As part of the Postpartum Narrative Series, Emily shares her journey of infertility and her story of loss with a vanishing twin. Emily shares what the journey of infertility was like for her, how people helped in a hard time and what she wishes others knew about infertility and pregnancy loss.Read More
“Mom” is an incredible title. It brings us new experiences, new love, new ways to see the world and life. It brings out parts of ourselves we didn’t know existed. It connects us to a bigger picture.
Mom is a title we don’t take lightly because it is a privilege.
But as women, there is more than mom.
I had my baby eight weeks ago and I have Postpartum Anxiety (PPA). Here are eight things that I would like you to know about PMDs and being a new mother….
Although a new mom may be eager and happy to be a mother, there is nothing to prepare her for all that she will lose. We have no cultural narratives, stories, or rituals to prepare her for this journey. We are a society that largely ignores the pain and challenges of motherhood, and instead, share images of smiling babies who are easy to nurse and rock to sleep in an oh-so-cute nursery.
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Everyone has a heavy heart for a NICU baby, rightfully so, but NICU mommas need extra love too.Read More
Where For many women, postpartum isn’t a thought until she’s in the depths of it- wondering what the hell she is doing wrong and why she feels so isolated. For many, postpartum is still an ambiguous term that may refer to the length of maternity leave or how long it takes the body to “bounce back.” In an age of independence and the loss of “village” living, women are missing the spaces to see pregnancy, birth and postpartum in real life.Read More
Positive body image can be hard for women, especially in postpartum. This shirt and message is a reminder that we are more than a number on the scale. Postpartum bodies are beautiful at all sizes. Your worth is not measured in pounds. Saying shirt for encouraging women.Read More
Postpartum resources every mom should know about. Resources for postpartum body, postpartum mental health, mindfulness for new moms and more.
It can be a struggle to find helpful postpartum resources. The American society seems to be obsessed with how quickly things can “return to normal” and make it look like transitions and changes are minimal with the addition of a new baby and a family dynamic shift. With quick google searches you can find all the info about baby, but all too often it feels like mom is overlooked.Read More
Postpartum means the period of time after giving birth… but then what? Women deserve to have a better view and more stories about postpartum. Women have been made to believe there are things they should accomplish right after giving birth. The loss of a village puts even more pressure on women to do these things alone. We need to shift the narrative to include more stories and less mom comparison.Read More
Postpartum Depression and Anxiety are common, but they aren’t commonly talked about. Nearly 1 in 5 women struggle with postpartum mental health. The 5 brave women open up about their experiences so that you don’t have to feel alone in yours. There are signs and there is help.Read More
Need some ways to help your partner understand YOU in your postpartum?
When we talk about postpartum, people often assume it can be boiled down to postpartum sex, postpartum depression and your postpartum body. Yes, these are factors, but there are MANY MORE. Helping our partners to understand the wide array of transitions we are experiencing, AND normalizing the reality that postpartum is more than just 6-12 weeks, we can have less misunderstandings and resentment and more of a team approach to this new way of family.
In this time there are a number of factors contributing to our emotional response- each valid and each with a place in our transition. Again, these are not something to be ashamed of. They are wired in us for a reason and they can shine a light on areas we need to give attention. Tuning into these emotions, through different stages of postpartum, can help us to be mindful and intentional in our postpartum time and give us the prompts we need to take proactive steps in our own healing.Read More
We are setting new moms up to feel like they’ve failed by saying these 5 good-intentioned but bad to say things. Every journey is different and we must honor and celebrate that and make our conversations show it.Read More
What are the 5 Pillars of Postpartum? This is the term I created to describe the 5 areas women need support in during the postpartum phase. Through research, coaching and two personal postpartum experiences, this term covers a foundation (pillars) women need in order to move into and through postpartum.Read More
When new moms ask me how to successfully breast pump for an extended time, my top answer is mobility. Being tied to the wall and having time “sucked” out of me quickly started to make me feel discouraged and resentful. Pumping felt like a full-time job and I struggled thinking about what I was missing out on by being tied to the pump. The shift to mobile pumping not only was a physical shift but a mental and emotional one too.Read More
Someone somewhere decided to put a time frame on postpartum and it seemed to stick. Maybe we need a new name for the six week-twoish years after a baby, but maybe we could just stop putting the pressure on ourselves and others and ground in the truth that this is STILL postpartum and we are allowed to STILL be changing, unsure, growing and figuring out a new “normal.”Read More
Parenting young children is much different from parenting older, this was starkly obvious to me in these moments of internal and external tension. My children, they needed me more. They needed my guidance to explore their independence. They needed my attentiveness to keep them safe, fed, and without a tummy ache from too much chocolate. They needed my conversations to be brief and often interrupted. They needed my body to be more mobile and in sync with their own. They needed me and my energy constantly. They needed my patience to be higher than what is humanly available without some serious intention.
At home waterbirth. Our first birth experience was a planned homebirth with our midwives. This si the story of how the day (and night) progressed and we welcomed our first son into the world.Read More
Breastpumping. Exclusively pumping. Tips to make it effective and manageable whether you are exclusively pumping, pumping along with breastfeeding to build a stash, or thinking about the need to pump in the future, this guide will help you learn more about pumping and give you tips to help you along the way.Read More
You won’t remember this day. The day of your open heart surgery to repair your congenital heart defect (Tetralogy of Fallot.) You won’t remember the details of being wheeled off, eased into anesthesia, opened, repaired and stitched back up. You won’t remember the details or the feelings but you will carry with you the strength you’re gathering in this season. You’ll carry with you your ability to see a challenge and rise above it. You’ll carry with you the focus on the most important things in life- because you know from an early age that it’s not something to take lightly.Read More