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A Different Type of Scar: Childbirth Trauma

As I moved closer to giving birth for the first time, I felt prepared. I had read the books. I had watched the documentaries and personal videos and stories of other women who had birthed before me. I had a care provider I trusted, and my family and friends knew my birth plan. I was […]

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Bad Days Don’t Make Bad Mamas

Last week was a rough week. It was that type of week that leaves you feeling perilously incapable and questioning your competency as a mother. Both of my kids were unhappy, almost all of the time. I felt like I was being yelled at from the time I woke up until I went to bed. […]

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Healing from Postpartum Depression: 3 Starter Steps

After a long, unmedicated, 29 hour labor, I waddled through my front door and went straight into my new baby’s nursery. I sat down on the cream glider next to his crib, and my mother-in-law sat with me as I held his tiny body, curled up against my chest, as I rocked. I was exhausted, […]

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I’m Not a “Crunchy” Mom Anymore

When I had my first son, I was such a warrior of truth. I researched–to the bone–all things related to childbirth, pregnancy, and baby. I had my cloth diapers ready. I was committed to a 100% natural delivery and breastfeeding. I  only allowed my baby to have organic food. I only used handmade and clean […]

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The Ode to the Angry Mom

You woke up from a night of haphazard sleep. There was no hesitation in your toddler’s voice as he demanded breakfast, and then threw a fit as you made eggs instead of a PB&J. Your baby clawed at your legs and cried as you quickly put breakfast on the table. It was too hot. The […]

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