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Claire Panyard


A Letter To My Pregnant Self: Receiving A Prenatal Down Syndrome Diagnosis

Dear (soon-to-be) Mama, Whew. Take a breath. You just received a life-changing phone call, a call that quite literally felt like a needle popping your innocent pregnancy balloon. This phone call never even crossed...

How Baking Helps Me Be a Better Mother

I grew up with a mom who was a pretty good baker. She always made a special holiday Chex-Mix and homemade poppy seed bread at Christmas time for our teachers. She will (still to...

A Midwesterners Ode to Lake Season

Some people love beaches. I admit I find the ocean to be a special place. But as a native Midwesterner, nothing beats those warm few weeks on a lake. Come Memorial Day weekend, I...

My Cerclage Success Story

Like many expecting new moms, I embraced the resources we now have - endless apps to track week by week, Instagram accounts dedicated to each stage of pregnancy, and calendars that help you monitor...

Transitions…Do They Ever End?

Have you ever heard the phrase “change is the only constant in life?” I am certain this has been told to me before, and I likely brushed it off. I never thought much about...

Five Children’s Books to Celebrate World Down Syndrome Day

Today is World Down syndrome Day - March 21st, a day that celebrates people who were born with three copies of the 21st chromosome. Admittedly, I did not know much about Down syndrome as...

Three Things I Have Learned in My First Year with Twins

As I am reflecting on this first year of life with my twins, it is easy to immediately think of the obvious hard aspects. The several hours a month preparing bottles. Changing approximately 10-12...

Confessions of an Over-Researched Twin Mom

I have enjoyed the “process” leading up to things my entire life. Packing for a vacation or sleep away camp, getting my school supplies ready at the end of summer, anticipating the decorating we...
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