Entries by Raina Cowan

What TO Say to Someone Experiencing Infertility

Let’s start with what NOT to say to someone experiencing fertility struggles, or Infertility. –Don’t say “Relax, and it will happen” or “Stop stressing and let nature take it’s course”, or anything remotely like either of those examples. -Don’t say “Things happen for a reason” or “It will happen when (or if) it’s meant to […]

Legitimate, a post-Infertility/Adoption Reflection

A significant milestone happened the other day. I briefly picked up my 9 year old, resulting in a back spasm that brought me to my knees. Ibuprofen, ice, stretching and rest gave me time to ponder. This is no longer a little kid I can carry and hold. She is made of solid muscle and […]

Mother’s Day 2021 The Real “Real”

Pampers has created some enlightened campaigns in recent years. They’ve featured same sex couples, included dads, and affirmed the hard work of moms. Their website is chock full of educational resources for families on infant care, developmental milestones and more. Just in time for Mother’s Day, Pampers dropped a new ad. https://www.businesswire.com/news/home/20210506005945/en/Pampers-Launches-%E2%80%9CMillion-Acts-of-Love%E2%80%9D-Initiative-To-Inspire-Remind-Parents-Of-Their-Infinite-Capacity-For-Love This in itself […]

ANNOUNCEMENT: New Office!

As of July 1st, 2019, I have new digs! Situated between Logan Square and Avondale, my new office is located within blocks of the Logan Square Blue Line at 3411 W Diversey Ave, Suite 8, Chicago, IL 60647. The building is part of the Milwaukee-Diversey-Kimball Landmark District, so designated by the City of Chicago in […]

Other Mother’s Day

Mother’s Day 2019 is fast approaching and the birth of the latest royal baby in Britain is all over the news. I was born in London but grew up in the US. I visited my British grandparents many summers of my childhood and still have family there. As a mom of a multiracial child, who […]

State of Heart

Each February for approximately the past decade, I have created my own “heart” image to try to express the current emotional state of my heart. For years working in community mental health settings, I facilitated a weekly Women’s Art Therapy group. Every year around Valentine’s Day, I invited group members to make an image about […]

Resources for Infertility and/or Pregnancy Loss

Infertility/Pregnancy Loss is something I wouldn’t wish on my worst enemy. The inability to conceive and/or produce longed for children can be utterly devastating. It can test even the most resilient of people, the strongest relationships and shatter those on unstable footing at the start. For those who have not experienced significant losses prior to infertility, […]

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HeArts for Baby Carriage ON EXHIBIT!

If you are in or near Chicago/Evanston, please check out the brave group art exhibit and special events: Challenging Conception: the Art of Infertility in Chicago/Evanston, 10/13/18 from 6 – 9 pm at The Open Studio Project, 903 Sherman Ave, Evanston, IL 60202. I have 4 pieces in this show (which runs through November), one of […]