On having a baby after a PMAD

by Kaela Koepke I’d like to dedicate this second pregnancy to Prozac. I’m 3.5 months pregnant with number two and already the difference in my mood between pregnancies is night and day; the contrast is astounding. At eight weeks into my first pregnancy three years ago, I was sobbing at my midwife appointment, petrified of a miscarriage, despite having no…

The power of connection

Here’s the deal: We need each other. Yes, we human beings need one another to be healthy and to thrive. Brené Brown defines connection this way: “connection is the energy that exists between people when they feel seen, heard, and valued; when they can give and receive without judgment; and when they derive sustenance and strength from the relationship.” Thanks to…

Why I’m Learning to Take a Compliment

by Jessica Towns Last summer, I took my daughter Ravenna to a toddler gym class. Children were clambering like termites over elaborate play structures, each with an anxious parent on the floor below. Ravenna ran fearlessly into the action and began to narrate every detail. “Climb stairs…throw orange ball…my turn…jump?!” A father in the class turned to me and said,…

On Parenting, Perfectionism, and Photography

by Meghan McMackin   This is a four-part story in which I recount the miraculous tale of how parenting cured me of perfectionism, and how, through photography I’ve come to embrace the beauty of the present imperfect.   Part 1: The PLAN Before our first child was born, I did everything I possibly could to prepare. I took my prenatals, read…

Day Without A Woman

PEPS is closing our doors March 8 and joining with many other organizations, businesses, and individuals who are participating in A Day Without a Woman. We honor women everywhere, including those we employ and serve, and we stand in solidarity with those seeking gender justice and equality in Seattle, the State of Washington, America, and across the world.

Dear Brand New Mom: Remember This

Dear Brand New Mom, There are some things during this newborn phase that you will likely want to quickly forget – but some things you will want to remember forever. But what about those details you didn’t know you’d want to remember? I am a scrapbooker and photo historian by nature: I love taking pictures to remember things. However, it’s…

The first step to more connection with others

by Tracy Cutchlow, Author of Zero to Five: 70 Essential Parenting Tips Based on Science I remember trying to get the real scoop on parenting, good and bad, before I had a baby. “It’s hard,” new parents would say, and then quickly paper over that tiny admission. “But of course I wouldn’t trade it for anything!” It sounded suspicious to me. Even…

Birth Story Healing

By Barrie Rein Thunemann MA, ICCE, CD, Certified Birthing From Within Mentor, www.fullmoonbirthseattle.com Our culture tells us that giving birth is supposed to be one of the best days of our lives, however, many mothers and parents can feel disappointed or let down after their birth experience. In fact it’s actually not all that unusual to feel that something just doesn’t…