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The Birth of a Mother

New York Times Article

Two babies in bunny suits
Two babies in bunny suits

For most women, pregnancy and new motherhood is a joy - at least some of the time. But most mothers also experience worry, disappointment, guilt, competition, frustration, and even anger and fear.

As the psychiatrist Daniel Stern explained in the 1990s in his books "The Motherhood Constellation" and "The Birth of a Mother," giving birth to a new identity can be as demanding as giving birth to a baby.

Dr. Stern showed that becoming a mother is an identity shift, and one of the most significant physical and psychological changes a woman will ever experience.

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10 Personalities Of Dad's At Birth

Lauren McClain

A man happy about being a father
A man happy about being a father

Just like women, men all have their own ways of being present for a birth. They have varying comfort levels with the process, which, though we all have to push our comfort zones in birth, should be respected. Here are the 10 birth personalities of dads. Most guys will fill more than one role during a birth.

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My hands are for comforting you

Jen LeClair

Jen LeClair and her daughter
Jen LeClair and her daughter

My hands are for comforting you 

They know how.
They will dim the lights,
Start some music, if you like. They will guide you

They will hold you up
And bring a cold cloth to your forehead
Offer cool water and sustenance;
While fanning you.
They can touch you, gentle
They will rub your back, they know how.
My hands are non-judging
They are for you.
You hold on, you hold them tight,
For as long as you need,
I won't let go!
They will keep you safe,
And you'll know you are loved.

After sweet baby arrives,

When my work is done,
My hands and my arms
Will hug you, and smiling, "You did so great!" 

it is time for me to go. 

So your hands can comfort your sweet babe.

And they'll know how too.


It helps you make more milk.

Lactation cookie recipe
Lactation cookie recipe

Lactation Cookie Recipe To Increase Breast Milk Supply

"No," I told my husband's snickering friend. "These lactation cookies aren't cookies made with breast milk. They're cookies formulated to boost breast milk." He was still a bit reluctant to try them, though. Which is a shame, because this lactation cookie recipe is so delicious. 

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