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“First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the baby in the baby carriage!” This simple rhyme I sang as a child made life, love, and motherhood seem as certain as the rising and setting sun. I carried this idea...
Disclaimer: The primary purpose of this piece is to make you laugh and hopefully relate to an incredibly embarrassing situation. Unfortunately, the story revolves around cancer. Please understand that Birmingham Mom Collective and the author do not...
There are things about being a parent that I had no idea I would feel so strongly about. Breastfeeding my babies is one of them.  With my first daughter, I read as much as I could about breastfeeding but assumed...
The UAB Comprehensive Addiction in Pregnancy Program (CAPP) offers a safe place for pregnant and postpartum women suffering from substance use. Women participating in CAPP can experience recovery through comprehensive peer-supported, multi-disciplinary care. CAPP’s group prenatal care includes obstetric addiction...
My relationship with my postpartum body has a less than stellar track record. For years, I have longed to have my pre-pregnancy figure back (you know, the one that I used to think was fat).  My negative feelings toward my...
While pregnancy often includes crazy food cravings, heartburn, and swollen ankles, there's one bodily change not often discussed: pregnancy skin and how to care for it. Some women experience that glorious pregnant glow, and suddenly the acne they endured for...
I realize the last post you read of mine here on Birmingham Mom Collective detailed my journey and reflections with secondary infertility. I finally got pregnant with baby number two, and here we are -- pregnant in a global...
Everything Was Going to be Great I had a definite idea of how it would be when my first baby arrived. I knew I would be fine, the baby would be fine, my marriage would be fine -- everything was...
Yesterday, I shared my personal story of how my life has been marked by infertility and pregnancy loss. In the years since I went through it myself, several people have reached out when they find themselves going through a...
Disclaimer: I know infertility, miscarriage, and preterm loss are heavy and personal topics. I cannot speak for anyone else going through this, and I know some of what I write may be triggering for some. However, I believe it...

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