Pregnancy and Newborn Magazine is both an online and print resource for pregnancy advice for new and expecting mothers. They offer great style tips, maternity and baby gear reviews, nursery design inspiration, nutritional and prenatal advice, parenting tips and more! Recently we had a chance to catch up with Executive Editor, Lauren Brockman as she shared with us what she loves most about working for Pregnancy and Newborn as well as a behind the scenes scoop and photos of what it’s like putting together this popular magazine for moms. If you are a new mommy, or have a baby on the way, I definitely encourage you to subscribe to P&N magazine or at least check them out online at pnmag.com and read our interview with Lauren below!
I loved reading magazines as a girl and felt so cool lounging at the pool during the summers between middle school reading the latest issue of Seventeen. Or Teen People. Or Real Simple. (I’ve long described myself as prematurely middle-aged.) To this day, there’s something about curling up on the couch (or boarding a flight) with a stack of new magazines that’s very satisfying. The time commitment is manageable and there’s never a shortage of visual inspiration.
What is your favorite part of your daily work … when you reflect on the day, what is most rewarding?
There are so many things I love about my job. I get to surf the web and scour look books to stay in-the-know about the latest goings on in the baby industry. I get to spend my days working alongside some really fabulous, hilarious and talented colleagues; there’s not a person on our team I wouldn’t want to hang out with outside of work. And I get to deliver pertinent information and lighthearted fun to moms and moms-to-be during a nerve-wracking, thrilling, game-changing chapter in their lives. Of course, it’s the feedback from readers about an article that spoke to them or a nursery that inspired them that makes showing up to the office each day worthwhile.
We showed up at a studio for a baby fashion shoot only to find it offered the perfect opportunity for a mug of the P&N editors.
*Photo credit: Wedig & Laxton
What is your most memorable feature story?
I recently worked on a feature with Editor in Chief Lacey Major called “A day in the life of baby” (Buyer’s Guide 2011), which depicts various scenarios from different points throughout the day (playtime, lunchtime, bathtime, etc.). My favorite shot to work on was the nursery: I loved pulling furniture, artwork and accessories and seeing it all come together on the day of the shoot. (Had I not gone into publishing, I would have gone into interior design.) We also had some of the cutest baby models that day. Avery was a total ham, Zak was a trouper (there was no water heater in the building so the bath was a little, well, chilly), and my nephew Henry even got to partake. It was a total blast.
What thing/place/event were you most recently inspired by?
I have a friend who just weeks ago had the most amazing water birth. Another gal pal of mine is studying to become a midwife. And I chatted recently with Ricki Lake about her soon-to-be released More Business of Being Born, a follow-up to her first documentary The Business of Being Born, which takes a closer look at women’s birth experiences in the U.S. (Read the interview in the November issue of P&N.) The miracle of birth is endlessly fascinating to me and I find myself talking about it constantly with anyone and everyone. Women are nothing short of amazing—both for their physical abilities and their mental strength—and their shared bond because of is truly remarkable. It’s endlessly inspiring.
Where is your favorite place you have traveled to?
Cinque Terre, Italy, a string of five tiny towns along the coast of the Italian Riveria. The combination of deep blue water and jagged mountainside is breathtaking, and the quaint villages and vineyards are charming. There’s a path connecting all fives towns that takes the better part of a day to hike (especially when wine and cheese picnics are factored in!), which is an absolute must-do, assuming you can tear yourself away from the beach.
Where in the world are you dying to go next?
I think a camping trip out West may be my next adventure but, assuming I’m not gobbled up by a bear at Yellowstone, I’d like to check South America off my must-see list.
What is your favorite Rosenberry Rooms product(s)?
There are so many top-notch items to choose from—here are some of my favorite picks:
Draper Stripe Rug in Persimmon and Cream: Stripes may seem trendy, but they’re really classic. This rug could easily live in a nursery, family room or, frankly, my bedroom.
Glitter Lighted Hanging Chandelier: The quickest way to add glitz and glamour.
Bright Eyed & Bushy Tailed Antiqued Sign I’d hang this in the nursery on a wall that’s easily viewed from the rocker—a sort of playful jibe at pooped-out parents.
Do you have any news that you would like to share, perhaps about upcoming events or projects?
Of course! P&N is constantly new, improved and full of surprises. In addition to our monthly issues, our annual Buyer’s Guide is on newsstands now through December, and it’s jam-packed with all the essentials for expectant moms and new babes. We’re also in the midst of adding some super useful new resources to pnmag.com, so stay tuned during the rest of the year as our site gets a facelift. Of course, the easiest way to remain up-to-date with all the happenings at P&N is to like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.
Now, just for fun:
Favorite Food: Deep-dish pizza. I went to college in Chicago, and I’m quite certain their pies were responsible for my entire freshman 15. Moving 600 miles away to Atlanta was probably the best thing I ever did for my waistline.
Favorite TV Show: Mad Men. I didn’t start watching it until it became available on Netflix (I live in the Stone Age and don’t have cable), but now I’m obsessed and want to dress just like Betty Draper.
Favorite Movie: Father of the Bride, Part II. I loved this movie long before I joined the team at P&N, but it’s coincidentally a must-see for the expectant crowd.
Favorite Weekend Activity: A Saturday morning jog to the farmers market followed by a feast of smoothies and omelets filled with fresh produce. (When I’m pushing my 98th percentile nephew in the jogger, I may also indulge in a baked good.)
Favorite Musician/Band: I’m a Midwest girl and grew up listening to country music. Sign me up for any concert to which I can wear cowboy boots.
Here are some more photos of Lauren and her family as well as some behind the scenes shots from a recent photo shoot for the magazine!
“This past Mother’s Day, we snapped a family photo (including my five siblings, respective significant others, two nieces and two nephews) in my parents’ backyard. I like this outtake better than the one when we’re all smiling—it captures the chaos of a big family a little more accurately.”
Lauren’s nieces and nephews – Charleigh (2), Henry (6 months), Grace (6) and William (3 weeks)
“Sometimes I just can’t stay off the set.”
“The finished product!” *Photo credit: Wedig & Laxton