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…

ADOPTION

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…
Adoption Profile
How to Write an Adoption Profile: According to a Birth Family
The best advice I received when creating our profile was to be authentic. Expectant families…

STEPPARENTING

INFERTILITY

ALL POSTS

Unexpected Foster Mom, Raise Magazine

How I Unexpectedly Became A Foster Mom

I don’t know if it was my husband or me who brought it up first. Almost without words, we decided that if this boy needed a place to land and have some…
Raise The Conversation, Raise Magazine

Raise The Conversation

Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families. Adoption coercion still happens, and these birth mothers are on mission to stop it. Meet…
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Travel Gear for Toddlers, Raise Magazine

Travel Gear for Toddlers

From tiny toys to the perfect travel pillow, everything you need for a stress-free toddler trip. Since everyone seems to be squeezing in last minute summer vacations or planning quick Labor Day…
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 earlier that afternoon. It’s a science lab of sorts where prospective adoptive parents are dropped into a…
How To Pick The Perfect Red Lip, Raise Magazine

How To Pick The Perfect Red Lip

As a new mom of three, makeup became my daily meditation. I wasn’t a big makeup person before having my daughter at age 33. I had a few eye shadows, mascara, some…
Raise The Conversation, Raise Magazine.

Raise The Conversation

Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families. Actress Poppy Montgomery on co-parenting in her blended family: “My parents divorced when I was…
Raise The Conversation, Raise Magazine

Raise The Conversation

Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families. The terrifying truth of Marshallese Adoption. Navigating an open adoption when your child's birth mother…
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Best Clothing Brands For Boys, Raise Magazine

Basic Toddler Tees For When You Just Can’t Stand To Look At One More Baby Superhero Shirt

I love graphic tees, which is a good thing considering I have three sons. Graphic tees are the love language of school-aged boys. But I just can’t look at one more t-shirt…
The Stepparadox, Raise Magazine

The Stepparadox

The fact that my son calls both my ex and my husband, “Dad,” fills everyone with warm fuzzies at our progressive parenting and ability to come together to love and support a…
Raise The Conversation, Raise Magazine

Raise The Conversation

Our favorite links from this week featuring stories of stepparenting, adoption, foster care, surrogacy, and non-traditional families. How much does IVF really cost? This mom's reaction to seeing her ex’s girlfriend’s social…

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