Telling “My Abortion Story”

All too often, stories about engaging with “the other side” of the abortion debate quickly turn ugly and presumptive of others. I hope this story will be different, and am willing to risk ridicule for sharing it because I hope it will encourage others to step out of their comfort zones. This past weekend, I…

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Healing Birth: Midwifery and a Rainbow Baby

I chose midwifery for the birth of my son because I believe in the intricate design of the female body and its ability to birth unassisted and in an unaltered physical and mental state. Selecting a care team for labor and delivery is not to be taken lightly—according to the most recent data published by…

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Can you use NFP while breastfeeding?

So you’ve made it through the first few weeks with your new baby at home and now it’s time for your six-week follow-up appointment. You’ll finally be cleared to resume relations with your partner (or maybe the idea of anything going on down there is still terrifying). Regardless of how you’re feeling about resuming your…

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Walking through Darkness: My Journey with Postpartum Depression, Part II

As we continue our series on postpartum depression, we bring you the second part of  the story from Guiding Star Project board member and pro-life speaker and advocate, Abby Johnson, who shares her experience of this illness.  If you missed the first post, you can find it here:  https://theguidingstarproject.com/walking-through-darkness-my-journey-into-post-partum-depression-part-i/ I got back in and drove home….

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Walking through Darkness: My Journey with Postpartum Depression, Part I

In honor of Maternal Depression Awareness month, we are re-publishing Abby Johnson’s series on postpartum depression.  Abby is a Guiding Star Project board member and pro-life speaker and advocate and she shares her journey with postpartum depression in this powerful series.   The day I found out I was pregnant with Grace, I don’t remember being happy. I…

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Giving Women More Choices: An Introduction to Executive Director Jamie Rathjen and Guiding Star Cedar Valley

photo credit: Waterloo Courier I recently had the privilege to interview Jamie Rathjen, the Executive Director of Guiding Star Cedar Valley. I was so encouraged by her vision, insight, and desire for true societal change. Jamie, who is trained in the Creighton model of fertility charting and holds a Masters degree in Community Health Education, first…

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Cutting the Cord with my Doctor: Exploring Alternative Methods of Care

The twenty first century woman has access to unlimited information at the swipe of a finger. This creates an interesting paradox in no matter what phase of your motherhood journey you find yourself—opinions flow freely and are not often kind. The information management struggle is so real whether preparing for the birth of a child,…

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Pairing Holistic Care with Social Justice: An Introduction to Executive Director Ginny Cronin and Wakota Guiding Star Center

Wakota – a Guiding Star Center, originally known as Wakota Life-Care Center, is situated on a bustling corner of Butler Ave E and S Robert Street in St. Paul Minnesota. Virginia (Ginny) Cronin, the Executive Director, often passed the time in traffic at this intersection wondering about what had filled the space behind the walls…

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Introducing Ana Hidalgo Stooks: The Flagship Leader of Our Flagship Center

This is the first post in a series we will be sharing about the various Guiding Star Centers.  We hope that these pieces will shine a light on the incredible work the Guiding Star Project is doing across our country and illustrate our revolutionary vision for the future of women’s healthcare.   Ana Hidalgo Stooks…

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A Tale of Two Marches

In just a few days thousands (possibly hundreds of thousands!) of women will converge on Washington D.C. to commemorate the Presidential Inauguration of Donald Trump with a protest. This “Women’s March” started out sounding like such a great idea! After the election, so many of us wanted a place for women to come together in…

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Should a Birth Mom Breastfeed or Pump Before Placement?

As the adoption world becomes more open, so has the viewpoint on breast milk during and after the hospital stay. More people are learning that breastfeeding, when possible, provides the best nutrition for babies. Breastmilk has the perfect composition of healthy fats, carbohydrates, proteins, vitamins, and minerals. It is a great boost to a baby’s immunity…

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4 Birth Mothers Share Their Breastfeeding/Pumping Stories

Each adoption is unique, and the world of adoption is ever-evolving.  Today, many birth mothers are choosing to begin their adoption journey by breastfeeding or pumping their breastmilk.  I’d like to introduce you to four such women: Christina, Breanna, Alyssa, and Emm.  I had the privilege of asking each of them 12 questions pertaining to their reasons for…

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Walking through darkness: My journey into postpartum depression Part II

As we continue our series on postpartum depression, we bring you the second part of  the story from Guiding Star Project board member and pro-life speaker and advocate, Abby Johnson, who shares her experience of this illness.  If you missed the first post, you can find it here:  https://theguidingstarproject.com/walking-through-darkness-my-journey-into-post-partum-depression-part-i/ I got back in and drove home….

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4 Things that happen when men learn fertility awareness

Men, unlike women, do not have ‘fertility cycles’. Their ability to produce offspring is not dependent on a particular physiological and hormonal environment that only occurs for a few days each month. Healthy men are always fertile, always biologically ready to become fathers. Women, on the other hand, have cyclical fertility. Besides meaning that the…

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A word from our Founder

It has been a time of explosive growth and development for Guiding Star and we are so happy to have you along for the ride. When a young group, like Guiding Star, goes through a period of such rapid growth it can sometimes be very easy to lose sight of the original mission and vision….

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Turn, Turn, Turn

  Every morning it starts the same way: as soon as the first slivers of light break the horizon, my blissful sleep is interrupted with wandering hands and a sweet little voice saying “Mama, the sun’s awake. Milkies, milkies…” Soon that sweet voice dissolves into tears of frustration because the rule is “No milkies until…

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