Fiona Tapp

Fiona Tapp is a freelance writer and educator. Her work has been featured on The Washington Post, The New York Post, HuffPost, Brides, SheKnows and Parent.co among many others. She is an expert in the field of Pedagogy, a teacher of 13 years and Master’s degree holder in Education. She writes about a variety of topics including parenting, education and travel, as well as feminist perspectives and personal opinion pieces. Fiona is a Brit abroad and when she's not writing, she enjoys thunderstorms and making play dough cars with her toddler.

Here's How Long The Pushing Stage Of Labor *Actually* Takes

It's easy to have some pretty seriously inaccurate, preconceived notions when it comes to labor and delivery. In fact, thanks to unrealistic depictions of childbirth on television shows and in movies, you'd be forgiven for thinking that birth only…
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Here's When You Can Start Birth Control After Having A Baby, According To Experts

As a mother, I can tell you from personal experience that having a baby makes you realize a lot of things about yourself. For example, it didn't take long to learn how little sleep I truly needed to survive, how strong and brave I really am, and how…
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Here's What Happens To Your Brain When You're Induced

There's more than one way to bring your baby into the world, and for the most part how you labor will be a personal decision made by you and your team of health care professionals. But not all plans come to fruition, and sometimes the plan includes…
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Here's How Expensive It Is To Buy Donated Breast Milk

Breast milk is called "liquid gold" for a reason my friends, and not just because the title is catchy. From the antibodies that help your baby fight off viruses to the relatively low cost of breastfeeding, breast milk is the preferred choice for a…
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Here's What Happens to Your Body In The First 24 Hours After Giving Birth

You did it! You got through 40 weeks (more or less) of pregnancy and the grueling marathon of birth to deliver your beautiful baby! But now what? Exactly what happens to your body in the first 24 hours after giving birth? While you are busy…
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Here's What "Carrying High" *Actually* Means, According To Experts

In my experience, as soon as you announce your pregnancy, the speculation begins. The sex of your baby, your due date, your birth plan, and your future parenting decisions are all up for discussion, judgment, and scrutiny. Apparently. Even how…
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Want To Raise Great Kids? Teach Them To Be Losers

"Everyone gets a trophy!" The single-biggest corrupting force of the Millennial generation is supposedly our parents' efforts to boost our self-esteem by making everyone a winner. And sure, handing out a tie-first place ribbon to everyone does…
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9 Dads Describe Feeling Their Babies Kick & OMG Emotions

I was desperate to feel my baby kick when I was pregnant. Growing a human felt mysterious and unknown and I needed a sign it was real. I would go through a routine of lying down and talking to my bump before dancing around, drinking apple juice, and…
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7 Moms Reveal What Their Partner Did To Make The First Time Alone With Baby Easier

Being left alone with your newborn for the first time is, well, terrifying. If you're anything like me you can envision a myriad of things going horribly wrong and OMG you're too sleep-deprived to deal. Thankfully, the people in our lives can make…
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8 Moms Reveal Their PTA Horror Stories & Prepare To Be Mortified

PTA meetings are, in my experience, like stepping into the Thunderdome. I mean, they're basically an emotionally-charged interaction facilitated by all sorts of different parents with different parenting philosophies. And after over a decade holding…
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8 Pregnant Women Share The Horrific Comments They Heard From Their In-Laws

Even the most loving, supportive in-laws can turn into garbage humans when you're pregnant. Maybe it's the excitement of becoming grandparents that makes them so intrusive, or the thought of their own baby having a baby, which, I can imagine, is…
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10 Moms Cut The Sh*t & Reveal The Toughest Part Of Maternity Leave

I must admit that I had unrealistic expectations about postpartum life. I thought I'd bounce back to my pre-pregnancy self and live some perfect fantasy life where I would frequent the outside world, proudly showing off my prodigy. I didn't envision…
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8 Moms Reveal Awful Things They Heard When Extended Breastfeeding, Cuz People Are The Worst

I used to think there was a "right time" to stop breastfeeding. Then I actually breastfed and realized for me and my baby that time was when he self-weaned. There was no set "right time" at all. We'd stop whenever he decided he was ready, which just…
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You Won't Believe What These 10 Moms Heard When They Were Pregnant & Working Out

If you're pregnancy is relatively low-risk and your doctor has given you the A-OK, there's no reason why you can't work out while you grow another human inside your body. Unfortunately, not everyone knows that. As a result, you're sure to be on the…
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8 Moms Reveal The *Real* Reason They Chose To Cry It Out

The cry it out sleep training method, also called controlled crying, has been known to divide moms the world over. Rarely can you bring up "crying it out" without hearing a slew of, well, feelings. Those feelings, for better or worse, can sometimes…
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New Moms Want To Know: Should You Put Off Bathing Your Baby Post-Birth?

At one point it was standard practice for newborn babies to be whisked away from their mothers right after birth, if only so they could be "cleaned up" and "ready" to be presented to their parents. Today, however, it's safe to say that most mothers…
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FWIW, Here's How Long It *Actually* Takes To Recover From Childbirth

There is no denying it, childbirth can take a toll on the human body. It doesn't matter how calm you make the labor room, how many childbirth classes you've attended, or how many births you've experienced previously, the fact that a living being is…
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8 Things I'm So Glad I Didn't Know About The First Trimester

I wanted to be pregnant for a long time before it actually happened. Obviously I wanted to be a mom, but I also just really wanted to experience the physical sensation and changes of pregnancy itself. I fantasized about rubbing my growing stomach…
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Here's What Happens To Your Baby's Brain When You Breastfeed, According To Science

In my experience, breastfeeding is as much a mental activity as it is a physical one. I had all sorts of thoughts swirling inside my head when I was nursing, from the emotionally-charge realization that I was bonding with my baby to mundane ideas…
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What Experts Want You To Know About Orgasms & Premature Labor

When you're pregnant, it's easy to feel as though your favorite things are "off limits." From people telling you to avoid sushi, or that you can't have a simple, small glass of wine, it can be difficult to navigate the stresses of pregnancy without…
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