Julianna’s Story- An Adoptee’s Journey

Julianna’s Story- An Adoptee’s Journey

I recently learned that just as quickly as I was born, my life ended for a short period of time.  My birth mother had a traumatic birthing experience, but miraculously, I was given a chance at life as the doctors were able to resuscitate me.  An adoption plan was made prior to my birth, and my birth mother had chosen my adoptive…

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Will My Baby and I Ever Bond?

Will My Baby and I Ever Bond?

Support for new moms from an Align staffer How long does it take for your baby to bond with you? What is bonding like? “Bonding” with a newborn means that the mother develops feelings of unconditional love for her child. Generally, moms bond naturally with their newborn babies. If that hasn’t been your experience so…

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Baby’s First Winter: Practical Tips for New Parents

Baby’s First Winter: Practical Tips for New Parents

Becoming a new parent at any time of the year comes with challenges, and the wintertime is no exception.  While some parents may prefer to cozy up for the cold winter months with their newborn, others may get a little bit stir crazy and want to get out of the house to be around others.  No matter which type of person you are,…

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MY DAUGHTER IS PREGNANT, NOW WHAT? | Unplanned Pregnancy

MY DAUGHTER IS PREGNANT, NOW WHAT? | Unplanned Pregnancy

“My parents are going to kill me.” This is a common reaction from a teen or young adult who has just found out she’s pregnant. Sharing the news of an unplanned pregnancy with parents can be daunting and difficult. Depending upon what your daughter feels your goals and expectations are for her, she may be terrified to…

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Is A Miscarriage the Same as an Abortion?

Is A Miscarriage the Same as an Abortion?

Pregnancy loss is a difficult and traumatic experience.  There are physical, emotional, and mental side effects that a woman may face after losing her baby.  Recent statistics tell us that 10-20% of pregnancies may end with a miscarriage, which is the spontaneous loss of a pregnancy before the 20th week.1 On the other hand,…

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Am I Ready To Be A Parent?

Am I Ready To Be A Parent?

Upon learning of a positive pregnancy test, many first-time parents find themselves asking, “What if I’m not ready?”  But a better question to ask is, “How do I get ready to be a parent?” Stepping into parenthood is life changing.  It comes with many challenges as well as many rewards.  There are sacrifices that…

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