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Stress and Fertility: Professor Greg Anderson Gives Us The Lowdown

We’ve heard it a million times before, from well-intentioned friends and family members to complete strangers on the internet: stress isn’t great when trying to conceive. We get it. Stress is a big no no. But also, kind of unavoidable right now (hello, pandemic). So how much of this is myth or fact?  Luckily for …

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My Journey to Expectful

My journey to Expectful started when I was pregnant with my son, Everett. After sailing through my first trimester, I was told at my 20-week ultrasound that I was high-risk for preterm labor and that if I wasn’t careful, my baby could be born at any time. After leaving that appointment and for the rest …

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Learning to Trust my Body During Pregnancy

Have you ever felt feelings of despair and loneliness?  If yes, I can relate.  Before getting pregnant with my daughter Nyla, I expected my pregnancy to be easy: a time of joy and excitement. But my experience wasn’t that straight-forward. Towards the end of my second trimester, doctors were concerned that my baby wasn’t growing …

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Papas-to-Be: Preparing for A Newborn 

In this turbulent era, life can feel overwhelming. At Expectful, we do our best to support users in tough moments and celebrate them in happy ones. Luckily, June brings us two such reasons to celebrate— Father’s Day and Pride Month!  This Father’s Day, we had the great pleasure of sitting down with two fathers-to- be: …

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Birth Equity Resource Center – Fertility, Pregnancy, & Parenthood

As a company, it is our mission to bring calm and confidence into the world, from the moment that life begins. Yet in this world, it is all too evident that the lives of Black, Indigenous, and people of color are not treated with equal reverence and respect. That many people are denied their fundamental …

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Emotional Wellbeing During Pregnancy

As a birth and postpartum doula, I work with women and families during one of life’s most exhilarating and vulnerable journeys. With in-person support limited as precaution during the COVID-19 pandemic, my clients and I have focused on educational and informational support, and creating emotional wellbeing during pregnancy to process the ups and downs of …

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Finding Peace When Pregnant During Challenging Times

Our team has been so encouraged by the beautiful and honest stories you have openly shared with us about finding peace when pregnant over the past few weeks. As a new mother, I have found myself grappling with several emotions as my family navigates our new normal. It is with these times of uncertainty that …

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Letter from a Doula on Birth During COVID-19

I am a doula living and supporting families in New York City during the COVID-19 pandemic.  Inspired by the people in my life, I’ve written a letter to new and expecting mothers around the world giving birth during the COVID-19 pandemic.    Dear Mama,  Your path towards parenthood has veered wildly off course. Each cancelled …

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