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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All Mothers Need Help

As a young mom, I have found support and virtual camaraderie in several Facebook groups.  I’ve made connections with women around the world who are in the same season of life: deep in the trenches of mothering young children. I didn’t have this support group when I first became a mom, but as the mother of…

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High Risk Pregnancy in the Internet Age

My husband and I were cautiously excited when those two pink lines showed up. I had experienced a very early miscarriage a few months earlier and was afraid of the same thing happening again. As those first weeks ticked by though, everything was fine. I made it to almost seven weeks, and then the bleeding…

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4 Ways to Stay in Love this Summer

Last night at quarter after nine in the evening, there was still light outside my window. As usual, summer has fully arrived almost without me realizing it! I don’t know about you, but this summer is a particularly busy season for my family. We’re juggling selling one house, buying another, moving, keeping up with growing…

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Not Knowing What to Do: A Husband’s Perspective on Postpartum Depression

Before you read this, you should read my wife, Abby’s articles about postpartum depression. Most of what I write is a response to what she has written about her struggle with PPD: WALKING THROUGH DARKNESS: MY JOURNEY INTO POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION PART I  WALKING THROUGH DARKNESS: MY JOURNEY INTO POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION PART II THE BEGINNING It…

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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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NFP is Just Too Hard

Sometimes Natural Family Planning (“NFP”) is just too hard. Maybe you’re avoiding pregnancy and your fertile time aligns with your wedding anniversary (or worse, your wedding itself…).  Maybe you’re breastfeeding and your postpartum cycles are so confusing that you have to switch methods when you don’t even have enough energy to take a shower.  Or…

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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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Period positivity: moving beyond self-empowerment

Period positivity can be defined as the practice of accepting menstruation as a normal and healthy process. But what is it for? Why be ‘period positive?’ In some parts of the world, where girls are literally quitting school because of a lack of menstrual care products, or find themselves ostracized from daily life because of…

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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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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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How to Make Peace with Change

The end of the summer always makes me sad, but this year, it feels worse for some reason. I was more upset about my younger siblings returning to school than they were, and I’ve long since graduated! Even college football isn’t quite doing the trick (Roll Tide). I’m not ready to welcome autumn, but it’s headed…

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Not just in my head: The physical force of postpartum depression

I’ve wanted to be a mom for as long as I can remember- and a stay-at-home mom at at that. My own mom had these little “School Days” books that she kept for my brother and me. One of the sections included the question, “What do you want to be when you grow up?” Year…

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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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Walking through darkness: My journey into postpartum depression Part I

Today we begin a three-week series on postpartum depression.  The first two posts are from Guiding Star Project board member and pro-life speaker and advocate, Abby Johnson, sharing her experience of going through this illness. The day I found out I was pregnant with Grace, I don’t remember being happy. I remember being terrified. Doug and…

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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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