Megan Standar

Founder and CEO
Raising Mama

Megan Stander is the founder and CEO of Raising Mama, a Southern California-based initiative dedicated to enhancing the postpartum experience for mothers. Through Raising Mama, she provides a platform filled with resources, support, and a community for women during pregnancy, birth, and beyond, aiming to empower them through these challenging times.

Transitioning from a successful career in the automotive industry, Megan's personal journey into motherhood inspired her to address the lack of societal support for new mothers. This led to the creation of Raising Mama as a comprehensive solution.

An enthusiastic writer, Megan contributes articles and resources to the Raising Mama blog, focusing on offering guidance and support to mothers. Her writings reflect her commitment to creating a supportive space for mothers, blending practical advice with emotional solidarity.

Originally from South Africa and a UC Santa Barbara alumna, Megan now lives in Ventura County, California, with her daughters. Her leadership at Raising Mama embodies a mission to create a world where mothers receive the support and connection they deserve.

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Understanding the Value: Why Bamboo Pajamas Are So Expensive

As mothers navigate the delicate postpartum period, the choice of clothing can significantly impact their overall comfort and well-being. Bamboo pajamas have been gaining immense popularity among new mothers, primarily due to their unique blend of comfort and sustainability. Bamboo fabric, with its soft texture and breathable nature, has emerged...

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Embracing Comfort: The Benefits of Bamboo Pajamas for Babies

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Bamboo pajamas for babies have been gaining popularity in recent years, becoming a favored choice for discerning parents. There is an increasing awareness about sustainability and a rising need for eco-conscious baby clothing, and bamboo fabric clothing completely fits the bill. These garments stand out for...

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Baby Gas Relief Techniques: Gentle Massages and Natural Methods for Relieving Infant Gas

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Infant gas is a common and natural concern, especially for new moms who are navigating the intricacies of early motherhood. This issue often manifests in the form of discomfort for the baby, marked by fussiness and crying, which can be a source of worry and uncertainty...

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Best Apps for Infant Development: Tracking Your Baby’s Growth

We all know how important it is to keep track of your little one's growth and milestones. The precious moments when your baby reaches a new milestone or achieves a developmental breakthrough are truly priceless. But with the whirlwind of new parenthood, it can be challenging to remember all the...

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Beyond the Cradle: How to Start Weaning from Breastfeeding

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Weaning from breastfeeding is a significant milestone in the journey of both a child and a mother. It involves transitioning the child's primary source of nutrition from breast milk to solid foods and other sources. This process is vital for a child's growth and development, providing...

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Sleep Deprivation: How Much Sleep Do Moms Really Need?

Sleep Deprivation: How Much Sleep Do Moms Really Need?

Are you a mom who often feels like life is an endless marathon, with no time to catch your breath? Do you frequently wake up in the morning, but instead of feeling refreshed, you find yourself still tired and groggy? If this sounds all too familiar, you're certainly not alone....

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How to Massage a Newborn Baby? - Your Guide to the Art of Gentle Baby Massage

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Gentle baby massage is a wonderful way to bond with your newborn and provide them with numerous health benefits. It's a soothing and calming practice that can promote relaxation, improve circulation, aid digestion, and enhance the development of your baby's nervous system.    In this guide,...

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Understanding the Shift: When Purple Crying Usually Starts to Decrease

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Delve into the world of purple crying. In this article, we will: Unravel the complexities of purple crying, a normal but challenging phase in infant development. Offer practical coping strategies and emotional support for new mothers. Highlight the value of Raising Mama's supportive network in navigating...

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How to Swaddle a Baby With a Blanket

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email As you accept the beautiful journey of motherhood, one of the first skills you'll find invaluable is swaddling. This ancient practice, known for its soothing and sleep-aiding benefits, is not only a method to calm your newborn but also a way to deepen your connection. Swaddling,...

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Postpartum Body Image Issues: Accepting Your Postpartum Body with Grace

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Welcoming a new life into the world is a miraculous and transformative experience, but it often comes with a set of challenges, particularly for mothers. One such challenge that deserves attention is the impact of postpartum on the body and the resulting concerns of body image...

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What To Do When Baby Won't Latch After Tongue Tie Release

Breastfeeding is a vital aspect of early parenthood, but it can come with unique challenges, particularly after a baby undergoes a tongue-tie release. This guide aims to provide essential insights and support for new mothers facing difficulties in breastfeeding post-tongue-tie release. Let's explore the nature of tongue-tie, its impact on...

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Is a Baby Sling Safe for a Newborn?

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Welcoming a newborn is a journey filled with love, joy, and immense responsibility. As a new mom, ensuring your baby's comfort and safety is paramount. Baby slings are popular for their convenience and nurturing nature, allowing close bonding while you manage daily tasks. However, safety is...

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15 Ways to Bond with Your Baby During the Early Months

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Bonding with your baby is a fundamental aspect of their emotional and cognitive development. It lays the foundation for a secure attachment that influences their overall well-being throughout life. In this article, you will find natural and fun ways to bond with your baby.  The emotional...

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Navigating the First 6 Weeks of Postpartum: A Rollercoaster of Emotions and Discoveries

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Adjusting to New Parenthood Bonding with the Newborn Hormonal Shifts, Emotional Changes, and Mental Wellbeing Breastfeeding Challenges Sleep Deprivation Physical Changes Change in Relationship Dynamics: In this blog, we'll explore: various aspects of the postpartum period better perspective on the hurdles that may come your way...

