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

It’s a 2012 “Big Thing” – I Deliver a Baby

Well, not really. But mostly. I mean practically. Not from my particular body, but...Let me explain....more

OMG I Can't Wait to Be a GrandMother: How Can We Bring On Labor?

I made it to Hawaii and Johnny Mac Pippin's mom looks like she is very ready to bring him into the world -- but Johnny Mac Pippin is not showing any sign of moving. Well he's showing a lot of signs of moving, elbows and knees and feet banging around inside there -- but he's looking altogether too comfortable and I'm ready for him to come out and kick ME a little bit. So how the heck do we convince him that it's time? Are there any tricks for bringing on labor that really work?...more
 @Lisa Stone  I'm glad I'm here too and very thankful we didn't have to wait too, too long! ...more

Know Your Employer: HIPAA in Case of Emergencies

A word of caution: call your insurance company and employer's Human Resources department as well as that of your spouse and see what is required for you to access each other's information in the event they are incapacitated or there is a health care emergency. ...more
The "HIPPA" typo is really irritating. it's the health insurance portability and accountability ...more

Overcoming Fear: Our Birth Story, Part 2

This is the continuation of yesterday's post. I laugh when I read what I wrote almost two years ago. Following L.'s birth I definitely wanted to write down every little detail. I remember my anguish over deciding when to go to the birth center and my fear of waiting too long and being stuck in the car in the rain in the middle of the night......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

NaBloPoMo Day 3: Cooper's Birth Story

Friday, October 22, 2010 was supposed to be my last day at work before I went on maternity leave for six months.  That morning, I had a regular prenatal appointment.  I was halfway through my 38th week of pregnancy.  When the nurse took my blood pressure, it was high.  Not alarmingly high, but high.  I usually have low blood pressure - even during pregnancy.  So the nurse took my pressure on the other arm.  It was even higher.  When my OBGYN came in a few minutes later, she took my pressure again.  Still high.  After my exam, she t...more

A Labor Story for Labor Day

As part of Discovery Channel’s Baby week two years ago, I wrote about my son’s delivery.  This was a long, arduous vaginal birth of a huge 9 pound 8 ounce baby boy.  Not all deliveries are traumatic or occur under extreme circumstances.  My second birth went surprisingly smoothly, but that doesn’t make it any less of a miracle or the experience anything less than magical. Besides, Labor Day deserves a good labor story....more
What beautiful stories! You made my day! The children are all gorgeous new souls blessed by ...more

A Mother's Sexuality: Taking Back MILF

Why is it that society has no problem joking about the MILF (Mom I'd Like to F*ck), but as soon as a mother shows any sign of owning her sexuality, the first reaction is to question whether she's a fit parent? Where did this chasm between motherhood and sexuality come from? Don't people know that sex is how a lot of our kids come to be? ...more

Doulas Behaving Badly

My daughter Kayleigh came home a couple of days ago from her gym intensive class with some interesting information. She had been distance walking with a girl in her class who is a nursing student. It turns out she works in the Labour and Delivery unit at a hospital I practically live at. When my daughter told me her name, I was familiar with it. A nice girl, who always greets me with great friendliness. I enjoy working with her. So it was with mixed feelings when I heard from Kayleigh that this nursing student generally doesn't like doulas....more
This is a problem in Australia too - doulas performing things that only medically trained ...more