Guest blogger Maggie McGarvey discusses how she found flexibility as a mom: "Just finding the time to write this blog has been an exercise in flexibility. Over the last 18 months, whenever I’ve found a moment to sit down and write on this topic, something more pressing has come up."
Generosity is a core value of our company. In our quest to bolster women in any way we can, we give to many incredible women’s health organizations. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, we wanted to share a little about one of the organizations we give to, the Breast Cancer Research Foundation.
In honor of Labor Day (and because we absolutely love birth stories), we're sharing stories from our own deliveries. From barely making it to the hospital in time to laboring for four days, from home births to inductions, from two amniotic sacs to secret salads, Kindred Bravely moms get real!
Sarah, our Social Media Manager, invites you to look past the social media version of motherhood. She writes, "Before having kids, and even after my first son was born, I had this image in my mind of what our days would be like and what kind of mom I would be... I was a mess most days, just trying to cover the basics and make sure everyone was fed. Sure, I’d have my shining moments where the baby would be smiling just right or we managed to make it to the zoo for an afternoon, and I would always make sure to document it on my favorite social media channels as proof. I was afraid to let people into the real...
A maelstrom of heightened emotions and changing hormones coupled with new mom exhaustion and a sense of isolation can make sanity feel elusive. Though you might encounter unexpected challenges with your growing family, you’ll also find yourself changing in amazing ways.
I know a lot of moms who struggle to find community. They had a community before they had kids, but when they became mothers, things changed. Perhaps some of their friends weren’t ready for the new dynamics. And that’s fine. Friendships evolve. I also think most moms want a community experiencing the same life events as they are. My ideal community, and what I think we really need, is a combination of people who’ve known us forever and people who are in the thick of it with us. I asked our followers on Instagram, Pinterest, and Facebook for their tips on how to build community.
Celebrating the milestone of my company turning three is so unreal for me. In reflecting on our journey together so far, we combed through our social media posts - our Kindred Bravely family photos, if you will - to pull your favorites from Instagram, Facebook, and Pinterest. I hope you will remember them as fondly as I do - and feel as excited as we are to continue building this remarkable community of women encouraging women for years to come.
Whether from the stress of labor, a genetic predisposition, or even a perceived failure to “live up to” what you believe your motherhood journey should look like, postpartum depression can make you feel hopeless and broken. The good news? While what you’re experiencing can make you feel isolated, you’re not alone.
As a new mom, I quickly learned there were two absolute must-haves for me: comfortable clothes and a caring community. I was fortunate to find several encouraging mom groups that were local to me: Stroller Strides, MOPs, and most importantly, a breastfeeding support group, but I knew several women who didn’t have those resources close to them.
In this guest blog, Kindred Bravely's Pinterest Manager, Shantel, details her story of losing her first pregnancy, "What happens if you lose a baby before you even get to tell anyone you're pregnant? Who do you turn to? How do you keep your composure when no one knows you are hurting deep inside? I never thought I’d have to find the answers to those questions."
In this guest post, Sarah, Kindred Bravely's Facebook Manager, writes about finding her way through the grief of her miscarriage. "It wasn’t until we were in the dark exam room with the ultrasound flickering on the screen above me that I felt my heart sink a little. The little bean on the screen had a flickering heartbeat, but the size and shape looked much different than what I’d seen with my previous pregnancies."
From the time I found out I was pregnant with my first, there was no doubt in my mind that I would breastfeed. As a mom-to-be, I already wanted to provide my baby with the best quality everything, so I read everything I could on the subject. Positions, signs of a good latch, how to tell my baby was getting enough. Nothing prepared me for the pain.
Every mom's journey towards motherhood is different; some moms never have morning sickness, others endure all day nausea for months on end. Some women deliver after only a few pushes, others go through days of labor. No matter the experience, all moms do amazing things to bring their babies into the world.
Some of our favorite reviews are about our customer service team, the incredible women who work behind the scenes to make sure everything is “just right” for every mom. They address technical issues, assist with bra fit, and respond to customer feedback. Like our Kindred BraveMoms, they're generous and encouraging, and we're thrilled to have them as representatives.
As busy moms, you know how important it is to have a supportive team, from partners and family, to new and old friends, community is super important. That's one of the reasons I'm so excited to introduce you to my incredible social media team. These wonderful women help keep the working parts moving on all our channels so I can stay connected with you, my awesome second family.