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The Autumn “Fall Back” to Seasonal Affective Disorder

There are many reasons why returning to standard time is the worst thing about fall. “Falling back” an hour can disrupt all members of the family, especially causing a frustrating shift in naptimes and bedtimes for the youngsters. For me, the few hours between sundown...

The Work Out You Haven’t Worked Out

According to Meredith at Mother Figure, not all kegels are created equal. I, for one, was taught that they’re a super easy, brainless exercise that one MUST get into the habit of. Then, my obstetrician, an older gentleman, told me quite bluntly that they’re totally...

Nursing Essentials Under $25

Breastfeeding is a natural process but sometimes you need the right supplies to make it easier! We’ve compiled a list of our favorite items for breastfeeding mamas. Check them out and give us feedback in the comments about what else made the early breastfeeding...

A Midwife’s Calling: An International Journey for Women’s Wellness

An off-the-cuff Facebook comment caused a chain reaction that changed North Idaho midwife Kim Palmer’s life. “One of these days, I’m going to come see you and those giraffes,” she wrote on friend Marilyn Sorensen’s photo. The two had met at a midwifery conference...

Fighting Cabin Fever in the Inland Northwest

Oh, February. Any lingering excitement from the holidays are gone. The weather is chilly and drippy with limited sun. In my house, the cabin fever is real, for kids and adults alike. We need fresh air. I’m trying not to let the weather keep us indoors. It’s a great...

Play to Learn: A Guide for Parents

Play comes naturally to kids, but not always to adults. Experts and parents agree that play-based and traditional classroom learning are both necessary and profoundly important for a child’s early education — therefore, making time for all kinds of play is...

How I survived two 19-hour days of flying in the First Trimester

My husband and I are frequent travelers. Last spring, about three weeks before I found out I was expecting our first child, we booked flights for a bucket list trip – Greece – and combined it with a trip to Germany for a wedding. I wasn’t too concerned. After all,...

A New View on Geriatric Pregnancies

Geriatric isn’t a word that comes to mind when discussing a woman in her 30s — unless you’re talking about pregnancy. While the term is reserved for women over 35, it continues to be used to describe a pregnancy by a woman deemed to be procreating late in life....

Bringing Home Baby (And Your Bottom)

Birth on TV and in movies tends to be overly dramatic, not-too-accurate scenes of women screaming and swearing while in labor. OK, we got the message. Having a baby isn’t a cakewalk. But the media skips over the healing process that occurs over the days or weeks after...

Finding My Strength: Pelvic Floor Edition

Making babies: It’s all fun and games until you get a bladder hernia More than 200,000 women are diagnosed with a cystocele annually. When it happened to me, I went to the Internet to read about other women’s stories and was disappointed. It’s so common, but no one’s...
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