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

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


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


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.



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Holiday Gifts for Mom: Envie de Fraises

I remember when I was pregnant I dreaded shopping for maternity clothes. We have very few local stores that carry any and most were frumpy and ugly. I ended up wearing larger sizes of a lot of non-maternity clothes or shopping online just TRYING to find something cute. The same goes for nursing clothes… when you’re breastfeeding, your daily wardrobe needs to be thought out. Can I easily nurse in this? What if I’m out in public? And stylish nursing clothes were also impossible to find. So when Envie de Fraises offered to send

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Loving Moments by Leading Lady: maternity to nursing (giveaway)

You’ve seen me talking about Leading Lady and Loving Moments by Leading Lady on my blog before, I hope, because they’re some of my favorites! They have great nursing wear and are truly supportive of breastfeeding moms, offering resources on their website and connecting through social media. So I’m happy to share the news with you: the Loving Moments nursing collection we already know and love has expanded to include Maternity Essentials! Now you’re covered from Read More…

Improving Birth’s National Rally for Change

On Monday, September 3rd, 2012–Labor Day–Improving Birth hosted a nationwide Rally for Change. The goal? To raise awareness about the unnecessarily high cesarean and induction rates, promote informed consent and birth options, and rally for evidence based care. Birth matters, birth is safe, and we can do better.

The rallies were held in every state, in over 100 cities, with nearly 10,000 total people in attendance. Our rally itself had about 80 people. There were several in IL, which is wonderful–our state is in desperate need

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CUTE maternity clothes

Wait, what? CUTE maternity clothes? That exists? Rarely. You really have to search for it, in my experience from my last two pregnancies. Granted, it can be hard to feel cute in anything when you think you’re as big as a house, haha. Then I found Seraphine maternity clothes. And I’m really disappointed I didn’t find them early on this last pregnancy because… their stuff is CUTE! I love looking at pictures of pregnant women in super cute and belly-flattering outfits. And I always say to myself – ya know, the next time I’m

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How to make a pregnant skeleton costume for Halloween

Pregnant Skeleton Costume

A long time ago my friend Kristin emailed me a Halloween costume idea and I fell in love. It was a homemade pregnant skeleton costume–complete with a skeleton baby–and a matching set for the dad with whatever he loves in his belly! I was dead set on making these for us and with Halloween still months away, I thought I had PLENTY of time even though we were closing on a new house on Halloween.

I was

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wordless wednesday: the US maternal health care crisis