Labor and Delivery part 1

It is finally Monday morning at about 5 am and of course I haven’t been able to sleep all night. I know that I really needed to sleep and that it would be a really long, tough day but that made it even harder to relax. I also know that this will most likely be the day we will meet our little preemie girl. I am beyond nervous, worried about labor and delivery and terrified that something will be wrong with our baby. I feel unprepared and scared and I still feel like I could keep her in longer and that we would all be better off by that....more

Picture Yourself A Mother

The two best days of my life, hands down, were the days I gave birth.  There is nothing I've yet experienced that even comes close for the drama, the energy, the fun, and the sense of being in the vortex of a force so powerful.  Yes, it was painful, there were problems and complications.  There were needles, anxiety, and strong medicine and it was really, really messy - but still.  I have never felt closer to the divine, or done anything cooler, than I did on those two days....more
Thanks for sharing this! It was a fun interview. :)more

Husbands: 6 Ways to Support Your Wife During Labor

The process of pregnancy, labor, and delivery of a baby is a momentous event for couples.  Women replay those hours leading up to the births of their babies the rest of their life.  They are memories filled with love, tenderness, and excitement, often coupled with anxiety, pain, and fear....more

3 Women of Color to Lead the NEA, the Largest U.S. Labor Organization

On July 4th of this year, the National Education Association (NEA), the largest U.S. labor organization, made history: its membership elected three women of color as its leaders, and its first female head in 25 years....more
They've got my attention! As I was researching the article, I realized that I've known of Al ...more

Hospital Bag Must Haves for Mama

I started to write this post the day before I ended up going to the hospital. I was going to just delete it, but there are so many people with questions as to what to bring to the hospital... especially as a diabetic/c-section patient. So I thought this post would be even more beneficial because I could talk about what I actually ended up using. ...more
Good idea about the extra bags! The hospital gave me some plastic ones but that would be nice to ...more

12-06-1994 "B" Day

"I'm tired...I'm having this baby today!" I said to "Baby Daddy" who just smiled (that damn condensending smile) and said, "Okay. You said that last night." "No, I mean right now!" I said but while he made a beeline to the bedroom closet to get my bag, I plopped myself in our living room recliner. I suddenly decided that I wasn't going anywhere. I was perfectly fine sitting in that chair while "Baby Daddy" was jumping around trying to find his car keys. How is he supposed to get me to the hospital when he can't even find his keys?...more

Birth Story

Considering that there is no miracle more impressive than the one of a new human being entering this world, giving birth can be pretty uneventful.  ...more

Remembering the things that I'm forgetting.

You know how they say you forget the pain of labor and childbirth? I didn't.  I had two incredible birth experiences. I breathed through the rushes. My midwife massaged my back. I threw up on my ex-husband. I sucked on the most delicious ice cubes. I swore like a mother when the back labor kicked in and silently thanked my midwife for approving every single expletive. I remember it ALL. ...more

New Book 'Behind the Kitchen Door' Exposes the Injustice of the Restaurant Industry

Over the past month or two, my office has been a veritable hotbed of infection. Even some of those who are normally immune to hacking coughs and feverish faces have been felled by the viruses running rampant this flu season. Lucky for us, when one of us is too sick to work, we have paid leave to fall back on, or the flexibility to work from home. This is not so for many restaurant workers in America, which means that when they're sick, they're often on their feet, in the kitchen, preparing food that ends up on all of our tables. ...more
@Butiwantcake That's so problematic. Ugh. Come back and let us know what you think of the book ...more

Preparing for Childbirth in the Digital Age

To start off with, let me make this perfectly clear: I am NOT going to take a video of myself in labor and post it for the world to see on YouTube. The world does NOT want to see that kind of crazy, trust me. THAT kind of crazy is reserved for the people I really love and really want to scar for life (i.e, my husband). Nor am I going to Skype with you between contractions....more
@Laine Griffin Thanks for helping alleviate some of the guilt I feel about being so "connected" ...more