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

Embracing the Tiger

  I’ve got to be honest. I’ve been rather lackadaisical about this second pregnancy. I mean, getting preggers again after only 18 months since Em’s birth has made me feel pretty “been there, done that” about this whole thing. I’ve actually felt quite guilty about my lack of nervousness and anticipation....more
Thank you, Laine! I can't believe it is only 10 weeks away either, but I'd give my right arm for ...more

Natural birth - not C-sections - triggers the release of brain-boosting proteins in newborns

Obviously, not all c-sections can be avoided. But with more women scheduling them due to calendar conflicts (theirs or their doctor's), here's another reason to think twice:There's a protein that's triggered when you give birth vaginally that improves brain development and function into adulthood. It's called UCP2 and it's vital for the development of the hippocampal neurons and circuits.The hippocampus is the area of the brain that's responsible for short-term and long-term memory.Read it yourself:...more

The Quest for VBAC: Waiting for the Right Time

I feel completely cheated. But I also feel like it is my fault. At the same time, I feel like the fault lands on society, and its lack in educating future mothers. In November of last year, I had a Cesarean due to breech presentation of my son. My OB scheduled my c-section at thirty-nine weeks, and I asked, if it wasn't an emergency why schedule it early? Why not at 40 weeks? Why not wait to see if at the last minute the baby would natural turn himself around....more
My birth experience wasn't at all as I wished. I went into labor way to early, I had my son at ...more

I Want a VBAC, But I Don't Know if I Can...

Emmy’s birth was a far cry from the one I had imagined. In the days leading up to the projected date of my daughter’s birth, I daydreamed about what it was going to be like. I envisioned a semi-panicked ride to the hospital in the back seat of my husband’s car. I envisioned begging for ice chips and cold washcloths to cool my forehead, and singing very loudly through my contractions as they got closer and closer together. I envisioned groaning and moaning, and walking and squatting, and burning and possibly screaming....more
Oh, that's a hard situation to be in and I totally get what you are saying.  I read a bunch of ...more

Soap on a Rope: 9 Things I Wish I Knew Before My C-Section

I learned yesterday that one of my fave CILs (cousin-in-laws) is scheduled to deliver her first child via c-section in two weeks. Immediately, I wanted to compile a list of things to tell her beforehand so that she would be better prepared than I was. These are some of the things I wish someone had told me before my own c-section: 1) Arm restraints. They might strap your arms down for the surgery....more
This was really a great read. Thanks for sharing mama!more

The Scar

I don't have scars from childhood, not from the times that I fell of my bike, not from the many times that I fell down the stairs. I don't have scars from picked mosquito bites or scabs like my mother said I would....more

Make the Birth Experience Your Own and After Pregnancy Tips

Recently, I began posting some topics exclusively on ModernMom, for women going through the pregnancy and postpartum time of their life.  Thought you might be interested in reading those posts or passing them on if you know someone pregnant or newly delivered.    One is titled, What to Pack for a Planned C-Section: http://www.modernmom.com/blogs/elaine-plummer/what-to-pack-for-a-planned...Another is:  Post-Pregnancy Body Blues http://www.modernmom.com/blogs/elaine-plummer/post-pregnancy-body-blues...more
 @HomeRearedChef OY!!  That is the last thing anyone should be embarrassed about.  It is hard ...more

My Journey To Motherhood

October 15th, 2000.  I woke up nauseous again this morning.  I wasn’t sure why I was feeling this way, but I had major concerns that it was related to my period that was significantly late.  I had been under a lot of stress, so I had been blaming everything on that.  But this was the morning that my boyfriend, Lem, handed me a pregnancy test.  He had the same concerns. ...more

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
@workingmomfence hiya! Wish I could get to a NYC conf and come see you. You like drinking ...more