Right. Wrong. Life. Death. Few things are ever that black and white. But when a new parent brings home their little baby for the first time, the fear of caring for them can feel that stark. It was…the hospital’s job to keep that baby alive and now it’s all on them. Every hour. Every day. As a postpartum doula, my job is to offer support to a new parent — usually mom — once the baby leaves the hospital. This in-home support can look different on any given day. Some days I… >> Read More
When you become a parent, whether for the first time or not, it can be one of the most intense times of your life. Everything can seem overwhelming at first with a newborn at home--especially when…you're balancing work, family, multiple kids, or you know, your sanity. We asked our Facebook community what gifts they suggest for someone who just had a baby, and this is what they said (lightly edited): 1. "Check to see if one of their friends made a meal train and if not, make one for them. Offer… >> Read More
Ok “Momnesia,” I thought you were a myth, but this pregnancy I really feel you. In fact, I think I have gotten stupider—or wait, should I be saying “more stupid”? Argh, do you see the…problem here? I have heard the severity of how much your brain capacity is snatched away by your newborn varies from mom to mom. Well, my case right now is severe—I am convinced my baby has at least 90 percent of it, maybe more. In the altered words of Sir Mix-A-Lot, “Baby Got Brain.” Do… >> Read More
If you're a new momor expecting parent who is chained to the couch for long periods of time (or you know, just a mom who likes to watch movies), you may want to watch something you feel pertains to…you but that isn't too serious. Sure, you liked "Moana" and "Dunkirk," but what about laughing at the daily grind of being a parent? Well, this is why I rounded up some of my favorite movies, mostly comedies, that you need to check out with a tub of ice cream and/or popcorn (you can also… >> Read More
This week I read a sanitized-feeling diary of the first three weeks of one family's life with a new baby.
In response, I decided to offer my own retroactive parody diary, because new moms…need to know: it's not always pretty, or cute, or funny, or Instagram-worthy. And that's okay. In fact, that's normal. So here's how it looked from my perspective, when my husband and I welcomed our first child, Diana, after several agonizing years of failed pregnancy attempts and fertility treatments— compounded by my “advanced maternal age” status. Day 1: (Tuesday, August 23): Andy and I… >> Read More