When I had my first homebirth, I lucked out. I found a midwife who quickly became my dream-come-true. (In case you’re planning a homebirth in California’s Bay Area, Judy Luce rocks!) At the time, she’d been a midwife for 30 years, knowledgeable, experienced, and holding high ethics. And she really helped transform my pregnancy into a time of self-awareness, and my birth into an empowering experience.
As we arrived… Continue
Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 11, 2010 at 5:30am —
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Whether you’re planning a medicated or a ‘natural’ birth, birth plans are important for a few reasons:
1) Birth is a big deal physically–for mother and baby. Birth plans allow you to take charge of your health. Continue
2) Writing a birth plan forces you (and if you’re…
Added by Jeanine Ertl on May 4, 2010 at 8:30am —
embodies everything that a doctor should be.
Medical crisis’s are a time of great emotional, physical, and financial
anguish. Medical professionals often overlook or ignore all the elements
between providing care and receiving payment. But, not Dr. Sean
Daneshmand, an obstetrician specializing in high-risk pregnancies.
CNN tell the story… Continue
Added by jo on April 28, 2010 at 10:00am —
For those of you who love birth stories, I’ll share my first two at a later date. Until then, here’s a follow-up to Birth
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#3: Visualization and Meditation, and how those two techniques ended up working out for me.
Glenn was born early one snowy morning at our home in the mountains. I’d… Continue
Added by Jeanine Ertl on April 27, 2010 at 6:23pm —
During pregnancy, I go into survival mode. I function in a focused way, with each feeling and action being amplified and less circuitous.
Hungry seems to instantly become starving–EAT!
Thirsty one moment feels dehydrated the next–DRINK!
Tired quickly becomes exhausted–SLEEP!
And those dirty dishes…well, they always reminded me that I was hungry, thirsty and tired–Yes, and… Continue
Added by Jeanine Ertl on April 26, 2010 at 11:49pm —
Are you pregnant and want a natural birth? Then you'll want to read this!
My next New York City Moms blog post is up and running! It’s called Natural Birth, Duggar Style. This article is generate some interesting comments (and heated
What do you think, do you feel — like me — that more
women could achieve a natural birth if they had educated themselves more about how the hospital is set up to push you into C-sections and believed more strongly in their ability to… Continue
Added by Dagmar Bleasdale on February 12, 2010 at 5:50pm —
I read this post today from Bored Mommy who is anything but boring. Someone left a bizarre comment about how being a Mommy (or Mummy) rather than a Parent, is somehow undignified and infantile. It's incredible, really. Continue
I am Mummy, okay…
Added by Holly Ward on February 8, 2010 at 8:03am —
Original Posting at NewlyParents.com here
Sometimes when you compare things you realize that they really aren't the same at all.
Wifey: I can't wait to meet our baby! It will be like opening a present on Christmas morning!
Husband: Except in this case your present will be opening… Continue
Added by Newly Parents on February 1, 2010 at 9:00am —
The other day, a woman at work mentioned that she was terrified to one day find herself in labor. Without skipping a beat, I replied, "Women are so overly dramatic about it. It's not that bad."
Yes, I said that. Really. And at the time, I meant it. As soon as it left my mouth, however, a little voice inside of my head -- the Memory Keeper, perhaps -- laughed.
The first half of my statement I stand by. Hollywood paints labor as a gory, blood-curdling nightmare where women… Continue
Added by Michelle Horton on January 17, 2010 at 11:26am —
I am now a Mom of 2 Boys!
3 Weeks ago I gave birth to our second son, William. He's already showing his family traits too, started before he came out...because he didn't want to! Stubborn as all the rest of the males in his bloodline...
William was due on December 15th, the day came and went and on the 21st I got a call to come be induced. After a very painful labor (I wanted the epi, but because of car accident, the Dr's were unable to hook me up so I felt… Continue
Added by Jennifer on January 10, 2010 at 8:00pm —
Original Posting at NewlyParents.com here
We were given this list of questions and answers during our last prenatal class, Breathing & Relaxation. We thought you might find them as humorous as we did.
