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Strong Women Raise Strong Babies

{Photo Credit: Anna Ligocki Photography} “I do.” My baby sister got married last weekend. My new brother in-law works hard and loves big. He’s adventurous and determined. Growing up, he had strong role models in his mom, aunt, and grandmother. My sister, petite as she is, is a strong-willed, stubborn woman with grit to spare. Though, she […]

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Trending Now: Nitrous Oxide for Relief During Labor Helps

{Disclosure: Our partners at Fairview Health Services are here to answer questions about a popular new pain relief option during childbirth: nitrous oxide. Learn from Darlene Spiegelberg, MAN, BSN, RN, Nursing Director of Fairview Southdale Hospital about nitrous oxide and how it can be used as a middle ground for pain relief.} It’s no secret that with the […]

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Twin Cities Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Guide

The pregnancy and postpartum period can be filled with so much joy, but it can also be overwhelming when researching all of your options. Children's Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota understands that and we're so grateful to them for sponsoring this incredible resource. There are endless questions to be answered: Where should I give birth? Who will help [...]
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I Ended Up With Ten People in the Delivery Room

When my pregnancy test showed those two little pink lines, I was far from creating a birth plan. I was blindsided and scared. That’s all there was to it. When you go into survival mode, you aren’t thinking about the future, you are only thinking about getting through the next moments. The father of these […]

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Every Child is Different: Healthy Development from Birth to Three

{Disclosure: We are thrilled to partner with Children’s Hospitals and Clinics of Minnesota to share helpful information about early childhood development for children ages zero to three. A host of additional early childhood resources are available on the Children’s website.} Even before we see that plus sign on the pregnancy test, we compare. We compare our […]

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Five Things You May Not Know About Midwifery

Disclosure: Our partners at Fairview Health Services are passionate about educating and supporting women throughout their pregnancies. Learn from Certified Nurse Midwife Karin Marshall, CNM, APRN, of Fairview – Paul Larson Clinic about midwifery and what services a midwife can provide during birth and pregnancy. For many women – seeing the two lines or the words ‘pregnant’ […]

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She-Ra Standing: A Semi-Stubborn, Cutting-it-Close Christmas Birth Story

It was a verifiable miracle: Somehow I woke up on Christmas morning able to cram my 40-weeks-pregnant belly into my festive footie pajamas and zip them up. Even though it was my due date, I’d already decided Baby would be at least a week late. Nothing was happening. The doctor and midwife agreed. Having a […]

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Yes, My Kid was Born on Christmas, and No, I Didn’t Plan That

I didn’t exactly plan for my water to break in my festive footie pajamas after a big Christmas breakfast. But then again, the due date listed on my chart was December 25, so I guess I shouldn’t have been too surprised. At my first prenatal appointment, I actually fibbed about the date of my last period […]

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Before and During Pregnancy

I’m One of Those Ballooning Pregnant Women

I always dreamed of being one of those super fit pregnant women who didn’t look pregnant anywhere other than in their belly. You know, the kind whose bodies look exactly the same other than their growing bumps, the kind who can still wear their pre-pregnancy jeans through every trimester as long as they have a […]

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