I remember with clarity the first time I attempted to breastfeed my newborn son in a public setting (in actuality, though amidst a group of people, we were still in the privacy and comfort of a good friend’s home.) I was doing my best to make breastfeeding work since I had learned during pregnancy all the benefits of breastfeeding for both myself and my baby. I knew that exclusively breastfeeding would provide my son with antibodies which would help him fight infections and even lower his chances of developing allergies.
Growing up as an only child, there wasn’t much I wanted more than to be (and to have) a sister. My first two years of high school were spent within an all-girl class setting, and as I began to form deep, familial-like bonds with other young women my age, I quickly learned what sisterhood is —and is not— as well as the deep value it can and should hold in a woman’s life.
The dictionary defines sisterhood as “a group of sisters…or an organization of women with a common interest” and “congenial relationship or companionship among women.” Whether your sisters are the ones with whom you share your DNA or simply the friends in your life with whom you share your deepest and truest self, experiencing sisterhood is truly a gift worth celebrating!
So, in case you needed any more, here are eight reasons to value your sisters (biological or otherwise) today and every day of your life.
I recently read a book in which the author talked about how often we as women live our day to day lives in “survival mode” without even realizing it. Whether it’s the stress of fulfilling responsibilities at work, in school, or within our families (or all of the above), it can sometimes feel as though we spend even our free time exhausted and unsatisfied, constantly reaching for that ever raising bar of perfection set by societal norms and expectations.
The following story is shared as it was written and shared with Birthright and reflects the personal journey of this specific client. Birthright understands that each woman’s circumstance is unique and this story does not directly represent each woman that Birthright strives to serve.
I was terrified when I found out I was pregnant.
Whenever a child is born, the lives of two people are inevitably changed forever as they become parents. Whether married or not, it is important to the development and well-being of a child for his or her parents to maintain a solid parenting relationship founded in mutual respect.
This means making a commitment to keeping your marriage strong if married, or if not married, committing to treating your fellow parent with a respectful and supportive attitude.
It’s no secret that vacations can be stressful – the planning, traveling, and managing of your family’s schedule and budget can leave you feeling stressed and frazzled, making you dream of a week at home. Instead, why not take that week at home instead in the form of a staycation?
Whether you are on a budget or just prefer to relax at home this summer, there are many stress-free staycation ideas you and your family can enjoy.
There is no doubt that motherhood lends innumerable life lessons, whether those lessons are ones we’ve learned from our own mothers, from being mothers ourselves, or from what we’ve experienced of maternal love from the women in our lives.
In celebration of the gift that is motherhood on this day honoring all moms, I thought I’d share ten things motherhood has taught me:
After you discover that you’re pregnant, you may be wondering how to take care of your body and stay healthy – after all, you want to do everything you can to ensure your baby is born as healthy as possible.
And while every woman is different, there are still some general guidelines all should follow.
Spring is for new beginnings; a fresh start; a time for renewal. This is our goal for the moms we work with when they face an unintended pregnancy for the first time. Many encounter those initial “storms” of crisis, but, as Birthright provides hope, help and care to each mom’s specific circumstances and needs, they soon see their ability to weather the storm. They are ready to take on a new role; a new start; a new life.
The importance of social media seems to be growing each day and with each generation. Just think about the last time you left your smart phone at home: most likely, the realization you forgot it left you feeling panicked, or at the very least, uncomfortable. Such a reaction begs the question: how did we ever survive before the existence of this technology? Magnify that by 100,000 for teenagers. For teens, the iPhone or Android smart phone is like a special new part of who they are. Try to take one away or deny access and watch the chaos unfold!