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

It Takes a Village to Raise a Child, and Sometimes It Takes One to Have a Child

The bones of my birth story and becoming a mother are like everyone else's: a woman in labor in the hospital; the hum of the equipment monitoring the woman and the baby; the nurses moving in and out; moans as the contractions intensified and soothing words. The details are different. I was not the woman in labor although the baby being born was my biological child. ...more
Good to hear your experiences as a mother. We adopted a kid an year back and now we say that its ...more

Mama Strong

Becoming a mama defiantly proved to me that I was a physically strong woman. Two years ago I pushed out a screaming 7lb baby boy. Now that takes strength- and a strong epidural! What is paradoxical about birth (no matter if its vaginal or c-section) is that its just a moment in your life as a mama. For first time mom's the perception is that this is the pinacle moment. The be all and end all of motherhood. Its not. Its just a first step in the long road that twists and turns. The birth of my little boy was undoubtably the most amazing day of my life but it was just a day....more

Lark Story...a birth story...

Just ten short weeks ago, I gave birth to my daughter, my Lark with her is more than I could have ever imagined. And it happened like this... ...more

This Is A Birth Story

I’d like to tell you a birth story.  But this is not a story about a baby.  This is a story about a woman.Megan, my little sister, has had two babies and I was in the labor and delivery room for both births, a girl, named Vivi, and a boy, named Milo.  While their births were, like most births, little miracles, it was while watching my sister labor that I saw the rarest of beauties....more