What Should I Consider When Making a Birth Plan?

What Should I Consider When Making a Birth Plan?
Having a birth plan is a growing desire for pregnant women. First introduced in the 1980s due to increased medical births, birth plans have been a source for many women to relay their preferences during and around the time of childbirth. If you choose to have a written plan in place, take some time in the weeks before your baby arrives to decide what's important to you in your birthing experience. Below I will share different kinds of birthing pl...
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How to Prepare Your Marriage for a New Baby

How to Prepare Your Marriage for a New Baby
Welcoming a new baby can be an exciting time for a couple. From putting together a nursery, buying baby clothes, and picking out a name, there's a lot to look forward to! For married couples expecting a new baby, there are certain safeguards that can be put in place to prevent a marriage from falling apart. Plan Date Nights Before your new baby arrives, take the time to plan out date nights with your spouse. These can be scheduled as frequently a...
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Postpartum Depression in Men: Helping Dads Cope

Postpartum Depression in Men: Helping Dads Cope
Most of us have heard of postpartum depression in women, but did you know it can also affect fathers?! Figures vary depending on the source, but it's estimated that for every two women that have postpartum depression, one man will have PPPD (paternal postpartum depression), and approximately 25% of new fathers (though only 10% of cases are reported) will develop PPPD. Most cases of paternal postpartum depression get missed because (1) postpartum ...
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Desiring and Preparing for Pregnancy

Desiring and Preparing for Pregnancy
As a desiring future mother myself, I often wonder if I am preparing in the right way for this transition into pregnancy. When should I see my doctor? What foods should I eat/avoid? What vitamins should I be taking? When should I be concerned I am not pregnant? If you find yourself asking similar questions, I hope that together we can explore these uncertainties and find some useful answers. Make a List of Goals It is easy to feel bombarded with ...
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Tell Your Story! 3 Ways to share Help Me Grow Utah

Tell Your Story! 3 Ways to share Help Me Grow Utah
A surprisingly common question we get here at Help Me Grow Utah is "Can I tell my friend about this program?" Our answer is always "Yes! Please do!" While we love that most parents feel like Help Me Grow Utah is just for them, we want all parents in Utah to know they can feel that way too! Help Me Grow Utah envisions a vibrant community in which all families have the desire, resources, and confidence to make the best decisions during pregnancy an...
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A Parent's Experience with Help Me Grow Utah

A Parent's Experience with Help Me Grow Utah
  Being with Help Me Grow has been one of the most rewarding experiences. I have worked with Help Me Grow for nearly 2.5 years, and I have learned so much from all of my coworkers and the parents I've talked to. As I reflect on all of the things I have done with regards to this job, I hope that I have helped make a difference in the lives of the parents and families that I've worked with. One of the mothers that I've worked with for over 2 y...
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Top 10 Surprising Pregnancy Symptoms

Top 10 Surprising Pregnancy Symptoms
Everyone knows you can expect morning sickness and strange cravings when you're pregnant. But what about some lesser-known symptoms that might take you by surprise? Every person's body and pregnancy is different, so you may or may not experience any of these symptoms and still be having a normal healthy pregnancy, but here are some things I experienced that surprised me! ‚Äč Having to pee all the time Even as early as the third week of pregnancy, I...
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My Postpartum Story

My Postpartum Story
When my son was three months old, a woman at my childhood church looked lovingly at me and said, "Isn't it just wonderful? Could you ever even imagine loving anything or anyone as much as you love him?" I cannot remember how I responded to her question, or if I even did. Inside I thought, "Well, I actually can. Because, I do not love him." Her comment, made in kindness, absolutely tore me into pieces. I was on a therapist prescribed vacation, see...
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How to Talk to Your Child about Adoption

How to Talk to Your Child about Adoption
 Adoption is a topic close to my heart because my husband was adopted. I have learned from him the wonders of adoption, but also the hard topics and situations that may arise due to having a child come into your family in such a way. Adoption can be a hard topic for families to talk about with their child. However, feelings about being adopted can influence a child's sense of self-worth and esteem. While every family's situation is different...
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10 Do's and Don'ts for Mamas During and After Pregnancy

10 Do's and Don'ts for Mamas During and After Pregnancy
Most of you reading this blog may have already had a baby or you are currently pregnant. Maybe this is your fourth, but you forgot what it was like and what to focus on. I have three best friends and they all have already had their first baby so I decided to pick their brains. I wanted to know the top things they wish they had done while they were pregnant, or what they would have changed. I wanted to know the things they did that helped them dur...
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