Remember the Mothers: US maternal deaths & the Safe Motherhood Quilt Project

Did you know that the United States ranks 60th in global maternal health?

WE CAN DO BETTER.

Did you know that every 2 minutes a woman loses her life in pregnancy and childbirth?

WE CAN DO BETTER.

The CDC estimates that our actual maternal death rate is 1.3 times HIGHER than what’s reported in statistics because of underreporting. Reporting maternal deaths is on the honor system. There are no penalties for misreporting or failing to report maternal deaths. Too many go unnoticed. Those poor mothers and their families.

WE CAN DO BETTER.

The CDC

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The Stork: at-home natural fertility treatment to aid in conception

This post about a natural fertility treatment was written in a partnership with The Stork and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own.

We’ve been very fortunate to not have fertility issues of our own and I can’t even begin to imagine what that is like. I have only seen friends go through it and have seen how heartbreaking it can be. We aren’t positive we’re done having kids and I want to share this new product with you because I think it’s a fantastic idea that I’d want to try myself if we

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Baby Registry Tips: do you need all that stuff?

~Written in partnership with Walmart.com. All opinions are my own!

Creating a baby registry is sooooo much fun, but also soooo overwhelming. I remember walking into the store the first time with my husband to create our registry. Rows and rows of products, 5 (or 30!) different types of the same thing, what do we REALLY need and what can we do without? I had read about products but still felt unprepared! We asked for help, then we went home and changed the baby

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FertaMax: fertility multivitamins to maximize your chances (giveaway)

~Written in a partnership with FertaMax. Any opinions are my own.

I know how extremely lucky we have been to get pregnant right away with both of our children. I do not have personal experience with infertility issues or loss and for that I am very thankful. I do, however, know many people in my life that have struggled with it. It brings disappointment, frustration, feelings of failure, it tests your patience, and puts you on a roller coaster of emotions. I have seen loss and infertility and my heart truly goes out to

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Oh my, Mother Tucker!

~Product was received to facilitate this review of the Mother Tucker tank by Belly Bandit. All opinions are my own!

I have been eyeing Belly Bandit for years. I don’t think I knew about them until well after Ryan was born and since Rebecca has been born their collection has grown to include so much more–plenty of items for before, during, and after pregnancy! There’s legwear and tank tops, shapewear and maternity wear, and tops for nursing.

Have you heard about the Mother Tucker line? It’s as awesome as it sounds… “Don’t nip it

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Birth with Balance: share your birth story

I was recently contacted by Chelsea from the website Birth with Balance. She has created a forum and a community for birth stories and she shared both of mine–the coerced cesarean in the hospital and the VBAC homebirth. I love what she’s doing (she’s also due any moment now with her homebirth baby!) and wanted to share this resource with all of you… this is a guest post written by Chelsea, so check it out!

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As a labor and delivery nurse I am truly passionate about the process of childbirth. Though

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What is Cord Blood Banking?

I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for the Cord Blood Registry. I received a promotional item to thank me for my participation.

I was aware of cord blood banking when I had my children, but it definitely wasn’t something talked about often and certainly not something my doctor ever brought up. It seemed “new” (4 years ago), expensive, and unknown. Today? I regret not banking their cord blood. I wish I had looked into it more and I wish there had been more information given to me.

So I’m

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