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Why Every Mom Should Get Their Babies Vaccinated

Each year in April, the CDC partners with health professionals, community leaders, and parents to promote vaccination, improve health of children ages two and under, and encourage greater access to life-saving vaccines through National Infant Immunization Week. Unfortunately, vaccines have become controversial among many parents. This is largely due to a now-discredited report from a doctor who […]

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Why I Walk for March for Babies

Jennifer’s story is brought to you by the March for Babies, sponsored by the March of Dimes.Growing up, I had heard of March of Dimes and my family always contributed when the envelope with the dime arrived in the mail. Little did I know that in 2011, my life would change in a way that put […]

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I’ll Always Want Another Baby, But I Don’t Want More Kids!

This weekend, I cleaned out my twins’ closet. My son is giant, 20 pounds at eight months, and pretty much skipped straight from six-month clothes to 12-month clothes. I missed a box, stored under the bed, of hand-me-downs that he had already outgrown, and there were things in the closet I knew didn’t fit him anymore. […]

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#WDSD17: Myths and Truths About Down Syndrome

I’m a mom in her thirties, and in the time I’ve been alive, incredible advancements have been made for people with Down syndrome. When I was born, in the 1980s, people with Down syndrome had a life expectancy of around 28 years old. When I was going to school, I never once encountered a single […]

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Pregnancy

I’m Done Having Kids, Hallelujah

“We’re done having babies,” I said through gritted teeth the moment I felt that first wave of morning sickness. “I know, I know,” my husband said almost guiltily as if he had forced me into having this third kid. “This is awful,” I lamented and the worst part was I knew it wasn’t going to […]

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Wolfson Children's Hospital

Watch Your Hearts, Mommies!

This post is brought to you by Wolfson Children’s Hospital.Little red hats prompt area mothers to be mindful of their own heart health You’ve probably heard that heart disease is the number-one killer among Americans, but did you know that about 80 percent of heart disease deaths could be prevented each year? That’s why it’s […]

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Meet mumda: Jacksonville’s Premiere Prenatal & Postpartum Support for Women

This post is brought to you by the prenatal and postpartum experts at mumda. Giving birth and the oftentimes stressful period of postpartum afterward doesn’t have to be filled with uncertainty, anxiety and sheer terror — especially for first-time moms. Enter the birth specialists at Jacksonville’s mumda: A group of trained women whose mission is […]

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Co-Sleeping: My Secret Addiction

Co-sleeping is like the boyfriend I just cannot break up with. I try to leave him, but after about a month he’s back. I make excuses for him and have stopped telling my friends we’re back together. Like many moms, co-sleeping is my dirty little secret. Well, unless you’re a fellow co-sleeper. It began as […]

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