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Kid-Friendly and Drive Through Coffee Shops

With chillier temps finally here, a cozy coffee shop can feel like a welcome snuggle away from the intensity of a Minnesota winter. But which local coffee shops are family friendly? Where can families find easy to access drive through coffee shops or fun play areas for the littles? Below, our postpartum doula team shares their list of coffee shop favorites from across the Twin Cities, Rochester, and Duluth. Read on, and don’t forget to share your favorites too!

Giving and Receiving Donor Breast Milk

While breastfeeding is encouraged as the optimal way to feed your newborn baby (or babies), it can feel like an overwhelming task. For families experiencing an earlier-than-anticipated birth, unexpected NICU stay, or temporary or long-term reduced milk supply, donor breast milk can fill a critical gap. The Twin Cities metro area, as well as greater Minnesota, is fortunate to have a number of donor breast milk options available to families. If you have an ample milk supply, these are opportunities for you to donate your extra milk, as well! Read on for a full list of options to give and receive.

Why We Love Midwifery Care

Are you pregnant (or hope to be pregnant soon) and are curious about midwifery care? Read on for a few reasons why we love midwives.

Our Fave Products for Your Best Postpartum Recovery

If you’ve spent any time on social media as an expectant parent you know how easy it is to get pulled in by the algorithms. The baby and postpartum industry garnered close to $25 billion in 2021! If you’d like some help sifting through the marketing gimmicks and landing on products that are really and truly helpful during the postpartum recovery time, here are our top favorite products.

Packing Your Diaper Bag for the State Fair

The Great Minnesota Get-Together is upon us here in Minnesota! Like you, we know how good it feels to celebrate some of the last warm days of the season. So what are the diaper bag essentials for a jaunt to the Fair with your baby? We asked our doulas, and here is our running list of state fair (or any warm weather) favorites.

Five Strategies for a Successful Lying-In

It is probably the challenge that is most common among our Better Beginnings families: How can parents truly rest well in the postpartum time? One historical term–the postpartum “lying-in”–gives us a sense of what the postpartum recovery period should look like. While society might approve of running errands at Target or responding to work emails after birth, our real focus should be on authentic rest so that we can care for ourselves well and care for our babies well. If you are wondering how you can truly rest, recover, and enjoy your baby (or babies) in your postpartum time, here are our top five strategies for a successful lying-in.

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