Mothering

Last week I had my first experience as a patient in a hospital in over 20 years. My only hospital experience prior to that has been as a member of the birthing team in the role of a labor support doula. I...

I have often heard of nurses and doctors rolling their eyes when a laboring mom comes waddling into the Labor and Delivery unit clutching a multi-page birth plan. I do think it is beneficial for the parents-to-be to educate themselves and explore all the...

I have never had the healthiest body image, and pregnancy and postpartum have definitely tested my sanity in terms of how I look and feel. During my first pregnancy, I was somewhere around 20 weeks when I "popped." I was relieved that I passed...

I recently had a very lively discussion with my friends and expectant first time parents, Denise and Shai. The conversation revolved around the idea that there is often a feeling of having to defend oneself against one's care provider or hospital. It is a fight...

I clearly remember the vision I had of what my maternity leave with my first baby was going to be like. It was the first time in my adult life that I would be away from work - well teaching at least- for an extended...

A few weeks ago, one of my good friends was facing labor induction. She was a week over her due date and her doctor wanted to induce at 10 days past. My friend had tried just about everything to get things moving. I had...

My first labor with my son, Shay, was an epic 42 hrs. That is 42 hrs from first recognizing there was a pattern to the contractions to my baby being born. I was completely taken back and slightly traumatized both physically and mentally by the...