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Oct. 15 is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Day. Tonight at 7 p.m. all around the world, people will be taking part in what we call the ‘wave of light’; where we light a candle and let it burn...
I’ve never planned a pregnancy. I will very soon have three kids. Not a one was planned, and yet being a mom is all I ever wanted to be. I love babies and kids. I heard my biological clock ticking...
"Is sobbing at a Subby's normal?" I asked my doctor at my postpartum follow-up, as I filled out a questionnaire on postpartum depression. I recalled how my first date night out to the movies was an unexpected rollercoaster. A feeling...

My Tubal Reversal Story

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"Are you sure?" If the doctor and nurses asked me once, they asked me 20 times. "Yes," I replied each and every time. I had never been so confident about a decision in my life. I knew I never wanted...
You're having a baby! Yay! It's such a happy time in your life, one that's filled with joy, anticipation, nausea, nerves, anxiety and flat-out fear. Wait a minute. Anxiety and fear? Women have been having babies - natural birth,...
The official use of midwives may have started over 500 years ago, but in recent years they have become quite the popular option for expecting mothers in the United States (Midwifery has been the standard of care for years in...
Things to Keep in Mind When Choosing an OB/GYN who is Right for You Birth plan. Do you want to try for a VBAC, a water birth, or other natural birthing options? It is important to choose a provider who...
As I write this, I am almost 16 weeks pregnant with my second baby after two years of trying. I was so excited for all the things that have changed or would be different since my first little guy...

The Final Baby

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As I prepare to have our fourth and final baby there are so many feelings. A feeling of sadness, as I know this will be the final time that I anxiously anticipate the moment I will meet a brand...
Dear Friends of the Internet, As I write this post, I am 6 months pregnant with our second child. My lower back feels like it's 83 instead of 33, I wake up several times a night because my bladder might...

Oh Boy… or Girl?

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Undoubtedly, one of the most frequently asked questions pregnant women receive is, “Do you know what you’re having?” With our first pregnancy, the answer was no. We decided to wait and be surprised by the gender. This is a little...
I was never the type of woman to have a detailed birth plan. Nothing was typed up with details and charts. I didn't make a playlist of songs. I didn't pack essential oils or a massager. My goal was...

The Name Game

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As Sophia Petrillo would say: Picture it, Summer 1987. A young girl is rocking a side ponytail, two pairs of fluorescent colored socks and acid wash denim shorts. She is playing hopscotch with her best friend on the sidewalk of...
What images come to mind when you hear the word "geriatric?" I envision walkers, old folks' homes, dementia, dentures, cream of wheat... just to name a few. But do you know what DOES NOT come to mind? A healthy...

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December Dayton Dozen :: Guide to Family-Friendly Events {2021}

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The year is almost over, but the family fun is just getting started! Here are our top twelve picks of things to do this...