Our time is guided by calendars, obligations, and technology. Smartphones keep us connected 24/7 with our emails, social media, obligations, and calendars. Our needs for self-care, healthy food, and exercise have to be put into our busy schedules, with pop-up reminders. Hallmark helps us remember special occasions as we schedule time for friendships, love, and

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I attended a friend’s baby shower in 2007. Guests were seated and served an array of fried appetizers while we anxiously awaited the arrival of the very pregnant mom-to-be. The decor was straight out of a baby magazine: the pink and silver tables were anchored by clusters of ready-to-use formula bottles, the centerpieces were bottle-shaped

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While pregnant, we dream of motherhood: of holding a beautiful baby in our arms, dressing him in tiny clothes, and pampering him with unconditional love. We offer our bodies wholesome foods, hydration, and healthy exercise, and tend to refuse even a Tylenol.  Our bodies work.  A healthy baby grows. Mommies-to-be feel confident and in-charge. For

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We usually prepare for birth: we take classes on relaxation techniques, watch television series with birth stories, and read a myriad of books, magazines, and videos. Breastfeeding is the longest part of the birthing process, yet most of us are unprepared. “Breastfeeding is natural,” think moms-to-be. “Baby, boob, boom.”   Every so often we  hear of a

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