I’ll Carry You

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I was 20 weeks pregnant when doctors detected a lethal form of dwarfism in my daughter on the ultrasound. The condition meant my sweet baby girl would die of respiratory failure at birth. The news was so shocking I...
As a birth doula, I have undoubtedly experienced pregnancy loss with clients and friends. You have likely experienced it yourself or are close to someone who will or who has experienced a pregnancy loss. It can be difficult navigating...
"Meet my friend,” they said. "He's a wonderful person to be around,” they said. "However...he does have a baby and was never married,” they said. Scary thoughts, right? These are the first words that I heard before I met my now husband. Dating...
When I imagined having a second baby one day, I definitely thought we might go the home birth route, but could have never predicted that a global pandemic would push home birth into the public eye more and further...
When you’re hoping to add to your family, that little plus sign on the pregnancy test is a cause for celebration. However, sometimes an egg implants itself outside the uterus. When this happens, it’s considered a medical emergency. Here's...
Event is Now VIRTUAL due to COVID-19 As a trusted community resource, we have made the difficult decision to transition this event to a VIRTUAL PLATFORM in accordance with the CDC guidelines to avoid large gatherings to help slow the...
My story is not unique. Like many women, I lost our baby during the first trimester of what was supposed to be a nine month pregnancy. Medically, my situation was common, routine and even expected. But emotionally, the loss...
I don’t have a first-grader. That keeps running through my head, and I don’t know where it came from. Back to school season has never been a reminder of babies lost, but this year, it was. Sometimes, I see the hole where...
The pregnancy and postpartum period can be filled with so much joy, but it can also be overwhelming when researching all of your options. There are endless questions to be answered: Where should I give birth? Who will help...

Grace and Grit

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I knew I’d get some funny comments when I was pregnant. I had heard my mom friends lament about them, the jokes about expecting twins, and how ridiculous it is that pregnancy often means zero filters when it comes...

Two Pink Lines

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My husband and I only waited a year after we were married before we started trying to have a baby, but month after month, we kept getting negative pregnancy tests. Nothing seemed to be wrong, and it felt like...
"Teaching children about the natural world should be treated as one of the most important events in their lives." ~Thomas Berry, Nature Writer Growing up green is more than a slogan for developing the next generation of environmental champions. It is...
For every working mom with a new baby or preschooler, one parenting decision looms large: Daycare. Where can you safely entrust your child during the 40-plus hour work week? Where will your precious baby not only survive those long...
August 30 is National Grief Awareness Day. Twin Cities Moms Blog contributing writer, Trista Rakow, is bravely sharing her story with us today about loss and how it's impacted her as a mother.  Life has certainly handed me an assortment...

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You Can Have It All, Just Not At The Same Time

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An entire world opened up for me when I admitted I couldn’t and didn’t need to do it all. When I had the courage...

Leggings Are A Lie…

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