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The Best Advice New Moms Need to Remember

When you become a mom, advice comes in from all directions. Everywhere you turn a stranger, friend, or family member is offering their two cents on the subject of motherhood whether you ask or not. Some advice is well-meaning and kind, while other advice is absurd and bizarre. We should not bombard new moms with …

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7 Must Haves When It’s Time to Bring Home Baby

Thank you, Maty’s Healthy Products, for being my partner for this post. When you’re pregnant, there are constant voices telling you what you should and shouldn’t do. What you should buy, what isn’t worth it. What you should eat, what you shouldn’t touch at all. Even strangers come up to you, rub your belly, and …

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Practical Advice for First Time Moms and Dads as You Prepare for Baby

Congratulations! You are having a baby. Maybe you’re not having a baby…yet. You would like to have a baby and are thinking ahead, preparing for what will come. That is perfectly fine. I always thought getting pregnant would be so simple, but it wasn’t for us. When I did get pregnant, I was unprepared. I …

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Preparing for Baby: 22 Scriptures for Labor and Delivery

Labor is hard. It’s intense. With my first labor, I tried so hard to have a natural birth, but in the end, I couldn’t relax and asked (okay, BEGGED) for an epidural. One of the things I tried doing was listening to music. I quickly learned though that I can’t stand music with lyrics while …

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Preparing for Baby: Should I Hire a Doula for Labor and Delivery?

When preparing for baby, one of the best questions I asked was if I should hire a doula. The answer is always YES! Having that extra support person is huge. Many moms choose to have a doula on their birth team. This decision is definitely a personal one and needs to be made with your …

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Breastfeeding Essentials: 12 Helpful Products That Make Nursing Easier

While breastfeeding is natural, for many moms, it doesn’t always come naturally. With my oldest, it was a hard fought battle. We had several setbacks which led to many tears from both of us. I know I wasn’t alone, but it sure felt that way. That’s why I make this list of breastfeeding essentials. Every …

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Breastfeeding: Simple Ways to Establish a Healthy Milk Supply

Prior to our move to the VA mountains, I had the privilege of earning my Certified Lactation Counselor credential and working with breastfeeding mama’s for 2 years through our local WIC office. I was invited into the early moments of many birth days for people in our community. It was a very unique experience I …

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10 Things I Wish I Knew About Childbirth Before Having a Baby

Childbirth is an amazing experience, but there are a few things I wish I had known in advance. Once the baby bump is visible, the unsolicited advice and questions begin. If you’re lucky, people think they get to walk up to you and rub your belly too. No lie. Complete strangers on the street walk …

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Birth Plan: What is a Birth Plan and How to Create Your Own Birth Plan

In preparing for the birth of our first child, I was introduced to the concept of a Birth Plan. In the Birth Plan, I was able to write out all of my desires. While in labor it’s hard to think clearly and verbalize everything that you want to happen, so it’s important to think through …

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Going Home with Empty Arms: Choosing Faith Over Fear

Guest post by Heather Hendricksen. This day. This is a day I’ll remember for the rest of my life. It’s a day that, if I let it, will encompass me fully and keep me from my daily tasks. It’s a day that I’d love to forget, but hope that I’ll remember forever. It’s the day that my …

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