Just Like It Was Yesterday!

On November 7, 2013, I went into labor with Bambino.  It was about 3.30a when the first real contractions started.  I waited for an hour like the doctors suggested to see if the contractions are real by timing there frequency.  When the contractions started coming about two minutes apart, I knew this was the real deal and it was time for me to go to the hospital.  I woke up my husband and told him that I think it was time.  My contractions seem different the second time around because it didn't seem that painful than the first time.  It was about four fort...more

Why I Had a Home Birth, and Why I Won't Again

"My husband was holding my hands and trying to calm me down, rubbing my hair, as I started pushing....more

The Baby Market

I am a birth story junkie. I hang on every word when women share their story of how their child made  their entrance earth side. I feel it is empowering for women to not only share their stories but also, to listen to other's birth stories as well. No one has the same story. Not one single story I have heard, read, or watched has been exactly like mine. That's the way life is. No one is exactly like me or you....more

But what about the women who WANT to have babies?

With all the news lately about “women’s issues” and women’s rights, there is an important point that is severely lacking attention and leaving me feeling frustrate, saddened and even angry....more
TerriLynnMerritts Unfortunately your story is similar to many American women, except you had the ...more

Iodine deficiency during pregnancy may cause brain damage for baby

Did you know that the World Health Organization considers idonine deficiency to be the most common preventable cause of brain damge?Even with the mandatory addition of iodine supplementation in bread in Australia (started in 2009), researchers found that some women are still iodine deficient. The good news is that women just need to take iodine supplements to keep their baby's brain and organs healthy....more

My Road to Motherhood

A few days before my first child was born I was frantically planting flowers in the garden.  This is California, and I was still trying to get the winter flowers into the ground before my first child was born. My nesting instincts had clicked in full gear and had extended to the yard as well as the house. I very clearly remember planting flowers along the base of the palm tree thinking I need to do this now while my hands are not busy holding a baby. I looked at my hands, and I knew that in a few short days they would be holding my first born....more

Pregnancy increases activity in right hemisphere of mother's brain

Can you guess what the right side of your brain controls? Yep. Emotional skills.New research indicates that during pregnancy, we have increased activity in the right side of our brain to make us "more sensitive during childbirth" so we can bond with our child.Apparently, our brain volume shrinks by 4% during pregnancy (but returns to normal after delivery- and I'd argue, after we start getting sleep!) and we have a slight decrease in memory and learning (READ: "Mommy brain is real!") to help prepare us for cognitive benefits once the baby is born....more

Midwife or OB? Homebirth, Hospital, or Birth Center? Factors to Consider

Midwife or OB? Homebirth or Birth Center? For mom's seeking a natural, intervention free childbirth these choices can be daunting and the considerations that go into the decision making process vary widely based on location and individual circumstances, but they often boil down to a few general categories: Safety and comfort; Cost; and Availability and Logistics....more

Let Me Guess: Daddy Dressed Her

 When a writing prompt asked what was the weirdest thing about my health, the question stumped me until I realized that my good health is weird; I mean, I had nine kids but I am tiny with the best good cholesterol my doctor has ever seen and such low blood pressure that if it was any lower I would drop dead. not one but three doctors have repeated the same words. This good health is a pure gift....more

Coming To Grips With A Hospital Birth

Did you all know that I was born at home? I was. My mom is a natural kind of woman and when it came to her babies, I was born at home (when we lived in New York) and my brother was born at the birthing center (in Delaware.) When I got pregnant, call me crazy, the last thing that was on my mind was how in the world I was going to give birth....more
MindyRoberts That is true!! One of the nurses told me they like to hold space in the rooms for ...more