Name: Dana Child: Boy, 2 years old Place of birth: St.Mary’s Mercy Health / Downtown Grand Rapids What were your reasons for hiring a doula? My husband and I are the first “kids” in our families to have a baby, and among the first of our friends to have kids as well. We wanted a…

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When did you have your C-section? March 2017 Was it planned or unexpected? A little bit of both! I was planning on a natural vaginal delivery but discovered at my 38 week appointment that my baby was breech. My OB scheduled an ultrasound to see if I would be a candidate for an external version.…

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Before I had my baby son, Aadil, now four-months old, Sunday mornings looked very different. I eagerly looked forward to receiving and opening up my Sunday newspaper. I would spread out the paper on our dining room table and comb through each section leisurely, with my cup of chai close by. As a journalist, reading…

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Are you feeling overwhelmed thinking about how you’ll cook, clean and care yourself while caring for your newborn baby around the clock? Chances are, you’ll need some help with those everyday tasks that you normally do on your own. A little planning during pregnancy can go a long way to feeling peaceful and happy during…

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My name is Jen. I’m a work-from-home mom. I work part-time doing proofreading and grant writing for local non-profits. I also do some shopping for Shipt in my “free time.” I have a daughter, Hannah, who is 17 months old. When my husband and I decided it was time to try and grow our family,…

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As a mom, wife and a business owner,  I wear many hats. It took me a few years to not only understand the importance of self care, but to figure out what self care was to me and how it makes a difference in my everyday life. My name is Kymber Heinze, mom to three littles…

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