I Got a C-Section, a Cane and the Title of Mommy

I had a birth plan. I had an iPod playlist, a hospital bag and a birth plan. Three days after his due date, he stopped moving inside me. They discovered my amniotic fluid level was low. Then they discovered he was presenting face first. I had a birth plan. I got a c-section. Involving a crazy amount of blood-loss and an extended, very painful recovery period. And...a perfect little boy....more
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Un-Planning - My Journey to Motherhood

My journey to motherhood hasn’t been so much about planning, as it has been about UN-planning. I met my now-husband back in late September of 2007, when I somehow finagled my way into a “guys’ night” poker game. C was the handsome stranger across the table who was soft spoken and played like a pro, and I was immediately smitten....more

The Everyday Miracle Of Life!

 There is something so very refreshing, tender, warm, exciting and spanking new about a baby when it enters into the world! Especially when the Lord has provided a safe place within the womb of a loving Mother for a baby to be nurtured and develop!...more

Breaking through the waters

I had the privilege of speaking at my Church, Elevation, today.  For anyone who is interested in the text, or were not able to attend, I thought I’d re-post it here.My Pastor friend was speaking on Isaiah 61 from the Bible.  This Scripture talks about God’s desire to turn our mourning into dancing, to rebuild ancient ruins, and comfort the brokenhearted....more

Between Fear and Dreams: Birth Wants her Soul Back

I was recently sent a beautiful video of how nurses process their own grief when they've supported families through perinatal loss. The quality of a medical caregiver's presence can be pivotal in helping families who are dealing with grief, and my hats off to those who, with exquisite sensitivity and compassion, make a seemingly impossible path just a little smoother and more light filled. While for the most part the video was a guide to how nurses can move through their own emotions surrounding difficult experiences, it brought up important observations for me....more

A Doula's Blessing for a Beautiful Birth

May your birthing space be prepared in sacredness by those who attend you,as the Grandmothers do.May you climb and surf the mounting peaks with a spirit of adventure,as the Wanderers do.May you surrender to the Dreamtime and gather wisdom from its messages,as the Shamans do.May you roar your fullest Power into being, guided by blessed challenge,as the Warriors do.May you open courageously to the earthbound surge of inexorable manifestation,as the wolves, whales, and bears do....more

Birthing and Parenting:Be Who You Are, Do What You Feel

There are so many "shoulds" when it comes to birthing and parenting. There are so many ideals, many of them conflicting, it is amazing women in the childbearing year aren't walking around with their heads literally spinning....more

Share Your Birth Story

Actually Mummy...Last week Mummy decided to write my birth story. And she asked you to write yours too. If you have one already, please link up using the Linky tool at the end of the post. I will tweet every new link-up. If you haven’t written yours yet, but would like to, you can link up any time you like. We are open to new links for a year!...more

Overcoming Fear: Our Birth Story, Part 1

Today's NaBloPoMo prompt is about facing and overcoming fears. When I read the prompt, I wasn't sure what to write about. I considered taking the easy way out and writing about the zucchini we harvested from our garden last week. I went back and forth between before settling on the obvious choice. ...more

Share Your Birth Story

Actually Mummy......more