Whose feet are these? Day 3 revisited

*Originally posted on this slow processWe didn’t want any help....more

Confessions of a Wildly Successful Doula

Confessions of a Wildly Successful Doula My name is Lesley Everest, and I am a wildly successful doula....more

What to Learn While in the Hospital

There are a number of important things that you have the opportunity to learn while you are in the hospital.You probably won’t have people volunteering to teach you these things, but make sure youask!...more

Can delayed umbilical cord clamping increase boys' social skills later?

A new study suggests that delaying clamping/cutting at birth may improve the social and motor skills of boys later.Because the cord is what supplies the blood from the placenta to the baby, the longer the delay, the more iron storage. (The baby receives up to one third more blood volume.)(We're talking 2 minutes, not hours.) Currently, the World Health Organization recommends delaying cord clamping for at least one minute; this may get that upped to two minutes....more

The Ultimate Heroine's Journey

Oprah once interviewed the legendary Jean Houston on her show Super Soul Sunday, where they discussed the Hero’s Journey, and how each one of us is called in our lives to undertake such a journey in order to become more of who we really are. ...more

I'm Proud of my Epidural

The more I read blogs, the more and more I end up reading birth stories. There's something innately special about a birth story. It's at the same time a personal and universal experience. There are endless ways to experience it - vaginal, c-section, medicated, unmedicated, in a hospital, in birth centers - the list goes on and on. Despite all these different methods, in the end its still the amazing act of bringing new life into the world, and its one of the reasons I love to read birth stories - they are so so different....more

12 Horrible Things You Aren't Told About Being a New Mom

As my own child gets older and I remember the first days through things like Timehop, I see friends on the verge of having their own first baby. It's a magical, amazing time, but there are also some truly horrific and horrible things that nobody tells you....more

The 33rd Annual Houston Chronicle Best Dressed Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion presentation benefiting the March of Dimes

Today marked the 33rd Annual Houston Chronical Luncheon and Neiman Marcus Fashion Presentation, benefiting the March of Dimes; in which was chaired by Rosemary Schatzman. I had the pleasure of asking a few questions to better acquaint myself with the mission, purpose and overall goals of the organization....more

Should You Let Your Kids Watch Your Next Birth?

I got into hot topic conversation on Facebook this week. It started as me truthfully answering a friend's curiosity question. And while I would usually leave it at that, or offer clarity/details if necessary, I got sucked in to the conversation because it was something I am so passionate about. My friend is expecting her third child and planning her third homebirth. She wrote: "When I tell people I might have my kids at my homebirth, they react one of three ways: 1) whatever. 2) it's too traumatic and scary. 3) it's too distracting for mom. 4) it's inappropriate. Just curious, what do you think?" What do I think? ...more
CaroleMcKee I completely disagree that birth is an adult thing, it is a life event just as death ...more

Birth Matters, but It Isn’t Everything.

Birth Matters.33% of babies are born via cesarean section. In some areas, that number creeps as high as 45%.66% of women who have a vaginal birth receive epidural anesthesia during labor; in some areas, that number is closer to 78%. Individual hospitals report rates as high as 95%....more