My fourth child was planned, but somehow that fact did not prevent the pregnancy being a stressful time. We moved cities at the beginning of the pregnancy, back to our hometown, to be closer to our families and support, now that we knew we
Last week, my son had his 3 week growth spurt. In a few short hours, my happy baby turned nightmarish as he refused anything but the breast. I tend to overproduce milk, so once the growth spurt was over, nursing became an athletic endeavor
By Jenna Hatfield for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers I’ve known grief. I’ve fought it off, angry and afraid in the same breath. I’ve wallowed in it, allowing it to wrap me up in its dark cloak of solitude. I’ve ignored it, pretending
1. Women do not have to sacrifice personhood if they are mothers. They do not have to sacrifice motherhood in order to be persons. Liberation was meant to expand women’s opportunities, not to limit them. The self-esteem that has been found in new pursuits
It is no secret that a doula can help improve your birth, but they are so much more than just a way to reduce your chance of cesarean. Here are just 50 of the many amazing things that doulas do best. Not sure what all
We tell ourselves many stories about why self-care is impossible. Our children require so much; there’s simply no time to care for ourselves. We don’t have the energy for self-care after spending our days caring for others. Massages are expensive; we can’t afford it.
I bought a book in the store on a whim. I’m a big-time book enthusiast, so this surprised no one. And I bought it, mostly because I liked the heart cut-outs, especially since my toddler can draw hearts and points them out to me.
I was one of the last women in my group of friends to become a mother. I would see my friends with their newborn babies, perplexed at the amount of energy and consumption of focus a baby could take. I understood the obvious: the
Over the past several years, many of the women who I helped midwife emotionally across the threshold of the marriage transition have birthed themselves as new mothers. And just like our culture doesn’t tell the truth about the challenges of intimate relationships, it also
My daughter is a feisty, fervent 9-year-old. An astrologist friend calls her a true Scorpio. I mostly call her bluff. A few months ago Claire cut off her bangs. Bangs she had been trying to grow out. I thought we’d already dealt with the we-don’t-shear-off-hair