We talked with Dr. Amy Brien, an obstetrician and gynecologist at Mayo Clinic Health System in Mankato, about an innovative Mayo Clinic-developed program called the Mayo Clinic OB Nest. The Mayo Clinic OB Nest is a new prenatal care model...
This is the third post in a surrogacy series, you can catch up on the first two posts here and here!  Years of heartache, hope and persistence got the intended parents to this point. For me, it was months of...
This is the second post in this surrogacy series. If you want to get caught up, read the first post where I announced my decision to become a gestational carrier.  A few days ago, I returned home from a short...
Actually, the more accurate term is “gestational carrier”. This means I will be carrying and delivering a baby for a couple who cannot have one on their own (that's the plan, at least). I will have no biological connection...
About a year and a half ago, I wrote this post about why we were waiting to expand our family and have baby number two. This seems ridiculous now because here we are, one year into trying to conceive...
It’s your third trimester and your baby is really growing! The third trimester appointments at Mankato Clinic were my favorite (if it's possible to have a 'favorite').  The anticipation of knowing that my due date was drawing closer.  The...
It’s your second trimester and you’re feeling good! When I was expecting my first baby, I remember counting the days until my second trimester.  I was plagued with extreme morning sickness and fatigue week after week during my first...
You did a home pregnancy test and it’s positive! It seems like just yesterday I found out I was expecting my first child.  In reality, it's been over 7 years since I saw those 2 pink lines for the first...
After having difficulties conceiving, Elissa and Ethan Karels welcomed their daughter Evelyn into the world on April 6, 2018, and felt incredibly blessed to meet their healthy baby girl at 35 weeks.     Elissa and Ethan received fertility services and...

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40 Free Things to do In + Around Mankato this Summer

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Summer break is officially here!  Every day has the chance to be an adventure, but adventures can get expensive! Our team has rounded up 40...