Devan McGuinnessAuthor

Devan McGuinness

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers who are changing the world," Devan's a regular contributor to The Huffington Post Canada, Disney's Babble.com, and other places around the web. Check out Devan's lifestyle website byDevan, where you will find everything you need to have a happy, fulfilled, and busy life.

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I have been breastfeeding my fourth child for 8 months now; and this past month I developed mastitis, twice. It was brutal and I am still trying to recover from the two weeks on antibiotics, and things left on my to-do list from doing nothing but nursing, sleeping, and resting. I have never had mastitis [&hellip
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Growing up, I had a love-hate relationship with my non-common name. I loved it because there were no other students in my school with the same name and people tended to remember my unique name. On the other hand, I hated my name because as a young girl who had a stereotypical “male” name, which [&hellip
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I have loved reading for as long as I can remember — which is as far back as 4-years old. I love how books can transplant you from your life temporarily, and into a new world, someone else’s shoes, or will teach you something you didn’t yet know. When I had kids, I wanted to [&hellip
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Labor and giving birth is a lot of work. It doesn’t matter if you have a home birth, hospital birth, surprise birth, or c-section. Having the support of your partner can make a huge difference. Sure, it’s on us to do most of the work getting our baby Earthside, but there are ways our significant [&hellip
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the hardest time in my marriage

Imagine this situation:  There are two people who are sleep deprived in a way they’ve never experienced and both are physically aching from not being able to recharge. They’re faced with a new responsibility that is bigger than they’ve ever known and have been given no instructions on how to move forward. One of the [&hellip
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When I was a child, I remember turning to my mom at the grocery store and asking her a question about the wind. I think I was about 4 years old at the time, and I had asked her if the reason the trees blow (in the wind) is that they’re all laughing at a [&hellip
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8-Compliments-Every-Pregnant-Woman-Wants-to-Hear

I loved being pregnant — aches, pains, scares, and all! I had never felt more beautiful than when my body was growing a little version of my husband and me. It wasn’t easy at first, to embrace my changing body, but the more I stared at that beautiful bump – the more confident I felt. [&hellip
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5-ways-your-partner-can-support-your-breastfeeding-efforts

Breastfeeding, while natural, is not as easy as one may think. Sure, breasts are made to feed babies, and our babies are made to feed, but when it comes to getting the hang of it all and getting through the tough beginnings, it’s far from easy. I was able to breastfeed my third child until [&hellip
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what-you-need-to-know-about-breast-milk-donation

I have been breastfeeding my fourth child now for 8 months and it has been amazing. There was a time in my parenting where I wondered if I was going to be able to breastfeed more than a few weeks, as I had with my first. It was important to me to be able to [&hellip
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baby-name-combinations-for-boy-girl-siblings

Deciding the perfect baby name can be more difficult than you’d expect, especially knowing it can hold a lot of weight in the future. There are so many things to consider before you make the big decision, like how the name will sound with your last name, or whether there are any obvious, terrible nicknames that [&hellip
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