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Why a Support Village Matters

Asking for help can be tough, and sometimes, it feels easier to try and manage things yourself. But, as any mother will tell you, it takes a village. Support not only offers you space to be happier and healthier, but real, data-backed physical and mental advantages, like easier childbirth and a quicker recovery.
Cassie Shortsleeve
Cassie Shortsleeve


Cassie Shortsleeve is a journalist, a perinatal health coach, and the founder of Dear Sunday, a digital platform for every stage of motherhood, from trying to conceive through toddlerhood. She's a regular contributor to Parents, What to Expect, Shape, and other national publications and is passionate about changing the way we talk about and prepare for matrescence. She is a mom to two daughters, Sunday and Fiona.
Chapter 1

How to Build a Support System