PREEMIES

The Worst Questions You Can Ask A NICU Mom, Raise Magazine

The Worst Question You Can Ask NICU Parents

September is NICU Awareness Month. Raise founder and NICU mom Jessica Butler shares her advice…
In Conversation with Anna Faris, Raise Magazine

In Conversation With Anna Faris

Anna Faris and Raise founder Jessica Butler talk preemies, co-parenting, and of course, mom guilt.…
Pumpkin Muffin Recipe, Raise Magazine

How Designer Rebecca Minkoff Saved My Preemie’s Life

At ten months old, my son stopped growing. By age two, he had fallen off…
Moon and Back Preemie Clothing
Before Chrissy Teigen, There Was Me
Over the summer, Teigen tweeted her struggle to find clothes to fit her newborn preemie…
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Our Favorite Diapers For Preemies
What brand of diaper did your preemie wear? Levon was born weighing 2 pounds, 7…
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Our Favorite Bottles For Preemies
What brand of bottle did your preemie use? Levon was born at 30 weeks, before…
The Best Products For Preemies With Sensitive Skin, Raise Magazine.
Our Favorite Products For Preemies With Sensitive Skin
Levon has ultra-sensitive skin, prone to rashes and eczema. Below are the products we rely…
Jessica Tyler, Raise Magazine
Life After The NICU
When we received the news we were being discharged, instead of joy, I felt anxiety…

ADOPTION

The Most Frequently Asked (And Frequently Inappropriate) Questions About My Son’s Adoption, Raise Magazine
The Most Frequently Asked (And Frequently Inappropriate) Questions About My Son’s Adoption
My son’s adoption is not a secret -- you’re reading a blog about it --…
The Adoptive Mom's Hospital Go Bag, Raise Magazine
The Adoptive Mom’s Hospital Go Bag
All the things I wish I packed when Levon was born. {shop: book/camera/lotion/boots/sweater} CAMERA In…
The First Thing You Should Do After Your Homestudy Is Approved, Raise Magazine
The First Thing You Should Do After Your Home Study Is Approved
Learn from my mistake, I beg you. Many adoption professionals advise families to refrain from…
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7 Natural Haircare Tips for Foster & Adoptive Parents
The best practices and products for caring for natural hair. DETANGLING Methods of detangling hair…
Greetings from Poland, Ohio, Raise Magazine
Greetings from Poland, Ohio
Writer Robin Bakay's raw portrait of disrupted adoption. We met in the adoption lawyer’s office…
What Do You Call Your Child's Birth Parent? Raise Magazine
What Do You Call Your Child’s Birth Parent?
Levon has recently started to notice pregnant women. He knows they have babies inside their…
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Tips On Creating An Adoption Profile Book
Adoption profile designer Mallory Fogas, owner of Arrow + Root, shares her tips on creating…
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When Friends Or Family Are Displaced: How To Help
Adopting a child from a different state often requires at least one parent to remain…
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Meeting My Brother’s Birth Mom
Mom was crying before we even got out of the car. She told me she…
Jessica Butler, Raise Magazine.
The One Thing You Should Never Say In Your Adoption Profile
During our adoption process, our case worker shared this important piece of advice about writing…

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2019 Gift Guide: For Your Five-Year-Old Rock Star, Raise Magazine

2019 Gift Guide: For Your Five-Year-Old Rock Star

Ideas for your Jack White wannabe who loves to rock, and loves rocks.
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Raise The Conversation

Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of step parenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families. How Two Families Are Navigating Open Adoption After Foster Care. Elizabeth Banks Still Feels…
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2019 Gift Guide: For Your 20-Something Stepson, Raise Magazine.com

2019 Gift Guide: For Your 20-Something Stepson

Ideas for your city-dwelling stepson who plays lead guitar in a yacht rock band and co-writes Off-Broadway musicals.
My Sons’ Adoption and NICU Experience Left Me With Lifelong Anxiety That Destroyed My Marriage, Raise Magazine

My Sons’ Adoption and NICU Experience Left Me With Lifelong Anxiety That Destroyed My Marriage

Twenty years later, I still battle depression and anxiety, because I can’t seem to let go of the worry. My husband and I adopted twin boys who were born seven weeks early.…
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2019 Gift Guide: For Your College-Aged Stepson, Raise Magazine

2019 Gift Guide: For Your College-Aged Stepson

Ideas for your tech-loving, wise beyond his years stepson who goes to school in your hometown.
Thanksgiving Food Fight, Raise Magazine

Thanksgiving Food Fight

More than 10% of marriages in the U.S. are interracial. That means approximately 12.2 million people in the United States are married to someone from a different racial background. For the last…

Thanksgiving Tonic, Raise Magazine

Thanksgiving Tonic

The perfect cocktail for Thanksgiving morning. Because if I'm cooking, I'm drinking, even if it's 6 AM. This drink was inspired by the Tucson Tonic at one of our favorite burger joints…
The Most Frequently Asked (And Frequently Inappropriate) Questions About My Son’s Adoption, Raise Magazine

The Most Frequently Asked (And Frequently Inappropriate) Questions About My Son’s Adoption

My son’s adoption is not a secret -- you’re reading a blog about it -- but many of the details surrounding his birth story are. Not secret, exactly, but private. I’m always…
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Raise The Conversation

Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families. Trump administration seeks to provide federal funding to faith-based adoption and foster care agencies that…
Jessica Tyler, Raise Magazine

Life After The NICU

When we received the news we were being discharged, instead of joy, I felt anxiety and fear. The Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) is a scary place. The tiniest of humans in…

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