Why America's Black Mothers and Babies Are In a Life-or-Death Crisis

Doing better by black mothers and babies

Photo credit: LaToya Ruby Frazier for The New York Times There's been a ton of discussion in the birth world this month about Linda Villarosa's excellent New York Times Magazine feature, and for good reason. It ...
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You need sleep and so does your baby!

Baby sleep advice

Co-sleeping? Self-soothing? Crying it out? Baby sleep is mysterious and overwhelming in the early days...and then again around four months...and again any time they have a cold or a developmental leap. When you Google "why won't ...
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The club isn't the best place to find a lover So the pool is where I go

Baby swimming lessons

Our very first Baby Lunch Date was a hoot! Thank you to the parents who joined us for cookies and catching up. To all who couldn't make it this week, I'll be back at Rosemont Wellness next ...
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Hand setting a paper boat on a desk near a stack of books

What does Ballast & Buoy mean?

No, I did not use the Hipster Business Name Generator to name my LLC. I was using an ampersand before it was cool. The moniker was birthed after months of planning and wondering about the future. I wanted ...
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Rosemont Wellness Center logo

Big exciting news! Rosemont Wellness Center

I am SO PLEASED [and caffeinated, tbh] to share with you all that Ballast & Buoy now has a meeting space in meatspace. This spring I will be rolling out a number of parenting groups and ...
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Motherland documentary

Free screening and discussion of Motherland

My friends at the Portland Public Library are wrapping up their summer documentary series with a free screening of Motherland. Ramona Diaz's documentary, the winner of the 2017 Sundance World Cinema Documentary Special Jury Award for ...
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Mackworth swing view

Secret Maine beaches

Maine does not lack for family-friendly beaches. Kettle Cove and Ferry Beach are each awesome in their own way, but if you're looking to go a little farther afield to avoid the crowds, check these out: ...
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under the waves

Support for postpartum depression and anxiety

Postpartum depression and anxiety are sneaky, lying, many-tentacled beasts. In my work providing postpartum family care to parents in greater Portland, I regularly come in contact with families who struggle to right the ship after the tempest ...
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Mother and infant walk through the snowy woods.

6 ways to get out and about with your winter baby in Portland, Maine

The season of hibernation is upon us, and the one-two punch of sleep deprivation + lack of sunlight hits Maine parents with winter babies particularly hard. It’s cold, it’s icy, and it somehow takes 3 hours ...
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sunrise through autumn leaves

The scars that remain

cicatrix noun The scar of a healed wound. Botany  A mark on a stem left after a leaf or other part has become detached. Our son Gus, born still almost 8 years ago, is very present ...
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Hi! I’m Jessica.

Jessica Thomas is a certified professional postpartum doula serving greater Portland, Maine.
I'm a certified postpartum doula and erstwhile librarian. My favorite things are spreadsheets, music, and Phryne Fisher.

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