April is Cesarean Awareness Month, yet for nearly one-third of women, the reality of c-sections is already a presence in our lives. For many of us, c-section awareness isn't confined to just 30 days. Instead, it started on a...
I have been an avid reader since I was a child. I read constantly about many topics. When I became pregnant with my daughter in 2018, I immediately ordered every book I could find about pregnancy and babies (seriously,...
After my first pregnancy, I remember schlepping myself and my breastfed baby to my six-week postpartum appointment at the hospital an hour away. This way the doctor could check things out, give me some contraceptives, and I could be...
Earth-shattering. Life-changing. Breath-taking (in the worst way possible). At just 24 years old I heard the words, "You have breast cancer." It was a moment in my life that I will never forget. After a mastectomy, months of chemotherapy, 30+...
It wasn't until after my first baby was born that I heard of a 'physiologic birth'. I came to understand this birth process through hypnobirthing. It seems to me that education for women about the natural process of physiologic...

Therapy and Me

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I never thought I would need therapy for anxiety and depression, and although I never received an official diagnosis, all the signs were there. I felt overwhelmed, overstimulated, a sense of dread and despair, and I was terrified of being...
To start World Breastfeeding Week, I wanted to share my breastfeeding journey over the course of three pregnancies that gave me four precious children. There are many factors that make breastfeeding more or less challenging, and everyone needs to...
Going into my second pregnancy, I knew that postpartum mental health was a strong possibility for me during the fourth trimester. Having my first was a shock to every system, and the struggles we faced took me to dark...
My daughter’s birth in February 2022 brought about a few surprising experiences. I was unprepared to face them. In fact, they scared me a little ... caught me off guard. They gave me anxiety and honestly sometimes still do....
At the hospital, after delivering, with nipples too cracked to latch You may begin your pumping journey. Make sure the flanges match! At home with a screaming newborn with a belly to fill up You plug in your electric pump; now grab...

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The Best Ice Cream Shops in Central Mass

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We asked the Central Mass Mom community for their favorite ice cream shops in Central Mass, and boy did they give us a great...