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

Motherly Advice

I hold these truths to be self-evident, that all parents and kids are not created equally, but are wholly individual in personality and style....more

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Birth Advocates or Extremists in Disguise?

In the past week I have been watching twitter closely and observing a first time mother become overdue and some of the comments she got as she considered talking to her provider more about labor induction. While I am not someone who supports labor induction for non medical reasons, I am someone that supports women being able to make their own educated choices in their health care....more

Highway Robbery...I Mean Health Insurance

Just got off the phone with my health insurance provider. Trying to get them to pay *their share* of the homebirth. You know, the one I discussed with them a year ago. The one they agreed to pay 80% of. Well, let’s just say I’m having trouble calling them a “provider.” They cut a check for less than 40% of the homebirth. Can you imagine if your partner “provided” for you like insurance companies manage to?...more

Preparing for a Wedding vs. Preparing to Give Birth: How Much Time Do You Invest?

I read a tweet this week by Kristen (@OmahaBabyLady) that made me take pause. She said, "Why will people plan for a year for their wedding but 12 weeks of childbirth classes is too long? WTF?" I'd never thought of it in that way before, but it resonated with me. Many people spend a year or longer planning and preparing for their wedding, but how much time do they spend preparing for the life-changing and life-giving event of giving birth to their child? ...more

Raising kids is a lot like weeding the rose bed, well worth it, ...more

March 25, 2010

It's still surreal to me to look back at the blog post I made this year on March 25. It's short, only ninety words, but powerful. It's from the day my friend's little brother died; it's from the day my friend's daughter was born....more

Would You Tweet a Birth? Would You Bring Your Laptop to the Delivery Room?

In addition to considering which people you want in the delivery room, women giving birth today also need to contend with what technology to bring to the stirrups. I'm not talking about sonograms or epidural pumps. There are Twitter, Facebook, and blogging to consider. There are cell phones, computers, Blackberries, iPhones, cameras and Flip videos to trot out. People are livestreaming their birth experience! ...more
I updated my blog throughout my labor. Easy to do with wifi and a laptop, and I have no regrets!more

Would You Let Your Mother (or Mother-in-Law) Watch Your Child's Birth?

I invited my mother-in-law to come to one of the numerous ultrasounds we had of the twins back when we were pregnant. I felt like it was only fair since I not only invited my mother to come to a few appointments, but I would have been personally crushed if my mother hadn't taken me up on the offer. I was a new mum-to-be after a long time of waiting to become a new mum-to-be, and if my mother had shared in the crappiness of infertility with us, I wanted her there to celebrate in the joy of impending parenthood with us. ...more
I recently asked my daughter and her husband if I could attend one of their ultrasound ...more

New York City to Moms: No More Home Births

I've always wanted to live in New York. For a long time, I imagined that living in New York meant having access to anything you want, whenever you want it -- great pizza! real bagels! somebody who knows somebody who's touched Donald Trump's hair! -- all against the backdrop of bright lights and big city and possibly Sarah Jessica Parker loping in tutus in front of buses. Which, from what I understand from friends who live in New York, is mostly all true, except for the Sarah Jessica part. ...more

Like you, I've never been a home birth advocate. I had my daughter in the hospital with an ...more