Redefining "Difficulties In Childbirth": Inmates Get Shackled During Labor

I don't know about you, but I had pretty difficult labors with both my children, the second one especially. But no matter how finely I parse the challenges that I faced in delivering my babies, my experiences are nothing when held up against, oh, say, being shackled in arm and leg irons during labor. ...more

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Great Expectations: The Birth Plan

Ah, the birth plan.  A beautifully written and carefully-crafted script of how each woman would like her labor and delivery to be handled in an ideal world.  Soft music playing in the background, dim lighting and the proud smile of her loving husband as he soothingly massages her shoulders, hands and feet.  A cool glass of ice water by the bed, an attentive physician and family members behaving themselves so well that the scene could easily be mistaken for a Normal Rockwell painting.  After all, you are about to participate in one of life's greatest miracles, so why woul...more

Would you prepare for a marathon by fasting? Of course not. What your body is about to go ...more

The Birth of my beautiful Anna

Wait.....seriously? I'm A Mom??

Well world....I'm finally a mom. Truly a scary thought. I never thought this would happen to me. I mean I have dreamed about becoming a mom since I was 5, literally. If you were to ask me what I wanted to be when I grew up, the answer was always: A MOM. See?...more

Ultimatum

I just called the hospital to cancel my induction (is induction the right term?) At 5:00pm today I would of been going to the hospital having dinner there, having some pre-inducing treatment of the cervix and hanging out until tomorrow morning when the pitocin would begin to get this baby OUT. ...more

My Precious First Born: A 1977 Birth Story

I was 22 years old, living in New York City and blissfully happy about becoming a mom! ...more

My (semi) natural childbirth- a happy birth story

This is a happy birth story. For all of you expectant mothers who are avoiding people's birth stories for fear of losing your will to deliver, let me say that it is possible to have the birth you hoped for but also, birth is only the beginning! No matter how your birth goes, you will love your baby and he will love you. ...more

Well done!!! Im in awe of you!!!

my partner and i have only just started to try for a ...more

The Truth About Motherhood

There’s a club, more exclusive than the Junior League, the country club, or any other social/philanthropic women’s club, it’s called the Mommy Brigade also known as the bliss/insanity that is Motherhood. Ok, yes, there are many, many women in this club, from all countries and walks of life but do you know of any other club where the initiation rite is producing a human being? ...more

Are universities abusive employers?

The economy sucks. You're not sure what to do, but you really enjoyed college, especially all that great stuff you read for your English major. You're thinking you should go back to school. After all, people have been predicting for more than a decade that there is a big wave of retirements coming to the professoriate soon. Should you invest the next several years in graduate school so you can become a professor? Um, no. ...more