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  1. The “F” Word

    You’ve decided breastfeeding isn’t for you, or maybe you didn’t decide but the choice was made for you. Maybe you’ve been pumping and bottle feeding but you’re over it. Whatever the reasons or whatever the path, formula is now your baby’s food. Great! We all love healthy, happy, FED babies. You may have found that

  2. Ice, Ice, Baby

    In many hospitals in the United States, women in labor are not allowed to eat or drink, engaging in what might be the most difficult physical effort of their lives with only the sustenance provided by a small plastic cup of ice chips. What is the reason for this rule, and how necessary is it?

  3. 5 Things You Can Do to Make Your Hospital Birth Feel More Like Home

    A home birth isn’t for everyone — maybe you have medical complications, maybe you just prefer the reassurance of having hospital staff a few steps away, or maybe you have some other reason for preferring a hospital. But that doesn’t mean you can’t bring a touch of home into your hospital room! Here are a

  4. No Need to Be Embarrassed ​

    Perhaps one of the most annoying pregnancy or postpartum nuisances, hemorrhoids affect around 50% of all pregnant people and there’s no need to be embarassed about asking for help dealing with them. Hemorrhoids are swollen veins in your anus and lower rectum which are similar to varicose veins. Hemorrhoids have a number of causes and

  5. When Guilt Hits Like a Sledgehammer

    [With the caveat that dads are fully capable of a complete range of emotions and have many complicated feelings upon becoming parents, including guilt, we’re going to focus on mom guilt today.] After going through some method of adding a child to your life (none of them easy), you find yourself home rocking a screaming

  6. How to be the Hero of a Meal Train

    If you have a friend, family member or coworker expecting a new baby, going through a health crisis, or having their lives otherwise disrupted, they could probably use a bit of help getting food on the table. If someone hasn’t already set up a meal train for them, why not do it yourself? These days,

  7. 5 “Encouraging” Things People Say to Parents and What to Say Instead

    It’s hard to know how to be encouraging to new parents (or even not-so-new parents!) without being patronizing or unempathetic or just less than helpful. Here are some of the most common “encouraging” phrases that most new parents do not find helpful, plus a few suggestions for replacements! Cherish every moment.This is a popular one

  8. The “Double D”

    When your obstetrician or midwife hands you a due date during an early appointment, it feels like such an important number, as crucial as Election Day (we hope everyone who reads this voted this year!) or a major holiday or the day of your final exam. But very few — perhaps as low as 5%

  9. Chatting About Cesareans

    Julius Caesar was not the first c-section baby (nor did he invent the Caesar salad) — Pliny the Elder speculated that he was named for an ancestor born by that method. In Caesar’s time, c-sections were used to save babies’ lives when mothers died in childbirth. Luckily for all of us, the procedure has changed