Neat Relief: “The less you own, the less that owns you.”

Fast forward to me 4 months postpartum and recovering from a postpartum mood disorder. Through counseling, dietary changes and support from friends and family, I was coming out of the haze of depression and rage. I looked around my house and realized it was a mixture of “postpartum dirty and depression dirty” (If you’ve ever experienced either you know what I mean). I called Sara…”

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A Guide to Shopping Small

Let’s not pressure small business owners to deeply discount their goods or services like Black Friday. Instead let’s value their services and trust that the price they charge year round is what they need to make a living. Let’s support small business owners by valuing them, paying them fair and helping them thrive.

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The Part of My Birth Story Nobody Knows; Until Now.

“So there I was, sitting in a dark theater next to the man I love watching the feel good movie of my lifetime. Then suddenly, contractions started to pick up. I sat on the edge of my seat, lightly swaying when I needed and squeezing Les’ hand when the intensity rose.”

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American Academy of Pediatrics Sets New 2018 Guidelines on Car Seat Safety.

“The American Academy of Pediatrics has released new guidelines on car seat safety (CSS) for 2018, with some significant changes in prior recommendations. Probably the most significant, was the following change in how long they recommend a infant or toddler remain rear facing in a car…“

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How Can I Be A Better Mom For You?

“After rushing around to get everyone ready to leave, I realized sister had piled stuffed animals on top of baby. I overreacted. I spoke to her in a way I’m not proud of and that wasn’t necessary or appropriate. Immediately, I regretted it. She immediately broke down crying. A real, stress filled, tearful cry. She lunged for me, with arms open, and I caught her and held her. She sobbed in my lap and the following conversation took place…“

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Mary's Second Birth Story

“I had not just birthed my baby, but caught baby with my own hands. I had confronted demons and won. Surrounded by those most important to me, I found the inner strength I had lost. I held baby to my chest. I felt the thick layer of vernix, smelled the sweet aroma of the newly born head and suddenly, the battle I had just won felt so far in the past. As if it was already years in the distance. A beautiful memory of a victory…”

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Birth Announcement: #babydukebro is here!

“For years, I’ve educated and supported families through births. Today I proved to myself the awesomeness of my body and the healing nature of a supportive birth team. #dukebrownbro was born Tuesday July 3rd at 1:45am caught by his mother in their home surrounded by love. Weighing 8lbs 3oz and 23inches long…”

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Fresh RX - Fresh Food Program for Expecting Moms on Medicaid

“From the beginning, Community Farmers Market has been committed to finding solutions to provide a better food system for low-income households. The goal is for this program to expand to other Medicaid participants and eventually be provided through all insurance companies.”

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The Overwhelming Vulnerability of Waiting for Baby

“I am writing this to inspire other pregnant women and parents who may be struggling with the same fear, worry and anxiety. To say to them, this too is normal. It’s when moms feel this way non-evidence based care providers can use their fear to sway them to choose interventions they might regret later.”

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​Video: Mary and Amanda Demonstrate Comfort Measures on MiddayLIVE at WBKO13​​

“I was a guest on Midday Live with WBKO13 with Amanda Woolen of The Grateful Moms Doula. We talked comfort measures and what you’ll learn during Lamaze Class. Watch us get 'hands-on' with a live demonstration of a technique that provides much needed comfort and decreases pain during active labor. I’ve also opened up registration for fall Lamaze Classes...”

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You Are Not A Failure - The Lifesaving Support of A Doula for a Breastfeeding Mother

“I have an important, deeply emotional story to share with you tonight. Only one month postpartum, Lucy's weight had rapidly declined. Suddenly, this little one's story was not so positive. Despite seeing the pediatrician regularly, she was still failing to return to her birth weight of 6lb 8oz. It became obvious then, that something was wrong.“

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