The postpartum period is such a dream.

Don't get me wrong, I didn't say it's always a sweet dream... It's like a dream in the way that at some point, you wake up with an awareness that time has passed, but you feel a little disoriented by the obscurity of all those sleepless nights and half-awake days.
If you have a solid support system and a few good self-care habits in place, the postpartum period will leave a precious imprint in yours and your partner's memory forever. It will ease you gently (maybe sometimes not so gently) into new and exciting phases of parenthood, making you laugh at yourself as you learn along the way.
But the postpartum period can be a totally different animal for some of us... If you have no family nearby or if you have dysfunctional relationships with your family, if you don't have many friends or if your friends are in different chapters of their lives, if you are experiencing turmoil in your relationship with your partner or if you don't have a partner, the postpartum period can be incredibly lonely. It can be like a deep, endless cavern where all you can hear are echos of baby cries and your own racing thoughts.
If you are in a place like that right now, please reach out to us. Don't wait to see if things get better on their own. Don't neglect yourself or allow guilt to creep in and rob you of the joy you deserve to experience during this fleeting time in your family's life.
Every family needs unconditional, judgment-free emotional and practical support for the weeks and even months after a birth. This work is our passion. Call us.

"There's no way to be a perfect mother and a million ways to be a good one." - Jim Churchill

Let's be gentle with ourselves this week. It's too easy to focus on the things we get wrong and overlook the many things we get right. We have to stop that. Every day is a new chance to leave an imprint of love on our children. Let's focus on that.

 

Long time no blog!

Hello, Arkansas families! Long time no blog! AFD has undergone so many incredible changes over the last year that frankly, it's been difficult to keep up! Our team is growing all the time so that we can better serve more families across the entire state. There are also exciting events on the horizon!
In October, we will be doing our second annual diaper drive. Last year was a lot of fun, and this year will be even more so! Let us know if you'd like to get involved, it's all hands on deck! Then, this coming Spring, we are doing our first annual baby and birth expo!!! We are beyond excited to be putting together this event to bring the local birth community together and offer Arkansas families the best of the best family services including photographers, therapists, doulas, midwives, handmade items, body products, and so much more. We are taking vendor applications and seeking sponsors, so contact Sondra if you are interested in either. A portion of the proceeds of this event are going to an incredibly important and impactful cause: bereavement care in Arkansas. AFD has a heart for babies and families, especially those experiencing loss. Join us as we come together to serve and make meaningful connections in our beautiful community!

 

We hope you all are enjoying your summer! We definitely are! Thank you all for your continued support! We love you all!

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