• Postpartum

    20+ Postpartum Recovery Must Have Products of 2020

    The Best Postpartum Recovery Essentials of 2020 Giving birth is one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life. The empowerment behind growing a human and bringing life into the world is remarkable. However, what we don’t talk about enough is the postpartum recovery that comes after. When I was pregnant with my first child, I remember researching, reading, and hearing all about the pregnancy part of things and what the baby would need. Never did I think to ask what I would need or what I would feel as I embarked on recovering from childbirth. Thankfully, now after having my second child, I’ve learned a thing or two…

  • Pregnancy

    Natural Birth vs. Epidural: My Medicated and Unmedicated Births

    I’ve been asked by several friends and family members about my experience with a natural birth vs. epidural. With my first child, I had an epidural and gave birth in a hospital. Recently, I gave birth to my second child naturally in a birth center. The truth is, I have two beautiful babies! I don’t regret either of my choices even though they are significantly different. Both of my births were memorable, uncomplicated, and special. The choice to have an unmedicated birth for my second birth experience was not a decision I made lightly. Knowing what I knew after having my first, I was hesitant to cut off the epidural…

  • Micro Blogging

    Reckless 2020

    “reck·less” /ˈrekləs/ adjective (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. Seems like a fitting “word of the day” considering what has been happening in our country recently. It saddens me to see such hate going on in our home. The reckless behavior of police have led to insurmountable pain and devastation that is rolling through our country like a ball that has caught fire and ignites every path it rolls through. It saddens me that this is a reality; a reality that I genuinely thought was just a misunderstanding when I was growing up. That misunderstanding seemed to be happening all…

  • Postpartum

    Guest Post by Sheree Reese: A Postpartum Depression Story

    I remember that moment. My heart fell to the pit of my stomach. Face numb—my hand gripping tightly on the pen with an overwhelming rush. I remember reading each question, glancing over at the nurse, and knowing very well my answers to these questions would determine whether they deemed me depressed. On a scale from 1-10…On a scale from 1-10…On a scale from 1-10…Over and over for the next 2-3 pages. I felt a rush of shame. Perhaps stigma made me worried? And so, I lied. I chose to answer neutrally or positively on every question. When in reality, I was on the far end of the spectrum feeling horrid…

  • Coronavirus and pregnancy
    Pregnancy

    Coronavirus and Pregnancy: How Women Giving Birth in 2020 Will Redefine Motherhood

    Women giving birth in 2020 will have to redefine motherhood given the negative relationship between the coronavirus and pregnancy. Without a doubt, what is happening in our world today is scary. The coronavirus (or COVID-19) has swept over our world causing a historical pandemic that no one was prepared to face. I really didn’t want to acknowledge this situation. As a matter of fact, I didn’t even want to say the name of the virus out loud. I guess you can say I was in denial. However, now that this virus has hit my home state and has put my pregnancy at risk, I can’t keep my head buried in…