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You are in the final moments; you’ve worked so hard, come so far. Your body urges you to push. You bear down, giving it your all; and, alas, you have delivered your precious baby. You soar with excitement and, in an instant, a profound relationship is born.
What happens next is the third stage of [...]

Through the years, mastitis, an infection of breast tissue that mostly occurs in breastfeeding mothers, has typically been treated by a course of antibiotics. However, more recently, probiotics have been shown to be a better alternative.
Doctors from the Universidad Complutense de Madrid, studied a group of 352 with symptoms of mastitis. One group of women [...]

You give birth to your bouncing bundle of joy after nearly a year of having another person inside you while you start to feel like (and somewhat resemble) a whale. Six short weeks later, your care provider cheerfully announces that (yay!), you can start having sex again. Your partner lights up like it’s Christmas, until [...]

Best advice my mom gave me

April 6th, 2010

I was asked to write a blurb for The Family Groove website segment, Mom on the Street. The topic was “What’s the best thing your mother ever told you?”, so I shared the best advice my mother gave me when I became a mother.
“When I became a mother, the best advice my mother gave [...]

October 15 is National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day. It is a national day of remembrance for miscarriage, stillbirth, and infant loss. Parents are encouraged to light a candle at 7pm this evening in honor of their child.
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A mother who suffers a loss during pregnancy or at birth will still go through all [...]

Beating the Blahs: Tip 4

January 20th, 2009

The series on Beating the Winter Blahs continues….
Laugh? But I’m depressed! Yeah, I know. So force it.
In the depths of a funk, I notice that I rarely smile, letalone laugh. My kids can be bouncing around me, laughing and playing and having a great time. I barely manage a grunt in response to an [...]

Mothering, Guilt, Forgiveness

November 14th, 2007

I was talking to a mother today about the friction that was created in her marriage after the birth of her son. This conversation was sparked by the fact that she and another mama were both experiencing late-onset postpartum depression. Or, they think they might be. They are also concerned about the fact that it [...]

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