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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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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Mental Health During Pregnancy – It Matters.

Mental Health During Pregnancy – It Matters.

There are many physical changes that your body experiences during pregnancy that are obvious to you and everyone else. These changes, along with various circumstances you may be facing when preparing to welcome a new baby into the world can certainly take a toll on your mental health. Your hormones are ever-changing as well,…

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5 Fun Fetal Development Facts

5 Fun Fetal Development Facts

Pregnancy is such a special time, and when you look past the morning sickness, your ever-changing body, and the aches and pains-  you can embrace the joy and the miracle growing inside of your womb.  There are so many changes that happen weekly, and even daily.  After all, it only takes 37-40 for a baby to grow from a tiny…

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Your Pregnancy Test Is Positive.  Now What?

Your Pregnancy Test Is Positive. Now What?

You’ve recognized the signs and symptoms and you’ve taken a test.  You clearly are seeing those two pink lines or that digital word that reads, “pregnant.”  So many emotions and thoughts are running through your head, and one of the biggest questions is, “What do I do now?” Maybe you’re excited and you can’t…

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