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My Top 5 Lessons from the First Year of Motherhood

Mom reads "Little Feminist" book to 6 month old baby

New Year’s Eve 2018 Exactly one year ago today, we brought a brand new baby home from the hospital. Jack and I joked that as new parents we’d be in bed by 8pm on New Year’s Eve… Little did we know that Lottie had other plans.  It was one of the most challenging nights of motherhood I’ve had so far. We found out the next day that Lottie wasn’t getting any milk, she was losing too much weight, and her jaundice was getting worse. We didn’t sleep at all, and I’m pretty sure all three of us cried at least once that night.  With some much-needed and just-in-time help from a lactation consultant, a new feeding plan, and a few hours of sleep, we worked it out. I’ll tell the full story another day, I’m sure, but since self-reflection is one of my favorite activities, and it’s January 31st, I … Read more

My Birth Story Part 2: “No More Feelings Allowed.”

Mom with newborn

From time to time I’ll share pregnancy and birth stories from real parents. While I won’t skip over the hard parts, my promise to you is that they’ll be written in an affirmative way, speaking to the power, strength, and courage of the birthing person. If any story contains trauma, I’ll be sure to let you know in advance. To kick things off, I’m sharing my personal pregnancy and birth story with you because it’s a driving force behind why Bold & Mighty Birth exists today. Without further ado… December 24th, 2018.   It was four days before my estimated due date, and I was sitting in the pharmacy at the grocery store, taking my blood pressure while last-minute shoppers picked up final items for Christmas Eve dinner. The results flashed on the screen, and my heart sank. My blood pressure had been perfect throughout my entire pregnancy, but it … Read more

My Birth Story Part 1: “I Have a Lot of Feelings.”

From time to time I’ll share pregnancy and birth stories from real parents. While I won’t skip over the hard parts, my promise to you is that they’ll be written in an affirmative way, speaking to the power, strength, and courage of the birthing person. If any story contains trauma, I’ll be sure to let you know in advance so that you can choose whether to read further. To kick things off, I’m sharing my personal pregnancy and birth story with you because it’s a driving force behind why Bold & Mighty Birth exists today. Without further ado…   cw: potential pregnancy loss   My pregnancy and birth stories are very personal… and very political. When I found out I was pregnant in April 2018, I was ecstatic and terrified in all the ways people are when they realize they’re responsible for a tiny human. But I trusted myself and … Read more