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Guest Blogger Jenna Hull on The "Due Date" Thing

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“Ping!” You’re due. Like a Thanksgiving turkey. Like an oil change. You. Are. Due. What is in a due date anyway? One particular date? Out of 365 days of the year, this is thee day you are due. (Okay, okay, I know…it’s not really 365…it’s more like 280 or something.) Due with what? Ahhh…on second thought, let’s not go there…that’s another Oprah. Due dates are only accurate five percent of the time. I read this once. So…in other words…..due dates are inaccurate ninety-five percent of the time. Fabulous system. All the more justification for... read more

People’s Reactions When I Tell Them I’m Pregnant

About five seconds after we conceived this time, I looked like I was five months along, but we felt shy about telling people we were pregnant until I was almost at the end of my fourth month. “Was it a surprise?” The principal at my daughter’s school asked. “Were you planning it?” another mom wanted to know. “Were you so shocked?!” said a third parent. “Wasn’t it an accident?!” “My husband and I were joking that you must be turning into Mormons,” another friend said. “We were wondering if you are becoming religious,” was yet another... read more

And You Thought YOUR Belly Was Big

Here’s a picture of my friend Karen when she was nine months pregnant with her son. She’s comparing bellies with a friend who was almost eight months along. Tags: funny photo, pregnancy, pregnant belly This entry was posted on Tuesday, October 27th, 2009 at 4:23 am and is filed under funny photo, pregnancy, pregnant belly. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.     read more

Conference Addresses Childbirth Practices and Reproductive Rights

Oct 26, 2009Earlier this month, midwives, doulas, doctors, nurses, academics, researchers, students, activists, lawyers, and interested members of the public (including lots of moms and babies) gathered on the campus of Virginia’s George Mason University to discuss the current state of birth in the U.S. and elsewhere.“Perinatal: A Symposium on Birth Practices and Reproductive Rights” was a free, daylong multimedia event with panels on alternative birth locations, unassisted birth, childbirth and human rights, cross-cultural perspectives on birth, obstetrical abuse, legal... read more

On Being Pregnant For (Probably) The Last Time

“I’m really trying to enjoy this pregnancy,” I say to my friend Danielle who has three children. “Because I know I’ll never be pregnant again.” Danielle wags her finger at me. “Never say never,” she says. “You never know!” I laugh, more at the funny way she raises her eyebrows than at her words. I’ve always wanted to have four children, even before I met my husband at a party in graduate school where you had to dress in drag (which is why he was wearing a rhinestone-studded black flapper dress and I had on a construction hat, big boots, and a... read more

Once a Cesarean, Always a Cesarean: The Sorry State of Birth Choices in America

By Nicette JukelevicsIssue 123, March-April 2004 “No evidence supports the idea that cesareans are as safe as vaginal birth for mother or baby. In fact, the increase in cesarean births risks the health and well-being of childbearing women and their babies.”1 Years ago, I attended a childbirth educators’ conference session on elective repeat cesarean delivery and vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC). The speaker was a published expert on the subject and a practicing obstetrician-gynecologist affiliated with a highly ranked medical school. At the beginning of his... read more

Getting Ready for the Baby

Many women report a strong urge to get ready for the baby as they approach the third trimester. This is the ideal time to think about what you will need to buy, or ask to be given.You are likely to find that you don’t need as much as advertisers might like you to believe. You may want to have fun decorating a room for the baby, buying beautiful furniture, soft carpets, and an army of stuffed animals. This is not a requirement, however, and many of us will find it easier to hold off on too many purchases until we have had the baby and know more about what works best for... read more

Rekindling Romance

Now is the time to find creative ways to be together physically with your partner. Aromatherapy can offer a relaxing and sensuous atmosphere. Choose your favorite combination lavender, rose, sandalwood, and rosemary essential oils or use all four together. Add 3 drops of lavender and rose and 2 drops of sandalwood and rosemary to ¼ cup of olive, almond or grapeseed oil. Adjust the amount and scent to your preference.Find a comfortable place where you and your partner can recline for a foot massage. Spread out some towels to put under the... read more

Best Birth Videos

By Anna Payawal-Scanlon Issue 126 May/June 2004 I'm not a medical expert, midwife, doula, childbirth educator, or childbirth activist. I am the mother of two little girls, proud and happy about my drug-free hospital births, which took place with my husband in a quiet hospital birthing room with what I consider to be minimal and bearable interventions: the donning of a hospital gown; intermittent fetal monitoring; and, in labor, a heparin lock to keep a vein open, in case I needed an IV line (I didn't). I'm also lucky. Not all hospitals are as flexible as the one... read more

First Way for Dads to Change the World: Attend every prenatal class and doctor’s appointment

By Jeremy Adam Smith “I’m thinking about writing a series for my Mothering blog,” I told my wife, Olli. “Cool,” she said. “Do you have a title?” "'Fifty Ways Dads Can Change the World,'” I said. “Or maybe twenty five. Fifty is a lot. Anyway, it’ll be about the personal and political ways dads can make a difference in their communities.” “Like what?” “I was thinking the first item should advise dads to attend every doctor’s appointment.” “Really?” said my wife, as her eyebrows rose and an amused little smile creased her face. “Do you remember that Liko... read more

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