Sharing the germs with your baby

My son was born via C-section. That definitely was not the way that I wanted to go, but that is the path we had to take. And at the end of the day, I had a healthy baby boy, so that is all that mattered to me. I did the skin-to-skin contact and breastfed him as soon as I was able because I had read so much research on those connections being important to a newborn....more

A Birth By Any Other Name

Earlier today I read this post on the Scary Mommy blog, which was biting back at all those people (mostly women) who seem to think that if you aren't squirting babies out of your fun house after hours of excruciating and unmedicated labor, then somehow you aren't a "real woman."  Personally?  I think that's one of the biggest crocks of bullshit I've ever heard....more

The day my son was born was the best day of my life...and the worst.

My son was born on September 26, 2014 via a scheduled c-section.  He was a footling breech baby, who stubbornly refused to turn, even with a ECV (external cephalic version).  Note: if you decide to try one, get the epidural, don't be brave.  Because it sucks.  A lot.  My OB said that I could schedule a c-section or start labor and see if he would turn during active labor.  My husband and I decided a c-section was the safest course of action, and we scheduled it for the day before my due date, in order to maximize my paid maternity leave. ...more

a C-section was not plan...but I am grateful

Pecked2DeathByChckns Thank you, glad to be sharing this experience with you! It is tough isn't ...more

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
I just wrote an post related to this. I actually wanted a c-section. And at times feel so ...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