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Meet the parents: Shannon and Tom Rayner's journey to parenthood via surrogacy

The Kirkland couple's experience is featured in a new PBS documentary about how Boise has become an epicenter of the surrogacy movement.

How you can help: It's not too late to #ClearTheLists

Also, help end diaper need in our community.

My birth story: 'For the first time, I had to surrender'

A writer describes for her son how, despite birth complications, "I was so focused on one thing — you! — that a complete calm enveloped me ..."

Twins? Triplets? Seattle group offers special support to parents of multiples

Seattle Families of Multiples helps new parents face the exponential challenges of life with twins.

Bringing baby home: Navigating new parenthood with your partner

Your relationship with your partner will stay exactly as it was before baby, right? Sure, that's possible. But the truth is that a new baby puts pressure on even the best relationship.

Find your tribe: (New) parent groups, classes and workshops

Online and in-person, there are other parents all over the city who are feeling what you’re feeling, loving what you’re loving and hating what you’re hating — right this very minute. Find them. Embrace them. Join their groups.

Baby places in oh-so-tiny spaces

Creating space for a new family member in a small home.

Books for when a new brother or sister is on the way

VBAC your way

Many mothers can feel disenfranchised, unheard, traumatized, even terrified, as they consider the birth of another child after a cesarean section. Sharon Muza wants to change that.

New Mom Dispatch: Decisions, decisions

Becca Bergman Bull weighs the value of limitless information, advice, and options as a new mother in the digital age. Discover how the so-called “tyranny of choice” is magnified tenfold when a kid enters the picture.

To the head of the class: Childbirth classes help prepare you for your new arrival

Attending a childbirth class gives parents an opportunity like nothing else in pregnancy. Check out these parenting classes offered in Seattle and around the Sound.

New Mom Dispatch: It takes a group text

Many factors improve the experience of parenthood: patience; grandparents; date nights; humor; a washing machine. And friendship.
Many factors improve the experience of parenthood: patience; grandparents; date nights; humor; a washing machine. And friendship.

What she said: Local moms offer up the best and worst new parent advice they've received

The best and worst new-parent advice that local parents have fielded.

What the bleep is “natural childbirth” anyhow?

Birth mentor and doula Charlene Hamilton focuses on what she calls the “Baby Steps” of childbirth: When a need arises in childbirth, apply the appropriate resources, starting with the least invasive possible, and then work up from there.

A Mariners Fan is Born

Leah was destined to be a Mariners fan, just like generations before her. By day two, she was listening to her first game on the radio.
Leah was destined to be a Mariners fan, just like generations before her. By day two, she was listening to her first game on the radio.

Seattle-based breastfeeding resources for new parents

It’s easy to idealize breastfeeding as a natural, and therefore easy, undertaking. The reality is that breastfeeding is a learning process for both mom and baby, and it takes time and patience to get it just right.

To Pump or not to Pump?: Real Talk on Breast Pumping

The lowdown on breastmilk pumping.

5 best ways to bond with baby

What are the most important things you and baby can do with your time together? Brain science tells us they’re pretty simple. And, thankfully, they’re things we know how to do already.

What's in a name?

Top 10 Reads for New Parents

We turned to the experts – 50 Seattle parents who have become first-time parents – and asked them to share their favorite parenting books.

Is it safe for pregnant women to smoke pot?

Now that marijuana use is legal in Washington, some moms and childbirth professionals are hoping there can be an open discussion about its use to treat common pregnancy issues.

Flying while pregnant: Tips from a traveling pro

Seattle travel blogger Debbie Dubrow writes about traveling while pregnant from ample personal experience.

It’s brain science, not rocket science

Love and interaction — not complicated techniques — nurture earliest learning.

The diaper debate

The environmental ramifications of diapering are many. So it seems that new parents have yet another choice in the diaper dilemma: disposable, cloth or no diaper at all.

New Mom Dispatch: Confessions of a sleep trainer

Training baby to sleep means training the parents too.

New Seattle service exchanges your kids' outgrown clothes for new things they need

For $19.99 a box, you get 8 to 12 handpicked pieces for your child — delivered to your door, at which time they'll also pick up outgrown but reusable items of yours.

Chef Herschell Taghap makes room for his most important new diner

(High chair) table for one, please

OCD in pregnancy or postpartum: debilitating but treatable

For some parents, a new baby’s arrival comes with debilitating obsessions and compulsions, but help is available.

Families of Color Seattle: 'Where parents of color don’t have to hold back'

The local nonprofit has groups to match the needs and interests of many new families, plus support to help them get there.

'Meditation playdates': The best of both worlds for parents and young kids

Parents learn how to practice mindfulness while their children are nearby.

New parents need comprehensive care, not just lactation support

In addition to infant feeding care, parents need help with the myriad practical and emotional challenges of raising young children.

Phinney Ridge mom turns baby keepsakes into frameable art

The Phinney Ridge mom behind Pokidots turns outgrown baby clothes into frameable art

Help your kids (and you!) handle the switch to Daylight Saving Time

Daylight Savings Time presents some unique "challenges" for parents.

Unsung Hero: Lance Benson, 'The Diaper Guy'

Unsung Heroes: Tricia & William Hughes 'do so much for the babies in their care'

Open Arms: Seattle nonprofit supports mothers who need it most

Baby at the office: Here's how that can work

Companies in Washington state are leading the move to help families balance work and parenthood, to everyone's benefit.

Fitness classes and workouts that are kid-friendly or offer child care

'The miracle of it all': What's the same — and what's different — the second time around

When Baby No. 2 arrives, a lot of things rush back in a wave of familiarity

How to feed babies for stronger brains

When it comes to developing young minds, timing (and nutrition) is everything

New moms ease back into workouts (and skinny jeans)

Phinney studio specializes in maternal fitness

Crybaby Comforts rents baby gear

Beyond the Baby Blues: Seattle Mom talks about postpartum depression

Coping with the pain and frustration of postpartum depression — a Seattle mom talks recovery.

Moms-to-Be Rejoice: You Can Now Rent Maternity Clothes

Wear, return and repeat – it’s as simple as that

The Zika Virus In Perspective

Understanding the risks, calming the fears: Local experts address parents' concerns.

Become a Certified Baby Massage Therapist

New Mom Dispatch: The milky way

Breastfeeding isn't easy
There are many benefits to breastfeeding but in the worst of times it can be painful, frustrating, time-consuming and guilt-inducing.

New Mom Dispatch: Doubling down

It does seem to require a bit of temporary insanity to confidently say, yes, I'm ready for another baby

New Mom Dispatch: This is 2

There must be a special word in the parenting dictionary for feeling nostalgic about something while it’s still happening.

New Mom Dispatch: Vacationing with baby

Here’s some advice about vacationing with a baby: Lower your expectations
Here’s some advice about vacationing with a baby: Lower your expectations and go!
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