Why Mom Friends Are So Important

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You guys, I have to tell you something. And it’s something that you already know.

Being a mom is one of the greatest joys you’ll ever have. And it’s also one of the hardest. 

Sometimes, I feel like the world is pushing on me to put forth this image of motherhood perfection. Because that’s what you see across a lot of social media, blogs, media and the like. That push makes it so easy to feel like you’re alone in your parenting fears, fails, and hard moments. But you know what I’ve realized? I’m not alone. My friends go through the same things that I go through on a regular basis.

Crabby toddler who decided that spitting is a totally acceptable way of communicating with his mother? Check.

Feeding the baby in the back of your car while giving your toddler some chocolate to keep them still? Happened today. 

Showing up at a play date without diapers, wipes or even a sippy cup? Yeah, that’s happened plenty. 

Messy house that feels like it will never be clean? Every.single.day. my friends. 

But here’s the thing: if I didn’t have a group of friends that I could just be honest with about these kinds of parenting moments, I think I would go crazy. It’s so hard to think that you’re the only one feeling a certain way. We all have parenting fails. And as a mom, I truly believe that we all need a community of other mamas that we can be open with about these things. After all, it totally deepens your relationship with your friends to know that they’ve screwed up with their kids, too – right? That was supposed to be funny…

An organization that is so dear to my heart, Count the Kicks and Healthy Birth Day, recently put out a video about just this. It’s just real moms, talking about why their mama friends are so important to their role as parents. So watch it and share with some of the ladies who help you face the world of parenting with a brave face every single day. And to my own mama friends, THANK YOU. I don’t think I’d be able to get through the crazy world of mommyhood without you. ♥

About Count the Kicks:
In 2009, five Iowa moms who all lost baby daughters within months of each other, launched Count the Kicks, the public awareness campaign that’s recently gone global thanks to a new kick counting app found in the iTunes and Google Play online stores. Scientific studies indicate kick counting, a daily record of a baby’s movements (kicks, rolls, punches, jabs) during the third trimester, is an easy, free and reliable way to monitor a baby’s well-being in addition to regular prenatal visits.

Count the Kicks teaches expectant parents the importance of monitoring their unborn baby’s movements during the third trimester of pregnancy with the goal of improving the chances of delivering a healthy baby and can prevent unexpected birth complications and even late-term stillbirth.
Through their non-profit organization Healthy Birth Day, the women have created a network of supportive hospitals, doctors and advocates who are spreading the Count the Kicks message. Prior to the development of Count the Kicks, the five founding women helped get Iowa’s Stillbirth Registry law enacted and they now have Count the Kicks ambassadors in twelve states.

About Healthy Birth Day:
Healthy Birth Day is a nonprofit organization, run entirely by volunteer moms, dedicated to preventing stillbirths and infant deaths through education, advocacy and parent support. Founded in 2003 by five Iowa mothers (Kate Safris, Kerry Biondi-Morlan, Rep. Janet Petersen, Tiffan Yamen, Jan Caruthers) who met after each losing a daughter to stillbirth or infant death, Healthy Birth Day has helped with getting Iowa’s Stillbirth Registry law enacted (which has brought more than $2 million into Iowa for stillbirth prevention research), created a parent-to-parent network to reach out to grieving families immediately following their loss of their babies, and launched the “Count the Kicks” public health campaign to help prevent stillbirths.

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