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

Pregnancy—It Ain’t What it Used to Be

(To see the illustration for this post click on "A Rolling Crone"below) Women have been getting pregnant and birthing babies ever since Eve gave birth to Cain and Abel, and you’d think every woman’s experience of pregnancy was fairly similar, but I’ve recently learned that there are lots of new-fangled aspects to being pregnant that I never heard of back in the 1970’s when I gave birth to three children spaced three years apart. ...more

Timing Contractions: Throw Your Clocks out the Window

One of my pet peeves is the fact that the most widely used tool parents-to-be are taught to use to determine the progress of labour is the great "timing the contraction" ritual....more

Positions in Labour

When I meet people who are interested in working with me as a doula or childbirth educator, one of their burning questions is: "Are you going to teach me about positions to use in labour to make me more comfortable?"...more