Q: I'm two months pregnant now. When will the baby movie?
A: With any luck, right after he finishes college.
Q: What… Continue
Added by Newly Parents on December 30, 2009 at 10:00am —
This one’s long. Are ya ready?
Ok, so while I AM known for having difficult pregnancies, IE: 4 kiddies out of 8 pregnancies, my deliveries just got easier and easier as each one was born. Our 3rd child, Callie, pretty much jumped out of the womb and into the Dr’s arms! 30 minutes of active labor and BAM, she was out!
For some strange reason, I seem to have a major phobia of all things medical. So back in June, when told our daughter was breech and I’d require a… Continue
Added by Crystal Martin on November 19, 2009 at 11:41am —
Have you heard about the woman who's going to give birth live on the internet? That's right, according to Boston.com, Lynsee (that's two "E's"), a 23 year-old teacher from Minneapolis, is going to bring forth her 1st child live on camera for the whole world to see.
Am I shocked? Not really. Grossed out a bit, but not shocked. She's going to famous. Really, really famous...for like half a day...maybe longer if she goes for the Petocin. Now who doesn't want that?
Added by Sarah Maizes on November 6, 2009 at 1:34am —
Sometimes life passes us so quickly that we don't have time to stop and realize that the choices that we make really do affect who we are as a person. We rush to work, school, parties and family events. We rush to pay bills, buy fun toys and raise our children. We are constantly pushing ourselves to the next level. When our kids are babies we say I can't wait for them to walk and talk. When they are toddlers we say how we can't wait for them to be preschoolers so they can do certain things.… Continue
Added by Bethany Jones on September 21, 2009 at 6:01pm —
One year ago today, my little miracle landed in my life.
Literally, landed. After hours of back labor and doctor drama (a story in itself), Jayden Eli surprised everyone by arriving in a rush and landing on the hospital floor. The nurse had just enough time to put her hand under his head, but the rest of him met the ground with an audible splat. How was it the doctor put on the chart? Oh yes, “arrived precipitously on the hospital floor.” He was immediately nicknamed Crash.…
Added by Rachel Rene on September 17, 2009 at 4:24pm —
Added by morgan on June 6, 2009 at 12:30am —
In the beginning....
The gods were women.
There are still vestiges of this in our modern culture. "Mother Earth." "Mother Nature."
Mankind was so awed by the magical ability of the Earth to bring forth life every spring that they made her a god. Most ancient origin myths, even in later, patriarchal societies, began with the Earth giving birth to the other gods.
The Great Goddess nurtured her people, fed them, and… Continue
Added by The Mother on May 18, 2009 at 9:57am —
Funny how special occasions like weddings and funerals and birthdays cause you to reflect. My oldest daughter is turning 7 this Saturday. There's nothing really significant about 7. It's not her first birthday. She's not entering her preteen years or sweet sixteen or eighteen, none of those significant age markers. But somehow this birthday seems to be having an impact on me. The thought of my daughter turning seven, that seems so old when she's so young.
I've been thinking back to… Continue
Added by Carrie Anne Badov on April 16, 2009 at 5:13pm —
This was originally posted on my blog at www.centralcoasttoday.com.
After having been here nearly 8 months, I am still in shock about the lack of options for expectant moms in central coast.
I have come to learn that there are a couple of hospitals, and one or two home-birth midwives in the area as far as birthing options, and THAT IS IT.
The nearest freestanding birth clinic… Continue
Added by LaylaBeth on April 10, 2009 at 3:52pm —
I would like to start featuring your stories of how your children came into the world, No, more like your story of becomming a mom.
For me, I wrote about the birth of my first child and I'm going to write the birth of my second child soon. If you would like your story on my site I would love to share it with people. I will also link to your blog and describe what your blog is about.
The Birth of Zoe
I look… Continue
Added by Louise on March 24, 2009 at 5:30pm —