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preservations… for posterity

Happy Birthday, Calvin

Baby boy, this year has gone by so quickly. I have loved so much and I have learned so much. You turned my world upside down. I love you – you’ll never know how much.

My baby is one today. In honor of his birthday, I decided that I should finally write down his birth story.

I had been planning a natural childbirth long before I was even pregnant. When I moved to Atlanta I quickly figured out which hospital would let me have a waterbirth and I also found an awesome midwife and began to see her. Although I am a supporter of homebirth, I really wanted my first to be born in a hospital, minus the typical hospital experience. Fortunately that option was available to me.

I was due in mid-August 2008. August came and went. My midwife began talking about the unthinkable: induction. I really did not want to be induced. I really feared being induced. I have read so many horror stories of failed inductions as well as stories of women who believe that pitocin contractions are much worse that natural contractions. Since I was going drug-free, this was certainly a concern. But my midwife promised a “low and slow” pitocin drip. Best of all, we would turn off the pitocin once labor got going. With that reassurance (as well as additional reassurance from my doula) I felt fairly ready when I checked into the hospital on the morning of September 2nd. Continue reading

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September 3, 2009 Posted by | all things baby, childbirth, crunchy, midwifery, motherhood, parenting, women's health | Comments Off on Happy Birthday, Calvin

Parenting Library

I’ve been thinking of putting together a book list for awhile. I’m finally getting around to it after reading through the great list on phdinparenting. Some of the books listed there are favorites, others I’ve been meaning to read, and then there are a few brand-new ones that I’ll have to add to my list.

As you’ll see from all of the books on my “to-read” list at the bottom, I am a bit obsessive when it comes to parenting books. I like to research everything. I want to know all that I can know. Do I need these books to be a good parent? No, I don’t think so – I have plenty of mothering instincts already and when I listen to them, they serve me well. If anything, I need the information in these books to help shield me from the modern world of parenting. These books help me to get back to the basics. Continue reading

August 29, 2009 Posted by | all things baby, books, childbirth, crunchy, motherhood, parenting, women's health | 1 Comment

I drop my guard and ten-foot pole

I don’t get into discussions about abortion. It’s a hot-button issue where no one is going to have their minds changed. So, why bother getting all riled up? I’ve only had one or two successfulconversations about the topic, the kind that leave you thinking “hmmm…”

That said, I found an interesting article about a woman who had an abortion when she was six-months pregnant. She desperately wanted the twins she was carrying, but in the end she made a choice to abort. It’s an interesting story. Read it.

April 19, 2007 Posted by | childbirth, health, politics, women's health | 1 Comment

Natural Birth Control

Birth control doesn’t have to be hormonal (such as the pill) and it doesn’t have to be a barrier method (such as a condom). You don’t have to abstain or use withdrawal or any other pseudo-form of birth control. A woman’s egg can live for only 24 hours (Caveat! Sperm can live up to 5 days). Why should a woman be on a hormonal birth control when she can take charge of her own fertility? Pay attention to the cues and you too can use this effective method. Continue reading

March 10, 2007 Posted by | alternatives, birth control, crunchy, health, sex, women's health | 1 Comment