Rhiannon Williams

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How to Graciously Say No to Anyone

It was the kind of email that makes your shoulders clench up tight, right by your ears.<p>A friend—not a super-close one, but one I respected and …

How to Use Your Anger to Help Yourself

<b>“Everything that irritates us about others can lead us to a better understanding of ourselves.” ~Carl Jung</b><p>I’ve experienced many degrees of anger …

Self-help

How To Stay Safe After Leaving An Abusive Relationship

The most violent time in an abusive relationship is the minute the woman leaves, or tries to leave. In fact, in domestic violence cases, more than 70 percent of injuries and murders happen after the victim leaves. This phenomenon is known as separation assault. After following the Exit Action Plan …

Five Life Lessons From Five Convicted Felons

Over the past year, I met and became friends with five convicted felons. It's easy to write someone off because of their past. It's not as easy to listen, understand and learn. It's not easy to let down your guard, put aside your ego and be open to the possibility that you might be wrong. But you …

Happiness

The List of Losses That Came With Having A Preemie

In case you have missed all the social media posts, November is Prematurity Awareness Month. This month, I’m going to attempt to write a handful of …

Parenting

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{Professional Insight} A Journalist Shares Her Take on Writing as Therapy

<b>You never forget the day your preemie was born.</b><p>You probably didn’t expect it. You definitely didn’t want it. And, if you’re like me, it led to many …

Parenting

10 Life Lessons from the NICU

If you’ve never stepped foot in a neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), you might be tempted to think it’s a bustling place filled with baby noises …

Pregnancy

Rehashing Old NICU Feelings

Despite a relatively quiet 25 days in the NICU, I still had a hard time managing the ups and down that come with it. While I was thrilled to be a …

Pregnancy

Finding Someone Who Understands How Hard the NICU Experience Is

<i>Watching a vulnerable child during a NICU stay is emotionally draining and difficult whether your child has many complications or just a few.</i> …

Pregnancy

Being Chosen as a Preemie Mom

Being able to hold Kylie made my day!<p>I spent a lot of time during our NICU stay, as well as some time after we were home, battling thoughts in my …

Parenting

When Friends & Family Just Don’t Get the NICU

I still tense up when someone who’s pregnant says, “Oh, I hope I go early. I can’t stand to be pregnant one more day.”<p>It’s hard to attend baby …

Parenting

Raising Preemies: Does It Get Easier?

A new preemie mom asked me on my personal blog, “Does it get easier?” – such a seemingly simple question to which I had no answer. My answer would be …

Finding Forgiveness

J was born 94 days early. I was in shock for at least a week after his birth, stumbling around in a dream-like state. When I awoke, I was furious. I …

Pregnancy

Let Her Eat Cake: First Birthdays for Preemies

J with his first cupcake<p>We just celebrated another preemie first birthday. And it was almost as difficult as the first.<p>With my son, who was a …

The hidden, human cost of 'distressed' babies: NICU parents suffer PTSD symptoms

When your baby spends the first weeks of life close to death, parenting is never quite the same. So as her son’s first birthday approached, what should have been a happy occasion left Kelli Kelley engulfed by memories of his traumatic birth.<p>“I almost felt like I had the flu for a couple of weeks …

What I Learned From Marriage Counseling

Scott and I with our oldest and youngest, three days before NICU discharge.<p>Counseling. That wasn’t a word I used, or though of, often. After all, my …

Friendships During and After Crisis

Friendships can crumble. Over the days and weeks and months of a NICU stay and even after discharge, friendships and family relationships can become …

Parenting

This Is The Face Of PTSD #preemiemoms

I’m sitting on a slotted wooden bench, nearly shoulder to shoulder with the other moms. We’re strangers mostly but we share a common thread, linking …

Pregnancy

A Mother’s Love

I’ve felt it and said it a few times and if you’re the mother of a premature child, you may have thought the same too. When my premature children …

Anger? Resentment? Preemie Parents are only Human

After my daughter, a 28-week preemie, was born, it was the better part of a year before I could look at a woman with a big pregnant tummy and not …

Pregnancy

How A Preemie Birth Affected My Relationships

My baby, Charlie, was born the day she reached twenty six weeks gestation and weighed a mere one pound eleven ounces. Where as most babies are …

Pregnancy

When Birthdays Bring Both Celebration and Sorrow

Birthdays are a big deal… especially when you begin life more than 17 weeks before your due date. My surviving triplet is considered a “22 weeker”, …

Parenting

It’s Okay, Preemie Parent

I remember the day Charlie was born like it was yesterday. I spent the ten days prior in the hospital hoping and waiting. However, nothing could …

Our Journey through the Neonatal Care Center

I am 4’9″ and weigh only 100 pounds, so carrying just one baby would likely be hard on my body. Then my husband and I found out we were expecting …

Pregnancy

To the NICU Nurse… Thank You.

Joseph and his primary nurse, Renee’, on day 100 in the NICU.<p>I had never met a NICU nurse until the early hours on Halloween morning 2009. In all …

Pregnancy

What It's Really Like to Give Birth Prematurely

"My heart grows with each milestone that I feared he would miss, each hug I thought I might not receive. He's my miracle."<p>It takes 40 weeks for a pregnancy to reach full term. About 12 percent of all births in the United States are considered premature, which means labor and delivery happen before …

Pregnancy

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How to Remove Hurdles to Writing for Students with ADHD

Studies suggest that more than half of children with ADHD struggle with writing. These students may have an overflow of creative ideas, but often …

33 ADHD-Friendly Ways to Get Organized

Getting your life in order is a key step toward reaching your goals. No secret there. So why do we put up with chronic disorder at home, at work, and …