pregnancy
I don’t know why I didn’t slap her.
c-sections
My #1 priority was a healthy baby, but escaping pain was a close second.
pregnancy
But what about that dark-skinned black woman in their promotional video?! What about the picture of that black midwife hanging on their wall?!
childbirth
I was scared and alone. After he put the needle in, I started crying.
pregnancy
You will suffer this psychotic laughter at very inopportune moments. Like when you are watching Rue die in "The Hunger Games" in a crowded theater on opening weekend.
c-section
childbirth
I have three birth stories I usually tell to pregnant women. But there is another one, and I am going to tell that story today.
babies
I would do anything to hear her heartbeat again. Why didn't I record it? I smell her little hat and cry.
birth shaming
If you don’t know a woman well enough to know how she feels about what’s happening with her vagina, then you don’t know her well enough to advise her on it.
childbirth
Other than being of the "advanced maternal age" of 33 when I gave birth, no other risk factor applied to me. My wonky placenta was just the luck of the draw.
parenting
childbirth
Let me just preface this by saying this is one of the few things I have managed to do well in my life.
childbirth
No book is going to help you have a perfect birth. In fact, they might actually make it worse.
pregnancy
This is how screwed up my brain was: I actually weighed the merits of having a baby vs. having cancer.
childbirth
If these shady drugs don’t hook me up with a belly full of triplets or at least one good set of conjoined twins within six months, I think it’s time to move on to the harder stuff.
family drama
I wholeheartedly recommend hypnosis for childbirth (and migraines, and stress, and dental work, for that matter).
pregnancy
At 29 weeks pregnant, the only thing more exciting than getting 5 uninterrupted hours of sleep was my upcoming trip to Hawaii.
childbirth
Sex can help speed up labor. But should couples be doing it in the delivery room?
childbirth
My twin boys were born by C-section at 27 weeks. I was desperately hoping for a third trimester, but failed.
childbirth
Some people struggle with depression and anxiety for years after having children. It may never feel worth it.
childbirth
It seems crazy that I could just have SEX with Quentin and get preggers, but if I want his seed catapulted into me via the miracle of modern medicine, the FDA wants to get involved.
childbirth
I’m not positive, but I think that trying to get yourself knocked up is considered private business in the mainstream heterosexual universe, like money.