental home for the child.
Laura Tills

If you are looking for compassion, quality, honesty and reliablity then, Dr. Laura Tills at Riverplace Dental will exceed all of your expections. Dr. Tills is a local family dentist who will see your entire family. As a Mother of two boys, she knows how to be compassionate and gentle with children. She will make you and your family very comfortable with each and every procedure that is done. Dr. Tills has a very pleasant and modern dental office, that is on the cutting edge of technology. She sets aside time everyday to see dental emergencies becauses knows how important it is to treat dental problems right away. My children love going to the dentist, because having a great experience everytime is what matters most to Dr. Tills.
Shellie

Liliana has a cross bite! This means she needed (in her mommy’s opinion, anyway) to see a dentist earlier in life than other kids would. We asked around and were referred to Eric teDuits D.D.S at Children’s Dental Center of Madison in Fitchburg. The lobby is amazing with murals and awesome built in TV and game systems to keep kids minds off of upcoming appointments and keep siblings busy. The staff really understood how to make my baby comfortable with having fingers and equipment in her mouth.
We have also had Liliana in for a regular dental check up, cleaning and flouride treatment with our family dentist at Madsen & Hirsch. The receptionists, hygenists and Dr. Madsen were so friendly and accommodating, and even though I was dreading a terrible two’s style tantrum they kept her comfortable and talked her through the process and even made it fun!
Tiffany (RM blogger)

Specialists

We have seen the pediatric allergist Dr. Healy at UW Allergy Clinic at 20 S Park. St. He is GREAT and great with kids. He really helped up figure out what was going on with both of our children’s allergy problems and went out of his way to help us find the right soap and lotion for my baby with really bad excema.
Nicole

Milena has seen both Dr. Don Bukstein and Dr. Christine Virnig with Dean Clinic. Milena was only 9 months old when she saw Dr. Bukstein. He was really great with her and did a great job making me feel comfortable and informed about her milk allergy. We saw Dr. Virnig for the first time last month, and loved her! She was friendly and welcoming and did a great job making Milena feel comfortable in the exam room (which had lots of children’s books, papers to color, and a chalkboard!). The nursing staff was also great – especially the two lab techs who drew Milena’s blood. They did such a great job, Milena didn’t even cry!
Kat (RM blogger)

Milena also sees Dr. Movaghar at Davis Duehr Dean. The waiting area is wonderful! There’s a fun mural on the wall, lots of toys and colors, an aquarium, and even a TV with animated movies. We’ve been to see Dr. Movaghar twice, and both times he and his staff were just great with us and Milena – it’s definitely not easy to do an eye exam on a little one!
Kat (RM blogger)