Else Nutrition Expands Into China and Canada
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California couple given wrong baby, settle lawsuit with clinic
(Photo by Aditya Romansa/Unsplash) This week, a California woman and her husband have reached an “in principle” settlement in their case against a fertility clinic, alleging that physicians put a stranger’s embryo in her during an in vitro fertilization procedure, causing her to give birth to the wrong baby.
I was terrified to give birth after listening to moms describe their birthing stories
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission. I think it’s pretty safe to say that every woman who has ever given birth had fears of the unknown while they were pregnant — especially the first-timers.
A mom in a bathroom stall next to me at a restaurant made me feel better about parenting
**This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events that I have experienced firsthand; used with permission. There are many things parents go through with their children, but the horrors of potty training can be truly traumatizing.
What it's like when you can't hold your baby for four months
My daughter Tori was born with bilateral hip dysplasia, which essentially means the ball of her femur was displaced outside of the socket of her hip joint. Because of this, she spent our months of her infancy in a full spica cast.
Getting pregnant did a better job saving my life than an intervention
*This is a work of nonfiction based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. In six months, my daughter will turn fourteen years old, and I will have officially kept a child alive through her tweenage years.
"Opinion" Giving advice to new moms
I was speaking to a woman yesterday whose son and daughter-in-law are having their first baby. She told me her daughter-in-law thought birth and taking care of a baby was going to be easy and although she wanted to help her with some advice, she wasn’t sure how to offer it and how much to give. I told her that I decided not to provide any advice to my daughter unless she had asked me for it. I thought that was a great plan, but she told me later that she wished I had told her more. So how much advice should you give a new mom? Here are what my daughter Jess and I came up with for the essential advice to give any new mom.
How A Doula Suggests Tackling the Formula Shortage
Ashley Tancredi is a certified Doula serving New Jersey and the greater Tri-State area. In light of the current formula shortage, she’s offered helpful advice for parents enduring the crisis.
Wives Ignored On Mother's Day
It's an enduring but unfortunate catchphrase, "You're not my mother." Words uttered by men who resist acknowledging their wives on Mother's Day. This excuse is generally used to avoid responsibility for celebrating their wives. Or to begrudgingly engage in minimal effort laced with complaints. It's seen as an unwanted and unnecessary obligation.
Straight Outta Hazelwood: Remembering Aaron Tyrone Lamont Dennis
Straight Outta Hazelwood is a series of profiles written by Andrea Coleman, a lifelong Hazelwood resident and founder of the Garden of Different Abilities. I lost my first-born son, Aaron Tyrone Lamont Dennis five years ago this May 30, 2022.
The Great Breastfeeding Hoax
I was a mom who was desperate to breastfeed. I worked with lactation consultants, took supplements and prescriptions, pumped endlessly, and still, my daughter was crying in hunger. And she wasn’t the only one sobbing.
Opinion: Women’s 9 Months In, 9 Months Out Posts Are Problematic
There is a Facebook/Instagram trend happening among moms. It’s the 9 months in and 9 months out side-by-side photos. Basically, the mom posts a photo of her 9-month pregnancy and then a photo holding her baby at 9 months old.
Mistakes You Make When Talking to a Preemie Mom
When I was taking my little ones out for a walk today, we passed a woman with a stroller. In the stroller was a very tiny baby. He was dressed in an adorable blue outfit, had an NG tube in his nose, and some other medical gear that I wasn’t as familiar with. We chatted briefly and then my kids and I continued on our walk.
I'm not a bad person for mourning the child I didn't get
*This is a work of nonfiction and opinion based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. I love my daughter more than I love anyone else in the world, and I feel the need to preface this post with the assertion that my love for her never wavers, despite the feeling that I have toward her which swirl around my head like little tornadoes; and change daily based on her behavior and how our relationship is shaking out from day to day.
Autism isn't the worst disability a child can have
*This is a work of nonfiction and opinion based on actual events I experienced firsthand; used with permission. Six years ago one of my friends had her first child and within a year of him being born I started to wonder if he was autistic.
The Timing of Pregnancy Announcements
I don’t know if you’ve heard or not, but Jennifer Lawrence's had a baby in February 2022. I know, I know, this is shocking news. I’m not sure how they hide her baby bump this whole time, with all of the normal media attention and all. But my inside sources say that a celebrity baby has been born.