The #52WeeksofMotherhood Project: Week 19

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Week 19 of The 52 Weeks of Motherhood Project is a story of the sacred bond between a mother and her baby, a bond that is stronger than sorrow and fear and doubt. This story is told by my sister-in-law Leidy. She is the mother of 6 children: 4 here on earth, and 2 angel babies. Here she talks about … Read More

The #52WeeksofMotherhood Project: Week 18

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Hey week 18 mamas! How are you all feeling? I decided to try something a bit different this week and informally took a poll using this same question to see what similarities and differences there are in women’s experiences of this week. The general consensus? Ya’ll are HUNGRY!! Eat up! You need healthy, delicious nourishment to get your energy back after … Read More

The #52WeeksofMotherhood Project: Week 17

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At this point in pregnancy, you may or may not be showing. I remember I kept wishing for the day that some stranger would comment on my pregnancy, because then it would mean that I actually looked pregnant, not permanently bloated. I worked as a server while I was pregnant and during the first trimester people would stare at my boobs … Read More

The #52WeeksofMotherhood Project: Week 16

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How did you feel when you found out the sex of your baby? At 16 weeks pregnant, Luciana Herman learned she was having a girl, and this was her reaction. Here is Luciana’s week 16: “”It’s a girl!”  Some of the most exciting and unsettling words that I’ve ever heard. I always knew I’d be a good boy’s mom.  I … Read More

The #52WeeksofMotherhood Project: Week 15

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This week’s story is all about connections: the connection to yourself as a human being, to your career and passions, to your identity as a person with or without kids, the evolving connection to your parents and partner, the connection to your idea of what your life is–and should be–like… This ever-growing network of connections–and the push and pull from all … Read More

The #52WeeksofMotherhood Project: Week 14

Postpartum Doula and Breastfeeding Support

With The 52 Weeks of Motherhood Project I aim to show a full range of pregnancy and postpartum experiences. While each story is unique to that person, there are always elements that are relatable for other people, and I think it’s important for mothers to feel that they aren’t alone. So far this year there have been stories of really happy, positive pregnancies … Read More

The #52WeeksofMotherhood Project: Week 13

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The 52 Weeks of Motherhood Project is entering its second trimester!! Week 13 means that months of puking, nausea, exhaustion, and feeling generally blah are over for lots of people (although there are plenty of mothers who experience the poorly-named “morning sickness” well into their second, and even third, trimesters), and a few months of extra energy and excitement begin. This … Read More

The #52WeeksofMotherhood Project: Week 12

Nova Doula & Lactation Cleveland Ohio

I haven’t heard one pregnancy story yet that hasn’t involved some type of ups and downs, that hasn’t been a roller coaster ride at one point or another. For some people it happens right at the beginning… they feel great, then all of a sudden it hits them — the nausea or the fear or the utter and complete joy. For … Read More

The #52WeeksofMotherhood Project: Week 11

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For week 11 of The #52WeeksofMotherhood Project, I get to feature a story from one of the co-organizers of West Side New Moms, our group started exactly one year ago! Rachel and the other co-organizers have helped make the group into a thriving, supportive community of moms. We now have over 210 members, have added a sister group for mothers of … Read More