Making Your New Schedule: for new moms heading back to work

Making Your New Schedule: for new moms heading back to work

The thing about being a new mom is you still acutely remember what life was like before your baby was born. Like really remember it. What it was to sleep in, and not be awoken every 45-60 minutes though the night. {Side note: parents of newborns truly understand how sleep deprivation is a torture tactic.} You remember eating with both hands, and having a meal at the same time as your partner. Completing tasks is another thing you remember being able to do; one because you didn't have a little person to interrupt you, and two you didn't forget what you were doing while you were doing it.

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What I've Learned, Two Years Into Motherhood

What I've Learned, Two Years Into Motherhood

When Oliver was a baby, I would fret about getting out of the house quickly. I resisted slowing down, and allowing for the grace and buffer time babies and children need during daily transitions that veteran parents are quite aware of. So I was always rushing and trying to keep the same cadence I had pre-baby. A very large part of me didn't want having a baby to change me that much. I wanted the world to see, “Hey it's me! I’m the same old Jen, just now with a newborn in tow. I can do all the things I used to do!" But in reality, I had changed, and my life had changed A LOT, yet I needed to adjust and be okay with that. Of course all this change does take time.  

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How to Be a Supportive Friend When Your BFF Is Pregnant

How to Be a Supportive Friend When Your BFF Is Pregnant

Earlier this week I received a Facebook message from an acquaintance in Brooklyn- asking what resources I could recommend for someone looking to be as supportive and helpful as they can for their best friend who’s having a hard time during pregnancy. I was so glad she reached out asking this question, because for women who haven’t had a baby before, this whole baby-having stuff is like a foreign territory. By being so thoughtful and attentive to reach out to a professional for recommendations shows she wanted to be the best support she could for her expecting friend.

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The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Newborn Preparation

The Ultimate Cheat Sheet on Newborn Preparation

As your due date approaches, there’s often so much focus around the upcoming experience of birth, as there should, however, I find this leaves many new parents wholly unprepared for the moments and days after coming home from the birth. The following are items new parents have found helpful and often not on hand when needed most during those early weeks with a newborn.

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What Does a Postpartum Doula Do?

What Does a Postpartum Doula Do?

Picture this: you’ve given birth a couple days ago to your first baby. The hospital has given you the “a-ok” to be discharged and you’re heading home with your newborn. The hospital just lets you go, on your way home, as a family of three. You and your partner, are alone with you little one for the first time. No more nurses or doctors checking on you while you’re at home- you’re totally on your own.

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Talking Back-to-Work with Mitera

Talking Back-to-Work with Mitera

Have you heard about Mitera? They design and create gorgeous, chic, yet functional clothing and accessories for moms. Founded by Yoko Shimada, she spent the last 15 years working and traveling throughout Africa and Asia as a global public health specialist. Four years ago, her life changed forever with the birth of her son and she immediately began to feel the pull of juggling her professional life with the demands of motherhood. Mitera was born out of Yoko’s desire to look fashionable, and feel beautiful, yet dress practically for the demands of motherhood as a professional.

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10 Reasons to Hire A Birth Doula

10 Reasons to Hire A Birth Doula

Emotional support during pregnancy: Pregnancy can be quite the ride, with so many changes happening quickly- having a doula in your corner can be the stability just about any pregnant lady needs. Feeling confused about your last Dr visit? Call your doula to talk it out and she’ll help you form a list of follow-up questions for your OB. Overwhelmed by family drama, or simply confused navigating the million baby products on the market? Your doula will help your breath, unwind, and make a plan.

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The Case for Paid Leave

The Case for Paid Leave

Over the past couple of years, there’s been more interest and attention on providing paid family leave to individuals. This landscape can be a bit confusing as there are many opinions on whether or not the government should provide paid family leave at the national and state level, or if it should be up to businesses to provide this benefit to employees on a voluntary basis. Over the past couple of years, there’s been more interest and attention on providing paid family leave to individuals. This landscape can be a bit confusing as there are many opinions on whether or not the government should provide paid family leave at the national and state level, or if it should be up to businesses to provide this benefit to employees on a voluntary basis. 

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