C-Section Words of Wisdom

So, you're having a Caesarean section. If you were planning for a different type of birth experience, do not despair. I can remember how devastated I was when I found out that I would be unable to have my out-of-hospital natural birth—I cried for a couple of weeks....more
AngeleLafond Very true!  I was likely the exception, as I had heavy bleeding for several weeks, ...more

39 Weeks is the New Full-Term for Babies

Getting uncomfortable towards the end of your pregnancy, feeling as if your internal organs may burst if that child doesn't stop squirming against your bladder? You may need to hold on for a few more weeks. While it's only a change in semantics, this shift in language may have far-reaching effects in how doctors schedule procedures such as cesarean sections at the end of a pregnancy. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists announced yesterday that they are creating four distinctions to mark the end of a pregnancy. ...more
As a neonatal nurse, this isn't just a change of semantics or a way to make life harder for ...more

Monday's Child

IShrinkThereforeIam wrote what I thought was a hilarious post about the birth of her first child. It reminded me that even with two of my own, I never once experienced the joy that is natural childbirth. Due to previous medical issues, my doctor thought it best to not force the issue.So she was able to choose the birthdates for both my son and daughter, which I didn’t really mind since, with her day for scheduled deliveries being Monday, it meant that both of my young ones are fair of face. ...more

So you're having a c-section

I had my first scheduled c-section in December, 2004 with my daughter after my doctor determined that I would be unable to have her naturually. My second was with my son in April, 2004. While I know that doesn’t make me an expert, it does make me experienced....more

I'm Sick of Apologizing for My C-section

Did you know that April is Cesarean Awareness month? I didn’t. I didn’t even know such a thing existed. A little over two years ago I had a scheduled C-section. When I found out that my primary method of delivering Els was by C-section I was upset. I cried and felt like a failure. My body in my eyes was failing me and a C-section was the worst thing possible. I was naive and stupid for thinking that way. Now over two years later I blame the media and birth propaganda for making me feel like a failure and taking away some of the excitement of Els’ birth. ...more
Right on mama! Thanks for putting this out there because it's SO TRUE. You shouldn't have to ...more

Mother's Day Eve Brought Me Back to Life

The 2008 Missoula Mother’s Day Eve Bash brought me back to life. That’s not hyperbole. I still remember the car ride home afterward, grinning from ear-to-ear with radio blaring, knowing my husband would stare amused and amazed: What the hell have you been doing?...more

Dear Kate Winslet

So  the media is all abuzz because you  lied about the emergency c-section delivery of your first born baby a few years ago.  You recently fessed up about that lie after the natural labor and delivery of your second baby, and I'm really glad you're satisfied with that birth and I hope you feel better about yourself....more

T Minus 2.. or 3... or 9

So, these last days leading up to the baby’s estimated due date have been quite the emotional whirlwind for me....more

How To Have A Good C-Section (or, how I learned to stop worrying and love major surgery)

I woke up the morning of January 8th, 2011, and lay in bed, waiting for Theo to kick me good morning. I was 34 weeks pregnant, and this was our wake-up ritual: he would wriggle around like a maniac, and I would spend a few minutes lying on my side, rubbing the outline of his body and telling him what we were going to do that day. Sometimes he would stick his feet in my ribs, and I would tickle his toes. Sometimes he would take a big stretch and I would try to map out how he was sitting inside of me.That morning, though, I didn’t feel anything....more

My child is breech. Again.

So remember when I said that this child is stubborn?Well, I wasn’t lying.He flipped. Again.Which means we’re on a one track train towards c-section-ville.Don’t worry, I’ve still got five pieces of entertainment for ya today:...more