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Should Intended Parents Take a Childbirth Education Class?

“I’m not birthing a baby, why would I need to take a childbirth education class?” Simply stated: You ARE birthing a baby through the help of a surrogate. Your journey to parenthood through surrogacy has been a unique and complicated experience that has brought a mix of emotions along the way. On the one hand,…

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Cozy Up in Your Comfy Pants
New Parents

Cozy Up in Your Comfy Pants: Not Just for Pregnancy, Postpartum or Pandemics

Thanksgiving week has arrived and whether you’re celebrating this year or not, pregnant or postpartum, a mom or a dad, we think it’s a great time to put on the ...
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Changing Family Traditions
Holidays with Babies

Changing Family Traditions: Navigating the Holidays With Your Baby

Foreword: This year, things look a bit different than normal. We are many months deep into a pandemic and holiday plans for many will not be the same. The advice ...
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10 Great Instant Pot Hacks
Food Favorites

10 Great Instant Pot Hacks for New Parents!

As a postpartum doula, I am always looking for ways to make parents’ lives easier. Whether it be sleep related, feeding related, or anything in between, I soak up all ...
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Dear Parents of Preemies
Intended Parents

A Letter from Your Doula: Dear Parents of Preemies

Hello, I would normally ask how you're doing, but I'm certain everyone is already asking that and you probably don't know how to answer anyway. So I'll just assume that ...
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Give Yourself a Break
New Parents

Zero ***ks: Give Yourself a Break

It’s not what you think! It’s TASKS. ZERO TASKS!!! Yep, that’s right. This coming Sunday, November 1, is Zero Tasking Day and we’re doing the task of providing you an ...
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Easiest Chicken Broth Ever
Food Favorites

How to Make the Easiest Chicken Broth Ever!

The leaves are turning, the air is getting crisp, and you’re craving something warm and nourishing. You want something you can hold in your hands to warm them as you ...
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parenthood covid
New Parents

Parenthood, Pandemics, and Priorities: How to care for yourself and your baby during hard times

We’ve all heard it a million times: 2020 has been quite the year. A worldwide pandemic, people in various states of unrest, wildfires and hurricanes ravaging cities…it threw everyone into ...
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Best Coffee Shops
Food Favorites

The Best Coffee Shops for Fall in Portland Oregon

  FALL. IS. HERE. Nothing is better than pumpkin latte season, am I right?! Or maple or cardamom or apple… Mmmm. It’s early October and even the warmer days are ...
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feeding baby
Baby Care

The Complex World of Feeding Babies: A Conversation With 3 Moms

When it comes to feeding your baby, we've seen it all. It seems like a simple choice at first: breastfeed or formula feed. But the world of infant feeding is ...
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