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Infant Bonding and Attachment: Connecting With Your Baby

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email This article aims to provide all new mamas: Actionable and scientifically-backed advice on infant bonding and attachment. Information about the various stages of infant bonding. Practical guidance on fostering a strong connection while emphasizing the importance of maternal self-care. As a new mother, you want to...

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Going Back to Work Postpartum

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Raising Mama Roadmap to Get a New Mama Back to Work: Embracing Mixed Emotions Childcare Arrangements Build a Support System Planning and Communication Establish Routine and Divide Responsibilities Prepare to Pump Self-Care Strategies Missing Out See Product You've brought a new life into the world. However,...

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5 Best Postpartum Essentials for Couples to Plan

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email The period after childbirth can be both a joyful and challenging time for new parents. No matter how prepared or unprepared you think you are, the reality hits differently. Bringing a newborn home-ushers in a multitude of life changes. As long as you have a postpartum...

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How to Recognize Signs of Postpartum Depression and Get Help

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Table of content What is Postpartum Depression? Risk Factors for Postpartum Depression Psychological Obstetric Social Lifestyle Recognizing the Symptoms Managing Postpartum Depression See Product Amidst the joy and wonder of motherhood, there exists a silent struggle that affects countless new moms—postpartum depression (PPD).   Around 1...

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Postpartum Anxiety 101: Symptoms, Risk Factors, Coping Skills

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Table of content Postpartum Anxiety: Signs and Symptoms Risk Factors What causes postpartum anxiety? Impact on Mother and Child Management and Treatment Coping With Postpartum Anxiety Social Stigmas Around Mental Health How Long Does Postpartum Anxiety Last? Several factors can influence the duration and severity of...

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Sweet Dreams and Safety: A Safe Sleep Guide for Infants

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email The arrival of a newborn brings boundless joy and a flurry of responsibilities for new parents. One of the most crucial aspects of caring for an infant is ensuring they get a good night's sleep in a safe environment. Safe sleep practices not only contribute to...

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What to Buy for After Birth, the Newborn Phase, and Postpartum

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email During my pregnancy, I was completely overwhelmed by the seemingly endless list of baby products available, and while I knew the basics, I found it challenging to discern what would truly be essential. Beyond the obvious necessities, I yearned for guidance on the items that would...

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Parenting Guilt: The Parent Trap

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Parenting is hard. Whether you're dealing with societal judgments, internalized expectations, or getting trapped in the fantasy of social media parenting perfection, 'Parent Guilt' is an emotion we can all relate to. More often than not, it’s the mom who goes through bouts of guilt and...

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Nurturing Healthy Sleep Habits In Babies

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email  As a new mama, you understand the importance of providing the best care for your precious little one. One of the most common challenges that new parents face is ensuring their baby gets enough quality sleep. Sleepless nights and exhausted days can take a toll on...

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The Sleep Journey: Navigating Every Stage from Newborns to Adulthood

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Everyone wants a good night's sleep and loves seeing their kids sleep soundly. But in the crazy world of being a parent, this can feel like an impossible goal. I genuinely understand the struggle. As a mom who's navigated sleep issues with babies as well as...

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Finding Inner Strength: Daily Affirmations for New Moms on Their Journey

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Becoming a new mom is an incredible journey that is filled with joy, love, and challenges. It's a time of immense change and growth, both physically and emotionally. As a new mom, it's important to find your inner strength to navigate through the ups and downs...

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How a Postpartum Support Groups Online Can Assist During the Fourth Trimester

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Popular culture often paints motherhood as an idyllic journey, making it seem like there's a seamless transition into this new role. The reality, however, can be quite different. The postpartum period, commonly known as the "fourth trimester," is an intense and often challenging time for new...

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Are You at Risk for Postpartum Depression?

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Motherhood is an experience marked by joy, anticipation, and profound changes. However, amidst this transformative period, it's crucial to acknowledge and understand the potential risk factors that can contribute to postpartum depression. Around 1 in 7 women can develop postpartum depression (PPD). While the stats can...

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Best Gifts for New Moms in Postpartum

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Whether you are the husband, partner, parent, friend, relative, neighbor, acquaintance or a colleague of the new mom or the mama shopping for herself, here are our best new mom postpartum gift ideas that you just can't go wrong with. Gifts do not have to be...

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Raising Mama A Comprehensive Guide to Nursing Your Newborn Empowering Your Breastfeeding Journey

A Comprehensive Guide to Nursing Your Newborn: Empowering Your Breastfeeding Journey: Insights, Techniques, and Community Support

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email Welcoming a newborn into your world is like navigating uncharted waters: it’s thrilling, overwhelming, and filled with the joy of discovery. Especially for first-time mothers, the delicate art of breastfeeding, with its profound benefits and myriad challenges, can seem like a universe unto itself. The harmony between...

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The Ultimate Parenting Hack: Choosing the Right Partner for a Lifetime of Support

Facebook Pinterest Twitter Email As you embark on this incredible journey of transitioning into motherhood and becoming a parent, it’s important to remember that having a strong and supportive partner can make all the difference. The number one hack for being a parent and alleviating the challenges of postpartum is choosing a...

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