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How to Make Childbirth (Slightly) Less Terrifying

When I was pregnant with my son nine years ago, I remember being a little nervous about the process of actually giving birth. Hahahahaha, just kidding, I was petrified. While all the other pregnant women from my “new moms group” were gushing about the “natural, med-free birth” they dreamt of, I was like, “Holy hell,…Read […]

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What Expecting Parents Need Instead of a ‘Baby Prenup’

The idea of a “baby prenup” was first brought into pop consciousness by Porsha of The Real Housewives of Atlanta, and apparently, it’s now the latest (oh god) “momtroversy.” It is simply a written agreement between an expecting couple that lays out the childcare expectations for both parties before a baby is born. Read more… […]

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Wear Ear Protection When Soothing Your Screaming Baby

Babies cry. It’s a feature, not a bug. Sure, we all know this before getting into the whole parenthood thing, but I don’t think any experience—being seated next to a tiny screamer on an airplane, holding a shrieking nephew as his bottle is prepped, or even living above an infant in full sleep-training mode—could ever…Read […]

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How to Stay Sane When Your Baby Is in the NICU

When Amanda Sloane went home from the hospital two days after delivery, she left her newborn daughter, Emerie, in the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU). As Sloane was wheeled out the front doors empty handed, she passed wheelchair after wheelchair of women leaving with their newborn babies. And every time she…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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The Weird Baby Products That Parents Swear By 

When you become a parent, you are initiated into the weird world of modern baby products. There is something out there to “solve” every issue (and trust me, moms and dads navigating the messy terrain of new parenthood encounter a lot of issues). But how do you separate the truly world-changing innovations from the…Read more… […]

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How Partners of Breastfeeding Moms Can Actually Be Helpful

Author Catherynne Valente discovered a passage in New Mother’s Guide to Breastfeeding—a book written in 2002, not 1952, mind you—that reads: “Fathers, if your wife is having trouble or pain, step in and adjust her technique, reminding her that successful breastfeeding is a priority for the development of the child and…Read more… Continue Reading at […]

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Why You Need a ‘Postpartum Party’ More Than a Baby Shower

I get why people have baby showers. If you’re the pregnant one, you’re glowing (it could be the excessive sweat from all those raging hormones, but your guests won’t know the difference). Your hair has never looked better. You are filled with hope and wonder about the person growing inside you—Will he look like me?…Read […]

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Dads, Take Your Parental Leave

The numbers show that many dads believe fathers should take parental leave to care for their newborns. But maybe they mean in theory. Because while two-thirds of women use all of their paid parental leave, only 36 percent of men do the same, according to the latest survey by the Society for Human Resource Management.…Read […]

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