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Kate Middleton To Tammy Duckworth: Redefining Postpartum? Or Just Pushing Women To Do More?

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I wish that our culture valued the most vital month postpartum as a time for healing our bodies and holding our babies. Sadly, I’m not sure we ever will.

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I Tell My Small Children Where Babies Come From

The first step to teaching small children where babies come from is by always correctly naming their body parts.

I tell my small children the truth about where babies come from because it is a natural biological function that has been shrouded in shame and control for too long.

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This Is Not How Nurses Treat Babies

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A nurse in Jacksonville, FL thinks it’s hilarious to use newborns like puppets for her own amusement. This is NOT how nurses treat babies!

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To The Mommas Whose Births I Have Had The Honor Of Witnessing

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My most precious memories are of the births of my own children, and right next to those, the memories of all the mommas and daddies and babies I have witnessed become families.

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The Birth Of Our Rainbow Baby 

Rainbow Baby Franklin by Mariah Aro Sharp @mightymooseart

He is FINALLY here — our rainbow baby is home.

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I Pee My Pants. Do You? Here's Help.

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I’ve done 200,000 Kegels, and a good joke will still make my panties wet (and not in a sexy time way). It's pee. In my pants. I pee my pants!

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Why I Get So Frustrated With My Pregnant Friends And Friends With Kids

Logically speaking, I fully understood and appreciated the necessity for the shift, but my heart was far less forgiving.

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It's Okay To Ask For Help & It's Definitely Okay To Give It

The drive to hyper-perform is basically a DNA strand of Americans. But that doesn't mean it's healthy... or sustainable.

I can't do this on my own. This life thing, this parenting thing, this figuring out how to make it all work thing? Yeah, those things. I can't. And what's more is I don't think any of us are meant to. It's time to shed the taboo around asking and receiving help.

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What Happens When You Get Pregnant After Postpartum Depression

"I had to accept that this journey was entirely different than anything that had come before."

Getting pregnant after postpartum depression may have stolen a lot from me, but it gave me a lot more.

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My Birth Stories: The Blooper Reel

Nothing could have prepared me for either of my births.

What I was not prepared for was this. When it was time to give birth to the placenta, gross thing really, it just kind of flops out and they drop it into a bucket. Splat.

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