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Should You Bank Your Cord Blood?

Should You Bank Your Cord Blood?

Four years ago, my husband and I learned we were expecting! Finally. After trying for years to conceive, my first thought was, “We are NOT ready for this.” So, like most first time mothers, I started researching. My best friend bought me the book Expecting 411. She warned me that some of the other pregnancy(…)

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The Demise of the BFF

The Demise of the BFF

I don’t know exactly how long the term BFF (you know, Best Friends Forever) has been a part of the American lexicon, but I do remember thinking in high school, after seeing a couple of girls proudly sporting BFF necklaces, “That’s ridiculous!” No one is guaranteed to be best friends forever. Even 20 years ago,(…)

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Helping Kids (and Parents!) Navigate the Internet & Social Media

Helping Kids (and Parents!) Navigate the Internet & Social Media

Why do you always have to be on your cell phone? No more gaming for today! I’ll let you know when you can get on Facebook! Do these statements sound familiar? Conflicts between parents and kids related to the internet and social media can be an everyday occurrence in most households. How can we cope?(…)

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The Great Diaper Drive is Back to Help Local Babies

The Great Diaper Drive is Back to Help Local Babies

Imagine for a second that your family is struggling financially. This may not be such a stretch for many readers but when I say struggling, I mean REALLY struggling. As in, you can’t pay all the bills and still buy food struggling. So you reach out for help because it’s not just you, you’ve got little ones who are struggling with you and you’re not so proud that you’re going to cause them to be hungry. But that help only goes so far and one very important item it doesn’t cover is diapers. Diapers may seem like a very necessary item to our readers but they are not covered by most social service programs and because of that many families in our community are struggling to keep their babies in clean diapers.

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