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Parents need self care

A pop-up clinic is trying to help.

Posted: May 6, 2018 10:52 PM

ROCHESTER, Minn. - It's no secret, parents sometimes feel a little tired, and can sometimes feel like they don't have enough time. 

"The stress of being a parent, keeping them safe," Phillip Berry, dad of two, said. "Going from work, then coming home, then having 5:30 to 8:30 is a small window to get time with them." 

But even with limited time with kids, Phillip makes sure to make time for himself. He said he makes an effort out every day to take care of himself. 

"You have to be selfish just a little bit, it affects everything. It makes the day go by better and it makes life go by easier," he said. 

Brittany Baker with Med-City Doulas, a support agency for families, said he's not wrong. 

"Solutions for each family are going to look different but you need to make sure you're prioritizing yourself so that you can take care of everything else," she said. 

Med-City Doulas put on a pop-up event at the Minnesota Children's Museum in Rochester to help families who may need advice. 

Brittany said self-care can be anything from a walk in the park or a call with a friend. For parents who aren't used to taking time for themselves, she advises them to look for resources in the community. 

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