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To the New Mother Expecting Her First Child

Before you have your first baby, motherhood can be a mystery. Those who have never parented a baby before may not truly understand what to expect, yet it can be comforting to hear what experienced parents have to say. We asked some mothers we know to share some of their tips and thoughts on motherhood for our readers, especially those readers who may be expecting their first child. Some of these women just had their first baby a few months ago, and some of them had their first child over a generation ago. Enjoy these kernels of wisdom from moms who have been there!

No-Bake Lactation Bites

When you’re recovering from childbirth and breastfeeding a newborn, you don’t often have time to prepare a full meal for yourself. The “fourth trimester” is a time for healthy snacks that you can prepare ahead of time and eat with one hand. These no-bake lactation bites are power-packed with healthy fats, good protein, and lactogenic ingredients to aid your milk production. Make them during your last few weeks of pregnancy and store them in your freezer, so you have a stash ready to go when baby arrives. We suggest a double batch, and be sure everyone else in the home knows they are for you only. Otherwise, they will all get eaten up by partners or older kiddos because they are so tasty!

Double The Joy: A Twin Birth Story

What is it like to give birth to twins? For most parents of multiples, it encompasses a whole spectrum of emotions. “Terrifying” and “exciting” are words that come to mind, but really, when it comes down to it, it brings joy in its purest sense…and that joy gets doubled.

The Covid-19 Vaccine in Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

If you are currently pregnant or breastfeeding, then you probably are wondering whether or not you should get the COVID-19 vaccine. With diverse viewpoints and conflicting opinions, it can be so challenging to navigate this decision. Here, we outline the context and summarize the recommendations of leading maternal, fetal, pediatric and lactation organizations.

When Breastfeeding Feels Broken

As postpartum doulas, we aim to support our clients and their families in whatever capacity is most helpful. Oftentimes breastfeeding is of utmost importance to these families, so naturally we spend a lot of our time working alongside parents to help them achieve their goals. While we do see a lot of success, this success usually happens in contexts that are not ideal, and with a lot of troubleshooting along the way. We find many mothers working through difficult and traumatic birth experiences, feeling overwhelmed by so many (often conflicting) opinions, or experiencing pain, all while trying to maintain an around the clock demand to feed the baby.

3 Great Reads for Before, During + After Pregnancy

Regardless of where you are in your journey of becoming a parent, one thing is certain. The amount of information available on pregnancy, birth, postpartum and infants is abundant. So abundant that at times, it can be overwhelming to choose a source. Here are three great books that can be read before, during and after your pregnancy to help you gain valuable information that’s both credible and current.

Our Top 5 Apps for the Postpartum Time

As postpartum doulas, we love to make things easier for new parents. Sometimes what helps is a tool, sometimes a resource, sometimes a trick learned from lots of experience, but it’s almost always a combination of all the things we gather along the way. Most of us live our day-to-day in close proximity to a phone, and the postpartum time is no different. We’ve found that having some good apps at hand can be very helpful for new parents. From our own wealth of experience and education in parenting, and from all the awesome feedback of the clients we serve, here are our top five favorite apps for the postpartum time. Enjoy! And feel free to comment below if you’ve got more to add to the mix.

Planting Seeds

We trust, as the little seeds do, that we will bloom where we are planted.  Those early days postpartum are a time of great transition.  Give yourself grace, as you learn about your baby and your baby learns about you.

Postpartum in a Pandemic

The time after a baby is born is often a bit isolating; parents are home most of the time, with their new little person who spins routines on their head and blurs days and nights.  The postpartum time may mean much less interaction with other adults.  Being postpartum during a pandemic, however, is a whole other story.  In the current situation of COVID-19 racing through communities and spreading around the globe, fear, social distancing, and messaging urging people to stay home as much as possible means new parents are getting even fewer visitors and help than they usually do.  While fewer visitors can enable parents to rest and recover with their newborn, having less help usually is not a good thing.  In light of this, here are some ideas for making the most of your postpartum time during a pandemic, and if you know someone who just had a baby or is having one soon, consider these as suggestions for offering your assistance from (at least 6 feet) afar.

5 Ways to Romance After Baby

It’s no surprise that being romantic with your partner can be a bit more challenging after the arrival of a newborn. Finding time is hard, you’re exhausted to the point of choosing sleep over pretty much anything else, and you may not be quite ready to leave the wee one with a sitter while you head out for a date night. But wait! Don’t give up on romancing your significant other during this sleep-deprived time! It’s important to stay connected as a couple after baby comes. Here are five ways to romance each other a bit, with or without baby present.

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