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Former Cowboys Cheerleader Roots for Kids, Breastfeeding Now

Sometimes, people who appear to be larger than life turn out to be the most “real” of all. Take Stephanie Scholz Neurohr of Dallas. This former Dallas Cowboys cheerleader, parenting DVD and documentary producer and mother of seven (yes, seven!) is as genuine as it gets. Her documentary on her youngest daughter’s birth and early life with birth defects was shown on Discovery Health Channel, and her parenting DVDs have been hailed by renowned pediatrician and parenting expert Dr. William Sears as “comprehensive and empowering … a must-see!”

Neurohr’s uplifting approach to informing women about their childbirth and breastfeeding options is infectious, and it’s easy to see why anything she touches turns to gold. When our initial inquiries to her Web site quickly turned into friendly chatter about the local parenting scene, we knew we had to bring you this firecracker’s inspired perspective on growing a family in Dallas.

Tell us a little bit about your daily schedule. How do you keep all these projects — and seven children! — humming along?
I’m one of the moms who always attends every child’s school play, event or function. This also explains why my Mother of 7 work hours are done in between carpools and late at night after all the children are asleep. My "start-stop" work ethic forces me to fly fast, on a high level.
I’m a mommy who loves to carpool! This enables me to keep my finger on the pulse of every child’s needs. I want to see each one walk into school, happy and healthy. My husband smiles when he tells everyone I live to see little faces light up after school waiting for me to arrive in my big, blue van. It’s true.

After dropping the children off in the morning, I work diligently until my first carpool begins at 2pm. There is a well-balanced food buffet in the kitchen upon their arrival. As much as my husband and I would love to have an exact time for sit down meals during the week, it’s just not possible with so many lives going in so many directions. My main focus is to have healthy food ready to go so little hands can grab a bite to eat before studies or sports or whenever they’re hungry.

How are your children involved in your work?
All seven children are involved in my work. The oldest three — Tiffany, Noelle and Capri — help me type, invoice, sew, package DVDs … whatever is necessary. They’re also becoming very proficient with video editing.

Last night, Hunt and Capri carried 18 heavy boxes to my car so I could mail 5,000 baby-friendly bags with DVDs and Mommy ‘n Me breastfeeding wraps to Chicago’s Northwestern Memorial Hospital. My husband had to work late, so after I left for FedEx, Capri and Hunt babysat the younger children and put them to bed. In a large family, no one needs to be told to help out. They just do whatever is necessary. It’s wonderful, selfless teamwork that is very gratifying to see as a parent.

Brett and Brock ask a lot of questions about what I’m doing. I love that they are already educated about the importance of breastfeeding and commitment of being a passionate parent.

We understand that your husband is a strong breastfeeding advocate.
My husband had learned very little about breastfeeding in medical school and residency, but he was fully supportive and offered words of continual encouragement. After each baby (was) born … my husband was amazed to witness the tranquil bonding effects of breastfeeding for mother and child. My husband knew early on in his plastic surgery training that he wanted to focus on the face. Shortly after we had our second child, Hunt decided he didn’t want to place foreign objects in women’s breasts, so he no longer does breast augmentations (or reductions).

What do you enjoy doing as a family?

I adore having all the children invite their friends over to play, even though it may seem that seven is enough! One friend jokingly refers to my meals as "the Neurohr buffet." Everyone is always welcome to visit and eat. I never count heads. The more the merrier.

When you think about things you want to do in the future, what gets you fired up?

Without proper education, expectant and delivering mothers might typically fall into a hospital’s or doctor’s normal protocol, not realizing they have "a voice in their choice," assuming there are no medical contraindications. Birth and breastfeeding should be all about what you want, not want someone else wants. Again, get educated.