Women are incredible. Pregnancy, the birth process, & the postpartum period are consistent proof of that! While every mother’s experience of this process is different, we hope that sharing these stories & these insights will help you through this difficult, yet amazing journey.
Pregnancy, Birth, & Labor
Read Katie's story about her successful VBAC, finding the right Doula, and learn why her second birth experience was totally different than her first
Shari has had two C Sections. While they both resulted in healthy baby boys, her second C Section allowed for a better overall birth experience. Read her birth story here!
Read the incredible story about Jess, how she came to the decision to have a home birth, and find out how it went!
We can plan & prepare endlessly for the birth of our babies, but it doesn't mean that our birth experience will go according to plan! In this video, Shari offers reminders to manage expectations during this process...
Postpartum & Beyond
Find out what Dr. Stephanie Canale recommends, and what she warns to stay away from, when trying to increase your breast milk supply
Physical Therapist and author Marianne Ryan explains why it takes time to regain your pre-pregnancy figure and why you should not expect to be “Facebook ready” a day after birth
Read Michelle's article from littlebeam to learn some very clever and time saving pumping hacks
Read Sandra's article to find out how a postpartum body changes, and what you can do to help yourself heal
The postpartum period can be very difficult, & our hope is that this video will help a few moms who need some extra support throughout this time.
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Featured Contributor: Katie Strohecker
Katie Strohecker lives in Lancaster, PA with her husband and two children. She is a former teacher, turned work-from-home mom with a background in event planning. She is also the co-owner of Milestone Family Expos, which strives to showcase the newest and best parenting, baby, and child-related products/services through two of the largest annual expo shows in the Central PA area.
Featured Contributor: Jess Robertson
Jess lives in Redlands, CA with her hubby and two boys. She is the owner of Honest Mama, which was born out of the desire to connect with mamas everywhere. You can follow her crazy and beautiful journey through motherhood on Instagram: @honestmama.co
Featured Contributor: Michelle Stulberger
Michelle is the Director of Business Operations at littlebeam. littlebeam Nursing Pillow is the perfect way to get comfortable during breastfeeding. This easily portable pillow has a unique body hugging shape that doesn’t need straps or velcro. Developed by a lactation consultant, littlebeam can be used in any position. Plus, this compact, firm pillow has a 100% cotton, machine-washable cover. littlebeam is proud to support ALL families, no matter their feeding choices.
Featured Contributor: Dr. Stephanie Canale, CEO of the Lactation Lab
The Lactation Lab was founded by Dr. Stephanie Canale, a physician and mother of two. This lab was born out of curiosity and guilt, and with a goal to reassure mothers and empower them to optimize their child's nutrition.
Featured Contributor: Marianne Ryan
Marianne Ryan PT, OCS is a physical therapist and board-certified orthopedic clinical specialist. She is an award-winning author of the international best selling book, Baby Bod – Turn Flab to Fab in 12 Weeks Flat (available on Amazon), Clinical Director of MRPT Physical Therapy in New York City and a spokesperson for the American Physical Therapy Association Media Corps. With more than 30 years' experience, she specializes in helping women reclaim their bodies after childbirth.
Featured Contributor: Count the Kicks
In the early 2000s, five Iowa moms endured the heartache of losing a daughter to stillbirth or infant death. After being connected through friends and pastors, a strong bond quickly formed between Jan, Janet, Kate, Kerry and Tiffan. During many connected conversations over coffee, the women decided to channel their grief into stillbirth prevention efforts to keep other families from facing the pain of losing a baby. Read their full story here!