Childbirth Journey: Retrospect

First of all, I enjoyed being pregnant.  Heck, I LOVED it!  When else can a woman just sit and read, and know she's accomplishing something wonderful at the same time?  I felt wonderful, pregnant.  I felt exhilarated, when I wasn't tired, and I felt justified in EATING, and I didn't have to constantly suck in my gut - because my gut was not merely a gut; it was a PERSON - I got gusts and boost of incredible energy during whi...more

Communication in the Birth

“This time around, before we even started to conceive, my husband and I had a long talk about birth, what it means to me and how I need more than just his undying love–I need his full support in preparing for an epidural-free birth.” ~ Cara Terreri, “Why I’m Hiring a Doula for My Third Birth,” Giving Birth With Confidence blog...more

Open-Minded Labor

I had a conversation with Amber O’Brien, a certified birth doula in South Bend, Ind., a few weeks ago. She told me about the birth of her son and how that has shaped her perspective and advice to others. She hoped for a natural birth. When labor hit, it progressed much more rapidly than she had expected. There came a moment in the delivery room that she second-guessed herself. “I asked for the epidural....more

I was and wasn't.
I had hoped to wait on the epidural until I was more like, 7 cm dialated, got ...more

Women in Control of Epidural in Labor Use 30% Less Anesthesia

A new study on the use of epidurals in labor reports laboring women given control over their epidural anesthesia resulted in a 30 percent reduction of the amount of anesthesia used. The women were "basically as comfortable" as women on a continuous dose. Researchers also report a trend toward fewer deliveries that required instrument assistance, such as forceps, in the patient-controlled group. ...more

I think this is great. I don't want to spark a Medicated vs. unmedicated childbirth debate.

A Nice Cup of Tea- the kindness of strangers

I’ve already written about my son’s birth and the fact that it is the event that led me here, to this world of blogging. I have also written about the emergency section through my husband’s eyes as it is something that has bothered me a great deal. I hate to think of my husband being left alone in the delivery room after they’d whisked me down to theatre. The room must’ve been buzzing with silence after so much activity and fear. I hate to think that they just left him there… My son’s birth affected so much in our lives and we lost valuable time, precious moments we’ll never get back....more

Ok, So I think I can do this now- my birth story

I think it is finally time to get an honest version of my son’s birth down. For some reason, I’ve started to feel as though I might forget parts of what happened and while this obviously means that I am ‘moving on’ it also means that such an important event in my life is being pushed aside in my mind- not sure I’m ready for that yet.. Maybe writing it down will help; maybe not....more

Learn As You Go

Welcome to my Momster Diaries Blog. I started this as a result of an assignment in my MSU New Media Class. As I was reading how to get started and being advised to write about a subject I was passionate about; something that would make me marvel at my own brilliance, I’ll admit not a lot of things were coming to mind that weren’t immediately crossed off the list. There were content limitations, subjects that felt more like work, and costs limitations....more

Tell Mott's You Want Your Apple Sauce Without Classism

On May 23, three hundred workers from Mott’s apple sauce and juice plant in Williamson, New York, went on strike. Their complaint? A major slash in pay and benefits -- even though Dr. Pepper Snapple, the parent company of Mott’s, brought in a record profit last year. ...more

didn't think you were being argumentative, and hope i didn't come off that way either you raise ...more

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

Sometimes it hurts to read news. I can't believe this.