It’s National Midwifery Week! And I feel so lucky to have found wonderful care with practices of CNMs in two different states. Midwives have delivered my two children, have counseled me through miscarriages, have overseen two healthy pregnancies, have discussed my birth control options,
The hands down best book I read about labor and delivery was The Birth Partner by Penny Simkin. It was required reading when I began training as a doula and I wished I had read it before the birth of my son. Of course
I know that many of us moms have had difficult, possible anxiety-ridden last few weeks. Going back to school is hard. How many posts on facebook have I seen where moms admit to crying in their car after dropping their small child off for
I became a NICU mom on October 27, 2006. Our twin baby “b” was born with pneumonia in her small lungs, and was hooked up to a ventilator for 10 days. Once home, I discovered that coming home from the hospital didn’t
I have a pack ‘n play that’s been used a handful of times and that’s it. Before my first was born, I dutifully set it up right next to the queen-sized bed I shared with my husband. I bought five sheets for it. I
Being on social media has advantages when you’re parenting for the first time. I had my previously-written-about group of awesome internet friends. I could share pictures of my new baby with my friends and family (whether they wanted to see 100 pictures of slightly
I write young adult novels, and in the writing community, there is an ongoing discussion about needing more diversity in the books that are published for children. A lot of these discussions have informed more than just my writing.
There are days I feel totally and completely incompetent. Take today for instance. My bedroom floor is littered with toys, books, and clothes. There are far too many water glasses on my dresser. My kitchen is messy and all of my daughter’s cloth diapers
There are so many things in this modern day that I feel aren't conducive to being a mother. But there is one thing about these years that is amazing: There are wonderful communities of mothers on the internet.
"Don’t think of it as pain. Think of it as an interesting sensation that requires all of your attention." ~ Ina May Gaskin -- Within this mindset, labor and birth can be a beautiful and wondrous time. Too often we hear stories that focus