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COVID-19 Resource Center – Fertility, Pregnancy, & Parenthood

Dear friend, If you’re here, you may be looking for support through these turbulent times. Many hopeful, soon-to-be or new parents are facing unexpected questions about what it will look like to give birth in, and bring life into, a world changed by the COVID-19 pandemic. Our promise to you is to serve as a …


One Woman’s Vulnerable Feelings About Family Planning During COVID-19

At Expectful, we have been inspired by the beautiful stories you have bravely shared with us over the last few weeks. During times of uncertainty, families preparing to conceive are balancing a myriad of emotions as they navigate the unknown.  To bring more light to our most vulnerable feelings, we are sharing the story of …


How IVF & A High-Risk Twin Pregnancy Made Me A More Resilient Mom

Infertility, IVF, a high-risk twin pregnancy, preterm labor, hospital bed rest, a vaginal birth turned emergency c-section, and a terrifying postpartum hemorrhage—that’s what it took for me to become a mom. Writing those words down is surreal and almost makes it feel like it happened to someone else. It is both a distant memory and …


A Home Birth Story

One of my first challenges as a mother was going back to work. The process of hiring a babysitter was terrifying. I never wanted an employee in my home, I wanted someone who felt like an extension of the family and would shower my baby Kiran with as much love as I do. Enter the …


My Fertility and IVF Journey

My fertility journey has been rough. Part of me longs for the “normal” journey to baby that I’ve heard so many women go through, but the deeper I get into this world of IVF, infertility, and now pregnancy, I fully realize there is no “normal.” My fertility story began at the age of 36. I …


IVF: Everything You Need to Know

Every day, new parents like you share their experiences using Expectful while TTC. More and more, we’ve been hearing from moms who have conceived using IVF and hopeful parents who are considering or starting fertility treatments. Information about fertility science can empower you, no matter where you are in your TTC journey. To better understand …


Returning to Work As A New Mom: The Fifth Trimester

I ordered a jumbo-size box of Huggies while waiting on an elevator at work. It was 6:15 in the morning. I had used the last diaper in a massive four am diaper blowout two hours prior.  I leaned my head against the wall and closed my eyes as I ran through the never-ending to-do list …


My 20-Week Ultrasound: Finding Patience and Presence

I was in a downward dog yoga pose wiggling back and forth, trying to shift the position of my daughter Macklyn in utero. She was being stubborn, refusing to cooperate, making it seemingly impossible to see her on the monitor in front of us. It was my 20-week anatomy scan. A doctor and nurse had …

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