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Birth + Postpartum Preparation: Some Less Common Suggestions to “Ready” Yourself
2021-01-11
Birth + Postpartum Preparation: Some Less Common Suggestions to “Ready” Yourself
Written & Provided by: Lo Mansfield, @thelabormama As most of us approach new mamahood, it isn’t uncommon that birth (and the way we hope it looks) takes precedence. There're so many dreams for us there: skin to skin, vaginal delivery, midwifery, doulas, music, water birth, cesarean birth, epidurals, interventions, the smell of a vernix covered newborn finally on the outside. The list is long, large, and all-consuming - and then we blink, the birth has happened, and we are suddenly in a postpartum season (in a pandemic no less) that, it turns out, is the rest of our lives. So how can we prepare? How can we really do some “good things” to be ready - for both the brevity...

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What to Do When You’re Overwhelmed as a New Mom
2020-12-06
What to Do When You’re Overwhelmed as a New Mom
Written by Irish Riley / photo credit: Pexels Motherhood, as wonderful as it is, is a huge adjustment for most. It’s normal to be overcome with emotions that are both positive and negative. When you’re feeling stressed out or overwhelmed, these simple steps can help you unwind. Acknowledge your emotions First, take a deep breath and sit with your thoughts and emotions. A survey from Orlando Health found that 40% of new moms feel overwhelmed so accept that it’s a common emotion. It’s perfectly normal to feel stressed! There’s a learning curve to parenting and not everyone picks it up right away. Take your time and be comfortable with the fact that you will even make mistakes from time to time. Doing so...

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Delivering a baby in 2020 - 2021
2020-12-02
Delivering a baby in 2020 - 2021
Written & Contributed by: MamaNatal Your top questions answered If you’re reading this you’re seeking out information to help you and your baby.  You’re acting on a natural instinct to protect and care for your child. So before you read further, it’s important you hear this:  "You’re already doing so well as a mother. Good job mama!" With so much information coming out about coronavirus, it can be unsettling to decipher what it all means to you and your baby. So we’ve compiled a list of the most common questions we’ve gotten from pregnant women about giving birth. This list of answers will be updated often and regularly. We’re here to support you. As you’re reading through these, there are some reassurances we...

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Navigating the Holidays with a Newborn
2020-11-26
Navigating the Holidays with a Newborn
Written & contributed by: Clara Carlson  The holidays can be a challenging time for new parents. The long nights you spent partying are gone now that you have a newborn. Instead, you’ll likely spend the holidays visiting different relatives and friends who are eager to see you and your baby. To ensure that you have a wonderful time during the holidays, you should know how to navigate this busy part of the year with a newborn. Keep It Simple Are people coming over to your house over the holidays? If so, this is the one year when you shouldn’t overburden yourself with creating the perfect celebration. Cut yourself some slack and instead keep it simple. Since both you and your...

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Postpartum Care: Tips for the Recovery Process
2020-11-13
Postpartum Care: Tips for the Recovery Process
Written By: Rachel Burns Description: Nine months down the line, and your delivery day's arrived. You're blessed to have a beautiful baby, and after a few days, you're back home. So how do you start your postpartum care? What are the dos and don'ts? Keep reading to find out more. Myths  Many individuals firmly believe that once the baby is here, it's all about the baby, what it will eat, what to wear, where to sleep and how to take care of it. Mothers are assumed to be just okay and should get on with breastfeeding and life in general as if nothing happened to them. As you teach yourself how to carry the baby, dress them and bathe them,...

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