As the time approaches to bring your new baby home, you may be nervous about how your first baby—your fur-baby—will handle the new addition. You love them, afterall, and don’t want them to feel replaced or resent their new family member.
Apps often make our lives easier, consolidating a mess of lists into a single magical, clickable icon we can tap time and again to keep things organized. They have apps for everything these days! Grocery lists, calendars, period trackers—and yes, even apps to use during pregnancy and postpartum.
But with so many options, you may find it overwhelming trying to find the right apps for you and your family. Let us help!Read More
For many, bringing a newborn home completely shakes up their routine. Instead of feeding everyone in the house 3-6 meals before bedtime, you’ve now got a sweet little mouth asking for milk 8-12 times (roughly) per day, including throughout the night.
Here are a few things you can do to make the 2 A.M. feed—and the others, too!—a little less dread-worthy...Read More
Near the end of pregnancy it’s common for the cervix to enter the spotlight, as cervical exams are often offered at each appointment starting around week 36. Even friends and family become invested in what exciting things your cervix is up to, the question of dilation arising again and again in conversation!
But there’s more to predicting labor than dilation.Read More
I had no delusions of being a “perfect” parent, but I did have plans that didn’t pan out—and not because they were far-fetched, just because I didn’t have the type of support I needed.
I didn’t know then that I could hire someone who...Read More
Pregnancy is pretty cool—I mean, come on, you're building a whole other human being from scratch! But it can also be pretty exhausting—I mean, you ARE building a whole other human from scratch. And it can even be painful—you know, because you have to carry around that other human for a few months.
Here are a few simple tools to have on hand to help ease those aches and pains...Read More
Aside from just genuinely loving doula work, the truth is there are a lot of perks to being a doula: I get to make my own schedule (to some degree), I get to spend more time with my toddler and be there for a lot of his firsts, and (the best part!) I get to meet new and exciting people in some of the most marvelous moments in their lives, all while also supporting my own family.
The most unique perk that I've found, though, is...Read More
So you had a baby, and now you’re thinking this is it: this is the only child I want.
You heard me: you don’t have to have more children.Read More
WE HAVE GROWN APART, INCREASINGLY DISCONNECTED FROM THE WORLD OF BIRTH AND NEW-MOTHERHOOD, AND FROM ONE ANOTHER.
The event that used to draw people together and that is tangible evidence of what it means to connect is now often experienced in solitude. Sure, a mother may be bringing a whole new person home to spend her days with, but more and more mothers seem to express never feeling more alone than in that experience.Read More
I remember the first person outside of my mother and sister who I spoke to. It was my husband’s command Ombudsman and we had only just met. I just sobbed as she consoled me and she shared her loss story, tears were shed on both of our parts. She led me to realize that it was okay to speak about our loss and that our baby mattered, no matter how small. I will forever be indebted to this woman, because she gave me the confidence to give our baby a voice. Since our miscarriage in 2012, I have had several losses since, here is what I’ve learned from them:Read More
The leaves are finally changing all over the Capital Region and fall is in full-swing! From picking apples to picking pumpkins, fall bucket lists are being filled to the brim, much like warm cups of cider. But while you may be checking off all of the typical fall activities on your list, there's one unique autumn affair you may want to pencil in for November 19...Read More
Fear about giving birth, whether it's your first time or your fifteenth, is totally normal. The only way through it is through it, but you have to know what "it" is first. Are you afraid of being in pain? Do you fear the unknown? Are you scared of unwanted interventions?
What is it exactly that has you trembling? Put your finger on that fear, and then:Read More