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Life after birth - Cool author’s guide tackles questions, concerns for new moms

By: Gloria Young /Journal Staff Writer
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‘You Made it to Motherhood’
A guide for new moms
Published: Feb. 15
Where to find it: Available at Amazon and at jenniferarodgers.com.
price: In paperback at $13.95
When she found out she was going to be a mom a decade ago, Jennifer Rodgers looked for a book that addressed the issues of motherhood. When she had trouble finding one, she decided to write her own. 
The results, “You Made It to Motherhood: A Guide for New Moms” published in February, shares the insights she learned through experience, research and talking to other mothers. 
 “(I) interviewed other new mothers and discovered that they were all struggling with many of the same problems: the stress of caring for a baby, the life change, the lack of sleep, postpartum depression, and more,” she said in an email.
Rodgers, who lives in Cool and is the mother of two, focuses on mothering during the baby’s first year of life, with encouragement, advice and tips.
The book is divided into three parts: bringing home your baby, common feelings and realizations of a new mom, and coping strategies for the new mom.
As part of the research, Rodgers had members of a new moms’ group at an area hospital fill out a questionnaire.   
“It’s mostly my experience and their experiences and the common themes from those experiences that we all shared,” she said. 
One of the important messages the book conveys is for mothers to know they are not alone in the experience. 
“We’re all in this together and there’s hope to be found,” she said.
Rodgers also emphasizes an appreciation for the natural instincts that come into play. 
“You are a very important force in your baby’s life, even if you don’t feel like you are,” she said. “We all bond at some point with the baby — even some who don’t feel like it. We have intuition we can utilize even if we don’t think we do. It’s really hard to become a new mom and to recognize and accept that makes it a lot easier.” 
Along with lots of common sense advice are tips on how to deal with sleep deprivation and recognizing postpartum depression.
One chapter discusses guilt.
“(For example), feeling guilty about not nursing. … All  moms feel guilty at some point about something,” she said.
Rodgers has a master’s degree in English and writes for Sacramento Parent Magazine. She grew up in the Bay Area and has lived in Cool since 2005. Her blog, Figuring it Out, discusses the many facets of family life, health and other topics. 
Her next writing project is a young adult fiction novel about Japanese internments in World War II.