In honor of NICU Awareness Month this September, Kelly Bailey is back with a powerful narrative of her time in the NICU after the birth of her twins. Growth isn’t ever linear and the NICU is that lesson personified.
Read why Adrienne is passionate about the mission of March for Moms and how you can go beyond flowers and brunch this Mother’s Day weekend to stand up for ALL the mamas.
(Image by the Black Mamas Matter Alliance and bag available for purchase on the BMMA website)
Jenn is a Mama to three boys and they keep her hopping, when her full-time job and owning her own business calms down. She is a champion of women, makes us laugh so hard we cry and is a damn talented writer. Read on for the snowball effect that her self-care brought to life.
We asked and you answered, MotherNation. Check out this blog post that compiles your 13 suggestions for introducing this wild child to her baby brother. And hopefully prevent her from actually crushing him ;)
Cait chronicles how her pregnancy and NICU struggles created swirling chaos in and around her. Therapy, reclaiming her parenting values and saying goodbye to dreams made her the Mother she is proud to be today.
One Mama’s story of cancer, a 5 year struggle to be diagnosed with PCOS and infertility treatments. Her resilience and advocacy skills throughout the last decade of her life are remarkable and inspiring. This piece reminds us all that we know our bodies best and deserve to be an active part of our health.
Self-care is a priority, not a luxury. Twenty-five inspiring L.A. mamas share what they do to deeply care for and nourish themselves.
All of these novels, short story collections and nonfiction books were released in the last 12 months, and each examines the many facets of motherhood including postpartum depression, adoption and foster care, loss and grief, and the physical act of giving birth.
We couldn’t agree more with Jessica Grose…let’s scrap the term “natural birth”…mmmmkay?!?
And we are psyched for this new resource available from the New York Times - NYT Parenting. We could all use a bit more evidenced-based information related to pregnancy and parenting.
Or…as we would say…the absolute necessity of a Mama Match! And we love the emphasis of connecting with another mama during pregnancy. That is what we found in each other and what we wish for each of you. Women sharing vulnerability, embracing their diversity, investing in themselves and lifting each other up (which sometimes requires indulging in some fast food together). So much power…and potential.
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“The process of becoming a mother, which anthropologists call “matrescence,” has been largely unexplored in the medical community. Instead of focusing on the woman’s identity transition, more research is focused on how the baby turns out. But a woman’s story, in addition to how her psychology impacts her parenting, is important to examine, too.”
Kate Rope is a journalist who recently published Strong as a Mother- a wake up call and practical guide for women in the beginning stages of motherhood. Our favorite messages: 1) you and your well-being matter, 2) feel all your feels, 3) find your “person” and 4) ask for and accept help when needed.
Enjoy this little excerpt. Then, take her advice, and think about how you can re-define your expectations.
We deserve facts to be able to make empowered decisions about our bodies and our babies. Unfortunately, unsolicited advice, information overwhelm and conflicting and arbitrary “rules” abound during pregnancy. Emily Oster, an economist, helps us wade through the noise with this article and her book, Expecting Better: Why the Conventional Pregnancy Wisdom Is Wrong--and What You Really Need to Know, which we highly recommend!
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