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Miscarriage: How Reframing Your Thoughts Can be Key to Healing

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There are very few situations in life as heartbreaking as miscarriage. Likely, you and your partner were overjoyed with the news of a new baby and immediately started planning the details of your expanding family. You most likely shared the news with close friends and family and the announcement was met with congratulatory messages and excitement.

 

The news of a miscarriage might feel unbearable, especially for mom, as there can be a sense ...

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4 Strategies to Handle Unwanted Advice as a New Mother

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New motherhood is a time of radical change. From a changing body to a changing list of responsibilities to a changing sleep schedule, successfully navigating this time is about being flexible and accepting change. It’s natural to overcome the challenges that accompany this change by reaching out to peers, parents, friends and even neighbors for advice and insight. In fact, your situation is normalized when you can talk openly about the uncertainty that is characteristic of new motherhood. However, what happens when you are faced with a great deal of unwanted advice? As these conversations unfold, it’s not uncommon to be inundated by too much advice, or advice from ...

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Should I Hire A Postpartum Doula?

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Postpartum can be a time of mixed emotions. While there is most likely joy surrounding your newborn baby, those positive feelings can sometimes be accompanied by feelings of overwhelm, exhaustion, and even sadness. Oftentimes, it might feel difficult to talk about some of these feelings in a society that generally views the birth of a new baby as a positive, joyous experience. While family and your partner can be great support during this time, here are some telltale signs that hiring a postpartum doula would be beneficial:

You feel depleted

It’s no doubt that the postpartum period can be very physically taxing for a woman, and even a ...

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Deciding to Stay Home With Baby: 3 Things to Consider

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One of the most challenging decisions as a new parent is whether or not to go back to work and leave your new bundle of joy in the care of someone else. Deciding to stay home with baby is one of the first, significant parenting decisions you’ll face, and there are several factors to consider -- some of which you might not immediately think about. In this post, we’ll look at three factors to consider when making the decision to stay home with baby postpartum: Finances, fulfillment, and the overall impact on your family.

Finances

If you are fortunate enough to be questioning whether you should stay home ...

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5 Conversations to Have When Preparing for Parenthood

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You and your partner are expecting! Congratulations. This time is normally full of excitement, anticipation, celebration, and bliss. When you think about preparing for your baby, you might normally register for a list of items you need, consider a bigger house, modify your social calendar, and change your eating/exercise regime. What is often overlooked is answering the tough questions and having the difficult conversations that would be beneficial to you and your partner as you fully prepare for this life transition. 

In this post, we examine five essential discussions that are important to have with your partner to work toward parenthood success.

Discuss parenting styles and values

Parenting isn’t ...

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10 Signs of Postpartum Depression

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Postpartum depression and anxiety and “baby blues” affects more new mothers than you probably think. According to the the American Pregnancy Association, upwards of 75% of new mothers have negative feelings and experiences during the postpartum phase. They are the result of significant hormonal shifts following childbirth and are quite normal, even though they may not feel that way. These “baby blues” usually subside within a couple weeks or so, and if they do not, they may manifest into symptoms of postpartum depression.

Postpartum depression is a mental health condition that affects women after giving birth. This form of depression lingers in about 15% of new mothers, ...

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Emerging Womanhood: Finding Yourself After Kids

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You’ve spent the better part of the last two to ten years putting your children’s needs far above your own. You’ve spent countless months on a nursing and/or pumping schedule, long nights rocking little ones, and endless days cleaning up after them. Your children have consumed nearly all of your time and energy, and you have possibly even thrived within those dynamics.

Now, your little ones are off to school and you're off to...well, you’re not sure. With some quiet time to yourself and less daily chaos in your home, you’re left wondering what to do next. Maybe you’re even wondering what you enjoy anymore, and possibly even ...

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