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Babies and Pregnancy

Gratitude empowers 15-year-old wrestler to find perseverance to walk again

by Leah Speer posted in Mom Stories #HunterStrong It’s a hashtag that is bringing the country together in support of a high school freshman who suffered a spinal injury during a wrestling match last Saturday. Within minutes of hearing the news, a fellow Alpha Omicron Pi sorority sister used Facebook to reach out to dozens… […]

Baby laundry 101: 5 tips for washing baby clothes

by Jennifer Borget posted in Tips & Tricks This post is part of a sponsorship with Dreft. For more baby clothing tips check out the dos and don’ts of newborn clothing. I’m amazed at how many baby clothes we’ve accumulated and how quickly my kids grow out of them. When I buy new outfits I picture… […]

My daughter scored…for the other team

by Laurie Gelman posted in Mom Stories This is one of those mom moments that nothing can prepare you for. My oldest was playing in her first competitive middle school basketball game. They were up by 3 points with 2 minutes left in the game. My girl went up for a rebound, came down with… […]


How Many Calories To Eat While Breastfeeding

Cole slept nearly 12 hours straight last night. He is exclusively breastfed. I have several clients in my boot camp program right now who are breastfeeding. I am exclusively breastfeeding Cole as well. I feel very blessed to be able to breastfeed, and I am thankful for the opportunity to work with clients who are […]

Home For The Holidays

Baby Cole helped me put up the Christmas tree lights. We are in our new home!!! Brandon and I signed all of the important papers yesterday morning and got a shiny set of new house keys. We quickly moved all of our belongings into the house and are already making the house feel like our […]

There Is Such A Thing As Being Too Skinny

If you are one of the special women who has a problem gaining weight, this problem may affect you. The problem is that the majority of robust people don’t see a problem for their underweight counterparts. Society believes so whole heartedly that skinny is better that they seemingly dismiss any health problems associated with a […]

Healthy Eating

Should You Stop Taking Your Omega-3 Supplement?

What if you turned on the news and heard that the world was flat? And, to support that bold claim, the news anchor shared the results of one study. Would you believe it at first pass? While this example may seem far-fetched, something similar happened recently in the nutrition world: a new research review proposing […]

7-Day Dinner Plan to Eat for a Week and Hardly Cook at All

Sometimes it’s not easy to motivate yourself to cook on a weeknight. You’re tired from working all day or maybe your kid’s soccer practice ran late. You feel rushed while you’re cooking, rushed while you eat, and then of course there’s the cleanup. You could go out to a restaurant, but that gets pricy. Plus […]

Which is healthier: chocolate fudge or chocolate bark?

When I’m invited to someone’s house for dinner, I never show up empty-handed. Call me Southern (which is a compliment!) but I think bringing a little offering says, “Thank you so much for inviting me over and serving me food.” I used to bring a bottle or wine or flowers, but recently I’ve been whipping […]

Parenting Tips

Free maternity services in Kenya: Do they include respectful maternity care?

Guest post by Nora Miller, Research Assistant for the Respectful Maternity Care program at the Women and Health Initiative at the Harvard School of Public Health. Unlike many of its neighboring countries, where progress has been made toward the MDG 5 target of increasing the proportion of births with a skilled birth attendant (SBA), Kenya […]

True documentation of the human cost a maternal death (Tanzania)

Disney movies often spring from the tragedy of a maternal death– think Cinderella, Snow White, Bambi, the Fox & the Hound, Finding Nemo, Beauty & the Beast and on it goes. We know that not only is the premature death of any woman is a tragedy, but that obviously there are effects for at least […]

The Limits of Palliative Cancer Care in Guatemala

As cancer rates increase around the world, so does the need for palliative care in low- and middle-income countries.  The world’s poorest cancer patients tend to come to medical attention at advanced stages, when pain management represents the only therapeutic option.  The WHO advocates the development of palliative care programs in poor countries, describing that […]