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  “There is a secret in our culture, And it’s not that childbirth is painful, It’s that women are strong,”  ~ Laurie Stavoe Harm While this is a great and true statement, there is a bigger secret that many women are hiding under their love for their new babies : birth trauma. While this can refer to a physical injury sustained during birth, I’m talking about the psychological wounds a woman can experience after a difficult birth experience. A healthy baby and healthy mama are...

There’s a little slice of paradise the exists within the walls of my home.  It’s not known about by the others who live here… it’s existence is disguised as an ordinary bathroom. Not very large but cozy and cute (it has a beachy-theme going on), it appears to be a simple place of pottying, bathing, teeth-brushing and handwashing.  It’s usually visited in groups…no one really gets much alone time in our bathroom.  But, as is the usual case, there’s an exception to every rule.

“With the hopes that I’ll one day look back at this notebook and realize how far I’ve come, I’m going to attempt to write about my eating disorder.”  I felt chills as I read the words I wrote in a composition book in July 2002. It is now about eleven and a half years later and I am doing just that–revisiting a couple of old journals from some dark times in the depths of my eating disorder to prepare to write about where I am now. It’s amazing how you can be transported back in time...

  I had once been one of “those moms,” baking whole wheat muffins and serving 100% organic juice in reusable BPA free cups for the playgroup I hosted in my simple yet way too proud of home. In my former life, I practiced yoga, shopped organic and drove a decent car. My life was full of family and friends, party invites on the fridge and fear. Always, fear. From the outside looking in, it was way past perfect. Fast forward, blip, blip, blip, whir. After separations, shared...

    Decision When Maya was born, I was finishing my 17th year of teaching, held two degrees and a National Board Certification in my field. I had spent my professional life encouraging kids to believe in themselves, fostering creativity and critical thinking and creating caring communities in my classroom. Being a mother was not something I'd considered seriously; I loved what I did and wanted to do it well.

Photo: Ivette Ivens Photography   10. Wear Maxi Dresses In the warm (sweltering–if you live in Texas) summer months, what better way to keep your style low key and effortlessly chic, with a flowy maxi dress. Both fashionable and stylish, no leg shaving is required! The longer the better to cover un-manicured toes too. Not to mention when the self-tanning goes awry, call in your maxi dress for full coverage.  For many mothers, myself included, showering is a lost art. Finding time...

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