Bulging, purple, painful varicose veins have become my everyday reality this pregnancy. Beginning at about fifteen weeks, my body has suffered from those evil, spiderweb veins creeping down my thigh and behind my knee. Even better? They've affected my...
For some, getting pregnant comes without any special skill. No charting, no testing, no pills, needles or third parties required. But for others, 1 in 8 couples of reproductive age, things just aren't so simple.  April 19-25 is National Infertility...
Candles flickered in a thick cloud of incense. The guttural grunts of a pregnant woman in labor could be heard while she danced around the room in a trance. A wild-haired midwife stood nearby holding a canvas bag of...
I recently started weaning my 19-month-old daughter from breastfeeding, and I am so excited. Unlike some moms who seem to mourn the breastfeeding stage, I've been waiting for this time for months. My sweet daughter never took a bottle,...
Thirty Years of Awareness & Action We are now in the 30th year of bringing awareness to the subject of pregnancy & infant loss. The statistics of pregnancy & infant loss are overwhelming. Approximately 25% of pregnancies end in miscarriage; add...
The first six weeks of breastfeeding are undoubtedly the most difficult. Before I had kids, I figured breastfeeding is natural so it couldn't be that hard. I was so wrong. In the first six weeks, you are not only responsible...
For the past five years, I have photographed mothers feeding in public locations as part of the Public Breastfeeding Awareness Project (PBAP), a global photography campaign to erase the stigma around public breastfeeding. I breastfed, and I formula fed...
I have always wanted to be a mother. I played with baby dolls as a child, cared for my little brother as a pre-teen, and was a doting babysitter in my formative years. If I did not birth my...
An Interview with Author & Photographer Natascha Dea It was a rare grey, rainy day in St. Augustine when I phoned Natascha Dea in Chicago. We compared notes on our grey landscapes and she mentioned there was a pregnant bunny...
On February 2, 2015, our family was blessed with the birth of our second child but not in a way that we had planned. Like Any Other Day The day started out like any other day. I dropped our oldest off...

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Learning to Love a Florida Fall

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Leaves falling on the ground, football, apple pie baking, PSL, and Hocus Pocus continuously playing on my tv — all signs that fall is...