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NICU

What a NICU Mama Needs

Whether it’s planned or completely unexpected, when your baby is in the NICU, life just gets overwhelming. My son was rushed to Children’s Mercy by ambulance early in the morning on his third day of life. I was completely exhausted and very drugged up still from an abrupt C-section and uncontrollable nausea even after delivery. […]

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My Non-Beautiful Natural Birth

My Non-Beautiful Natural Birth

I know I’m supposed to tell you my med-free birth was a beautiful, inspiring experience. That this is what I wanted when I walked through those hospital doors and that my baby and I are so much better for it. The truth? It was raw, humbling, messy and painful. I yelled passionately for anyone who […]

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We Hired a Sibling Doula

We Hired a Sibling Doula

I’ve had three babies. All of my extended family lives out-of-state, all over the country. When I went into labor with the first, I didn’t have to worry about childcare for any other children. The second time, I had to think about arrangements for a spur of the moment call for help, or to fly […]

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Big Sibling Bags

When my son was born, I put together some fun things for my daughter to do while she waited for her baby brother. When I found out we were expecting again, I decided I’d put together bags again for both of my kids. Labor and birth are so unpredictable, they may be long or short. […]

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vanessa home birth

My Home Birth Story

Vanessa: There’s no place I feel safer than in my own home – it’s a haven. Josh: We planned a home birth. We hired a nurse midwife and her assistant, as well as a doula for our family. Vanessa: Both of my older children were born in a hospital; this time, I wanted a different […]

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Birth photography: capturing your special moments

Many people who hear the words “birth” and “photography” together shudder as they picture scrunched-up-in-pain faces, less than flattering hospital gowns, smeared (or zero) makeup, not to mention the “aftermath.” Who would want to see that again? A lot of people, actually – and it’s becoming an increasingly popular trend. During the birthing process, there […]

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