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November is National Adoption Month. This makes me somewhat conflicted. While I write about the topic of adoption a lot it doesn't come up that often in our daily lives. We are a family first, a family brought together by adoption second. There are many ways to celebrate this very important month - and while our family really won't be actively celebrating I can say that adoption has been on my mind lately. Between our current adoption journey and all the media hitting my in box this month the theme of adoption has been constantly running in the back of my mind....more

How to Deliver Great Meals to New Parents

Though I'm not a parent myself, I'm clear on this fact: Parents have to eat, and new parents have plenty to juggle without having to think about food. This is why I've always tried to be the friend who, at some point, shows up at my new-parent friends' houses with a casserole, roast chicken dinner, or other food that they can just reheat when they're ready. They've got enough on their plates ... but they need nourishment, too! ...more

We had almost 2 weeks of meal-delivery from friends after each of our babies was born. It ...more

Every Birth is Beautiful

Today, I have the honor of being the guest blogger for New Mommy Oasis.I talk about birth stories - beautiful and calm, or terrifying and humiliating.  Go ahead over and take a look.Giving birth is one of the most profound experiences a person can ever go through or witness. Whether it’s at home or in a hospital, completely natural or medicated, vaginal or cesarian – or, in my case, as part of a rushed clinical operation full of white masks and green walls – it is still yours, and it is still beautiful....more

Women's Bodies

When I read The Red Tent by Anita Diamant in high school, I hadn’t known that long, long ago, women’s bodies were in synch with each other and with nature: on the new moon, the women of a given tribe would gather in a tent for three days of menstruation....more

Learn As You Go

Welcome to my Momster Diaries Blog. I started this as a result of an assignment in my MSU New Media Class. As I was reading how to get started and being advised to write about a subject I was passionate about; something that would make me marvel at my own brilliance, I’ll admit not a lot of things were coming to mind that weren’t immediately crossed off the list. There were content limitations, subjects that felt more like work, and costs limitations....more

Do You Really Need One? California For-Profit Hospitals Are Performing More C-Sections

For-profit hospitals across the state of California are performing Cesarean sections at higher rates than nonprofit hospitals, a California Watch analysis has found. A database compiled from state birthing records revealed that, all factors considered, women are at least 17 percent more likely to have a Cesarean section at a for-profit hospital than at one that operates as a non-profit. A surgical birth can bring in twice the revenue of a vaginal delivery. ...more

Ok, since when are LA County and Riverside County essentially the same population? The hospitals ...more

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3 Addresses and the Year That Was

5 Ways to Prepare for Natural Birth

When I became pregnant for the second time, it took visiting my local doctor once for me to decide that home birth was a must for me. And although I’d considered home birth on occasion, when I finally settled into that route for my birth, it became a life-changing endeavor for my husband and I. Birth can be empowering. Transformative. And such a positive experience. Natural birth. Home birth. It can be all of these things and more. So, for whichever route you choose to approach your upcoming birth from, here are a few very simple but powerful ways a mother can prepare....more

What the New Home Birth Study Doesn't Tell You

Just something short and sweet today since there is so much hoopla over this new “Homebirth Study”.  Major problem I see with it?  It is not focused on planned home births with medical professionals which has been shown to be as safe as hospital births in other studies....more