Mental Health

Pregnant Curious, Now What?

Pregnant Curious, Now What?

Maybe you are feeling new feelings when your period arrives, or are in deep conversation with a partner, parents or fielding questions from people at work. Perhaps you’ve never imagined your life with kids – and are experiencing a worry of regret if you don’t. We call this phase Pregnant Curious.

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One and Done? I Want to Give My Son A Sibling But I Have PPD PTSD

One and Done? I Want to Give My Son A Sibling But I Have PPD PTSD

I had my first baby in the peak of the pandemic. Baby showers were canceled, prenatal classes moved to Zoom. Instead of rubbing my belly while contemplating my future as a mother to a beautiful boy, I was panic buying Lysol and masks, worrying my partner might not be allowed in the delivery room when I gave birth.

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Postpartum Insomnia: When Counting Sheep Just Isn’t Enough

Postpartum Insomnia: When Counting Sheep Just Isn’t Enough

When my kiddo started sleeping through the night, I stopped sleeping. After 6 months of losing sleep due to the usual — night feeds, diaper changes, comfort cuddles — we decided to do some version of sleep training. It was successful, although tortuous for me (I’m not a cry-it-out kinda gal) and finally we were able to see 5 – 7 hour stretches of sleep for everyone in the house. Then… I developed Postpartum Insomnia. I’d sleep maybe 3 hours a night (this went on for months), even when I had the opportunity to sleep.

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The Rhythm of Life in the 4th Trimester

The Rhythm of Life in the 4th Trimester

Bringing a newborn into the world is an awe-inspiring experience, filled with joy, wonder, and most often, a life changing transition into parenthood (cue a learning curve like no other, and a few other twists and turns). As parents, we eagerly await the arrival of our little ones, preparing for the adventure that lies ahead. But amidst the excitement, there is also a period of adjustment, both for the baby and for us.

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Mental Health During the Postpartum Period

Mental Health During the Postpartum Period

Giving birth to a child is one of the most physically and emotionally challenging experiences a person can go through. The period after giving birth, known as the postpartum period or the 4th Trimester, can be both overwhelming and rewarding. As a new parent, taking care of your baby can take up most of your time and energy, but it is also important to prioritize your own mental health and support during this time.

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Is Sleep Training Worth It?

Is Sleep Training Worth It?

At Brood, we believe that parent’s know best — for their babies, families and themselves. This includes how parents and their babies sleep for the duration of the parenting relationship. For some parents this includes sleep training, co-sleeping, night nurses, sleeping in shifts and much more! Sleep arrangements tend to shift based on your own needs and your babies’ ability — this blog post outlines some of the ways this can look, while using sleep training as a tool.

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Intimacy and the Transition to Parenthood

Intimacy and the Transition to Parenthood

Sexual health is an integral part of our physical, mental, emotional, and social health. It’s about pleasure, identity, and intimacy. It’s always influenced by gender norms, expectations, and power dynamics and it changes and evolves throughout our lifetime.

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5 Reasons To Hire a Doula

5 Reasons To Hire a Doula

You may have heard this word swirling around your OB or Midwive’s office, dotting your friend’s birth story or on your social feeds, and it may have you going “Doula-what?”, “Doula-who?”. Before reading ahead, make sure you peek at this blog post to get all of your questions answered on what the heck a doula is! Now that you know what we are all about, let me break down some of the ways doulas can support you and your family.

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