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6 Things I Wish I'd Known About The First 6 Months Of Having A Baby

Emily Hatch | Posted 09.15.2014 | Parents
Emily Hatch

The first six months of being a parent can seem endless at times, but ultimately, they're gone in a flash, and you can't ever get that time back. Capture every moment.

From Dark to Light: Postpartum in Process

Eve Kagan | Posted 08.18.2014 | Parents
Eve Kagan

You may pretend you are fine, functioning, because you are still able to sauté the garlic a perfect golden brown and vacuum the dog hair off of the Chinese rug and put on mascara and cut the baby's tiny fingernails without drawing blood. And yet, you are totally detached.

The Secret Every New Mom Should Remember

Kim Simon | Posted 08.05.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

You will never stop worrying, or doubting yourself, but you will have more proof that you are doing it right. Each day that passes is another day that you get to take credit for.

When the Bough Breaks

MotherWoman | Posted 07.23.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

My labor and delivery were less than ideal, but they were behind me. What I didn't know was that the nightmare was just beginning.

The Brain on Baby: A Look at Customs Worldwide to Address Postpartum Sleep Deprivation

Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine | Posted 09.17.2014 | Healthy Living
Stanford Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine

Hammocks, spa treatments, hired help, warm foods, arctic cradles, and cardboard... there does not appear to be a universal answer to coping with sleep deprivation as a new mom, so most of the world seems to have adapted their own.

The Best Reason to Love Our Bodies

Dina L. Relles | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Dina L. Relles

Our bodies don't stay the same; of course they don't. They evolve, they show signs of a life lived, a life loved. As they should. They bear witness to where we've been, that we've been. They are like maps that tell the tale of our time, our travels.

Piecing Myself Back Together

MotherWoman | Posted 08.24.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Kelly Coffey Motherhood: I don't know what my expectations were. The media paints a cute picture, but my life has certainly never been cute, so wh...

Treatment Works: Choosing a Therapist During Pregnancy or Postpartum

MotherWoman | Posted 08.13.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Mara Acel-Green, LICSW It takes a village to raise a family--and well-trained therapists are important members of that village. When I speak with ...

The Questions We Should Ask New Moms

Dr. Juli Fraga | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents
Dr. Juli Fraga

For me, caring for a new baby varied from one hour to the next. I was learning to take it day by day. I loved my daughter, but found sleep deprivation, feeding and learning how to intuit and read my baby's cries overwhelming at times.

My Secret Weapon Against Postpartum Depression

Kim Simon | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

You were by my side as I fell madly, deeply, head over heels in love with the beautiful little boy who completed our family. You supported me as my first sweet son curled up behind me in the rocking chair. You told me that we would all start healing together.

What Postpartum Moms Really Need

Sarah Bregel | Posted 07.19.2014 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

Everyone talked about the baby bliss, the love I'd feel, the joy, the natural instincts. And while I certainly felt those things, I also felt depleted, overwhelmed, exhausted and utterly alone.

Listening Will Change Worlds: How to Birth Healthier Families

MotherWoman | Posted 06.01.2014 | Parents
MotherWoman

By Mara Acel-Green, LICSW Listening will change worlds. Is this just the promise of an idealistic social worker? In some ways I fit that stereotype...

Battling Post-Partum Depression

Regan Long | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Regan Long

When we begin this journey of becoming pregnant, right then and there, we are turning our bodies over. Right then and there we are living, breathing and eating for someone else

10 Things That Took A While To Come Back After The Baby Was Born

Stephanie Sprenger | Posted 05.28.2014 | Parents
Stephanie Sprenger

If there are any moms reading this who are still in that post-baby stage of figuring things out, I hope that you will feel comforted that you are not the only one struggling to navigate this overwhelming time of life.

Why Don't I Love My Child?

Dr. Gail Gross | Posted 05.11.2014 | Parents
Dr. Gail Gross

By becoming conscious of your own parenting style, you can deliberately learn how to take back your source of injury and heal it

Afraid Of My Own Crazy

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 05.03.2014 | Parents
Jenny G. Perry

All my self-improvement stuff has made me become a really genuinely happy person. I'm no longer afraid of my crazy.

Perfectionism Is a Mean Bitch

Jenny G. Perry | Posted 04.15.2014 | Women
Jenny G. Perry

. I realize Perfection has many shades of it. I always say I don't try to be perfect, until I am in some area, be it parenting, business, fitness, or whatever I feel I'm sucking at in that moment. It's sneaky. Dig deeper to find out that FEAR is the mastermind.

How My Postpartum Depression Turned Into A Love Story

Bridget Reddan | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Bridget Reddan

For six months, I had trouble sleeping, racing thoughts, extreme anxiety, dread and suicidal thoughts. My husband would come home to find various configurations of alarm. I did not feel a bond with my daughter.

What Lady Mary Can Teach Us About Mental Health and New Moms

Nitzia Logothetis | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Nitzia Logothetis

Whether this complex fictional woman we have come to love is suffering from postpartum depression, as some speculate, or simply grief, I felt tremendous empathy for her and her infant son George.

4 Types Of Women When It Comes To Post-Birth Sex

Tracy Moore | Posted 03.19.2014 | Parents
Tracy Moore

Assuming your equipment is in mint condish, whether you actually want to get to cuddling after the mind-numbing work of caring for a newborn is and should be the biggest determining factor in how to proceed down the tenuous path of doin' the dirty post-baby.

How to Cope When You Don't Fit into Pre-Pregnancy Jeans

Maia James | Posted 03.18.2014 | Parents
Maia James

In any event, it was great to fit into a pair of pants that donʼt look like my grandmother should be wearing them. Until I saw my husband wearing them.

Stop Feeling Guilty For Taking Time To Be A New Mom

Kate Fridkis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kate Fridkis

Our bodies haven't finished healing, and we're supposed to look and act as though nothing even happened here, it's all good. It's all just the same as it was.

10 True Things About The First Year Of Parenthood

Karyn Thurston | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Karyn Thurston

These are the words I wish I'd read before jumping headlong into the mommyhood with my books and my charts and my ideals and my high horses. They're flawed, and they aren't all pretty, but they're hard-won and honest and as true as I can get 'em.

Bringing Change to Massachusetts: New Models to Address the Perinatal Mental Health Crisis

MotherWoman | Posted 04.15.2014 | Impact
MotherWoman

By Liz Friedman Miriam Carey's death is evidence of a crisis in this country. This is yet another heartbreaking example of the desperate need for a ...

The 2 Phrases That Helped Me Through Postpartum Depression

Lynn Shattuck | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Lynn Shattuck

I knew I was at a high risk. I had a plan: I could go up on the anti-depressants I took. I could attend postpartum support groups and get a therapist. I was prepared. Except, you can't really be prepared.