birth-stories

What Is Motherhood?

What is motherhood? When I think of motherhood, I think of birth. Maybe that isn’t typical, but as a childbirth educator for the past six years and a mother of four young children, it is a natural enough thought for me. Though many think

The Birth of River

With every birth a mother is born.  Whether it’s your first or fifth birth, it is a transformative time, poignant and capable of creating personal revolutions.  As soon as my husband, Chad, and I found out we were expecting a baby, I knew I was

Turning Five

“Were you in labor at this time five years ago?” my husband asked last week as we were cleaning up the kitchen after our early Passover dinner. “No, not yet. I didn’t go into labor until 4am.” April 14, 2009 – 4am I’m awakened

The Myth of “Pretty” Birth

  As we have entered into the age of social media and digital photography, there has begun a wellspring of gorgeous birth photography, readily shared and re-shared across the world through forums and websites and outlets. This new-found access to images of all kinds,

The Lies We Live With

By Sheryl Paul Around the sixth month of my pregnancy with my second son, my hip locked up to the point of debilitating pain. I had experienced something similar in my first pregnancy, but the second time was more extreme and I knew I