“Lovely book! This will be helpful to so many new moms. Great shower gift!” – Cathy Adams, Zen Parenting Radio


See my interview on KCRA’s show, “Common Ground.”


Read the Auburn Journal’s article on the book.



I also got to be on “Good Day Sacramento.”


New moms or moms-to-be, this is for you! (Moms on child two or three will appreciate it too!)

From the back cover:

Congratulations, you made it to motherhood! The joys that come with a new baby often are accompanied by difficult moments too: family adjustment, sleep deprivation, stress, and unrealistic expectations are all common experiences of a new mom. These are trying but wonderful times in your new world with a baby.

Getting support from moms who remember these issues and how to solve them can be hard to find. Let You Made It to Motherhood be your guide. Jennifer and contributing moms tell the truth: becoming a new mom has many challenges! But they also offer the help, hope, and advice to cope with these issues. New moms, or moms-to-be, will find reassurance and useful tips to adjust to this exciting transition to motherhood while enjoying their new babies at the same time.

Read the first chapter,  “A Major Change.”  


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The inspiration for the book!

Sacramento Parent Magazine review:

Jennifer A. Rodgers has written articles for Sacramento Parent and the Source Book, sharing her perspective and experiences with readers on a variety of topics as a freelance writer and drawing from her experience as a mom. I was excited to hear of her book, You Made It to Motherhood and receive a review copy.

Being the editor of a parenting publication and mom of two, I found the author’s perspective real and refreshing. As a new mom, sometimes the best thing to do is to throw the “shoulds” out the window and do what works for you and your new family. Rodgers reminds us that there are times when it’s okay to trust your instincts, even when it’s not entirely by the book.

If you are a new mom who is heading into motherhood with high expectations, you’ll find this book (and the mothers’ perspectives in it) reassuring when you realize reality isn’t quite matching up with your vision of what life would be like with a baby. While my kids are school-aged now, my time before kids often seems like a distant memory. Rodgers brought me right back to when I was a new mother. I can relate to many of the feelings and experiences she addresses from bonding concerns and breastfeeding struggles, to getting to know a new side of my husband in his new role as dad.

If you are looking for a book that reminds us that being a mom is not “one-size-fits-all” and candidly covers real issues, then you’ll love You Made It to Motherhood. Not only does this book remind us not to be so hard on ourselves (and our spouses) as new parents, but Rodgers offers many positive tips and sound advice as you embark on your toughest and most rewarding job ever… being a parent.

Shannon Smith is the editor of Sacramento Parent magazine, a parenting publication dedicated to connecting families with resources and sharing insightful articles since 1992.