Sabrina Joy Stevens

Thinker, writer, and occasional troublemaker raising another generation of righteous troublemakers with her best friend.
Recent Articles

13 Breastfeeding Essentials That Saved My Boobs

Though breastfeeding is theoretically the most "natural" way to feed a baby, that doesn't mean there's no learning curve involved in getting started, or an absence of little tips, tricks, and products...
By Sabrina Joy Stevens

Everything My Midwife Knew About My Home Birth

When I made the switch from my old OB-GYN to the midwives who would ultimately attend my son's birth, I requested all of my old medical records to give them. While scanning them after they finally arr...
By Sabrina Joy Stevens

8 Things I'm Glad I Didn't Know About Weaning

Well into my pretty enjoyable breastfeeding experience with my son, I decided that unless my feelings drastically changed, I'd let him self-wean. It seemed like the simplest way to do things, and I wa...
By Sabrina Joy Stevens

13 Signs You're Kicking Your Third Trimester's Ass

The third trimester of pregnancy is not the best, by a long shot. That honor belongs to the second trimester, when (if you're lucky) all the worst symptoms of pregnancy subside just as you become visi...
By Sabrina Joy Stevens

Labor & Delivery Taught Me To Love My Body

There was a point in the middle of the hardest part of my labor where I was hunched over in my shower, moaning and singing and swaying as hot water streamed all over my back, where I asked myself who ...
By Sabrina Joy Stevens

Mistakes Every Extended Breastfeeding Mom Makes

I'm not sure how moms in years past made it through the earliest days of breastfeeding before smartphones and Netflix. Those early nursing sessions take forever, so I got in the habit of watching thin...
By Sabrina Joy Stevens

What I Wasn't Prepared For When My Baby Slept

Soon after my son's second birthday, I awoke in a panic around 3:40 in the morning. I glanced around, didn't see my son, then woke up my husband while frantically reaching for the baby monitor. "Is he...
By Sabrina Joy Stevens

Postpartum Moments That Prove You're Resilient AF

After the rush of giving birth wore off, I faced my first big challenge as a mom of a new human: breastfeeding the strongest, hangriest baby around. Apparently, my baby hadn't read any of the same stu...
By Sabrina Joy Stevens

12 Things RIE Moms Do That Every Mom Should Try

About 80 times a day, my toddler wants to do something that could potentially hurt or kill him. That means about 80 times a day I have to set a limit of some kind (“Hold hands with mama while we cross...
By Sabrina Joy Stevens

What You Teach Your Toddler When They Play Solo

Once my son got mobile, we spent a lot of time baby-proofing our house. We put everything not fit for a baby’s mouth in latched cabinets or moved them up higher, then hid all furniture he could climb....
By Sabrina Joy Stevens