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Answers From an Expert :: Everything You Need to Know About Cord Blood Registry

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My name is Erica and I am a wife, a mom, and a Cord Blood Registry (or Cbr® for short) educator! I live in Charleston but travel all over South Carolina and North Carolina...

Closing The Door On A Parent

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When I was younger, I remember never getting along with my biological father. I can remember asking - practically begging - my mom when they would get divorced because even as a child I...

Mama Gone Wild

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If you’re like me, you saw the article circulating on social media a while back about the benefits of moms going on vacations by themselves, and rolled your eyes. Sure, it sounded great, but who...

Why Is Breastfeeding So Difficult?

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I have anxiety. Maybe a lot. Well, enough to make me exercise every day and medicate from time to time. But, the more I ask around, I realize I am like most middle-class women, struggling...

The Seven Year Itch

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This month my husband and I will be celebrating our seventh wedding anniversary. Unlike the last three anniversaries, thanks to the military, we will actually be in the same time zone to...

Why I Let My Kids Have a Play Date During a Pandemic

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A couple of weeks ago my family was relaxing at home, as we have been every day since March. I was working, my children were playing, and my husband was working on a new...

My Journey Through Postpartum Anxiety and Depression

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Before I was pregnant, I heard of postpartum anxiety and depression (PPA/PPD), but I never thought they would effect me. I had never had mental issues like that. However, my daughter's birth came in a...

Am I Still Pro-Life?

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I grew up as the poster child for the evangelical pro-life movement. From infancy, my mom brought me to our local Crisis Pregnancy Center as she volunteered or brought in donations. From the time...

When You Find Yourself in the Midst of a Mid-Life Crisis

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When I was in college I felt like the world was my oyster. I had my whole life planned. I’d graduate, move to the big city to start my (successful) career. Then, in a...

Learning to Be Still :: Practicing Mindfulness as a Family

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Last week I was sitting on my screened-porch with my laptop in front of me, looking at the faces of my colleagues -- the middle school faculty at Heathwood Hall -- on Google Meet...

Dear Body… I Owe You an Apology

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Dear Body - You are magnificent in your strength, endurance, and resilience. You allow me to engage, experience, and grow more than most. To be honest, I owe you an apology. It seems I’ve often been critical of...

Play Outdoors for Health and Success

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Finally, it is cold enough for a fire in the hearth, a pot of soup on the stove and long winter naps. Fall through the winter holidays is my favorite time of year for...

Frozen 2 :: Deep Emotions That Hit Home for Mom

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As I sat in the movie theater with my daughter, who’s about to turn 6, on one side of me and my son, who’s almost 4, on the other side; I was overwhelmed with...

Developing Gratitude in Your Kids

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We all have some reason to be grateful. Yet how do we become people of gratitude and how important is it that our children learn to feel grateful? Research at the Greater Good Science Center...