The Big Day

Like many first time parents the day came and went that our first little bundle of joy was meant to greet the world. Day after day passed. I gave up hope. This kid was never coming out. Then seven days past his due date, he gave signs of arrival. Off we went to the hospital, along with The Bag that had been packed for an eternity....more
It was a while ago  Denise, 15 years actually! Things haven't changed much since then, he is ...more

An Open Letter To Mothers Who Call Their Babies "Parasites"

Dear Mother Who Calls Her Baby A "Parasite", I saw your comments as I was browsing around the What To Expect forum and they made my skin crawl. My first impulse is to punch you in the face. My second is to say "You don't deserve to be a mother." You see, mothers are supposed to love their babies. Unconditionally. Without limits. Mothers are meant to nurture and protect. Your pregnancy is a miracle of life and not a sequel to the Alien franchise. ...more

What to expect when you’re an expecting entrepreneur

Shivani Garg Patel, co-founder of Samahope, looks back on growing a social enterprise while expecting. ...more

Judgement + IVF

Baby Registry Must Haves!

When I was pregnant I was OBSESSED with baby products! I researched every product a hundred times and wanted to make sure I bought everything that was the safest, best, etc. Maybe it’s just being a first time mom, but I soon realized most of these baby products would only be used for several months. I wanted to put together a list of our favorite baby products for Odette’s first year. So here it goes......more

MY Husband is a Wimp!

We were expecting our first child I bought every book on Amazon about pregnancy and child-birth, and read them from cover to cover. I’d lie on the couch, ordering Mars Bars and Diet Coke for dinner. You see, I had acquired a slave during pregnancy, and boy did I take advantage of him. IrishDev pandered to my every whim. Well, nearly every whim....more

Flying Towards my Dreams and Destiny

During our hospital tour, we passed the lab where we had some blood work done before starting IUI at the new clinic and a flood of memories came rushing in. This time last year, we had just returned from Mexico to the news that our second IVF had failed. In some ways it was harder than the first time IVF didn't work because we had done all we could do the second time around....more

Flying Towards my Dreams and Destiny

During our hospital tour, we passed the lab where we had some blood work done before starting IUI at the new clinic and a flood of memories came rushing in. This time last year, we had just returned from Mexico to the news that our second IVF had failed. In some ways it was harder than the first time IVF didn’t work because we had done all we could do the second time around....more

Giving Birth: Facing Life or Death?

The largest threat in third world countries is the lack of proper maternal health care for women. In these countries, the women often die of haemorrhaging. This usually occurs while they are giving birth or after the process because there are no doctors or nurses in their presence. When the women begin losing a lot of blood, there is nothing anyone can do. ...more

My Messy, Beautiful Homebirth

I can’t believe it’s been almost a year since I welcomed my sweet little man into our world.  Almost one year since my homebirth dream became a reality.  Almost one year since I undertook one of the messiest experiences of my entire life which is one of the most beautiful memories in my entire life....more
Beautiful. Congratulations!more