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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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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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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 …

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