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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...
An Infertility Mama's Lament I am convinced that one of the most confusing and contradicting positions in life is that of secondary infertility. I’ve already walked this road. We fought through infertility years ago, and I became pregnant with our...
I love teaching math. It is arguably my favorite subject to teach. I love the daily counting that is sometimes monotonous, and I live for the moment the little light bulbs go off in their precious minds. There are, however,...

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10 Must-See Murals Around Birmingham

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Birmingham is full of life and color, and the murals around our fair city bring so much light and love to it's buildings. Ever...