Birth Without Fear

Shedding a Stupid Stigma: VBAC Warrior in Shock!

September 30, 2016

These pictures are fuzzy and blurry but this is my VBAC. This is, “I can’t believe I just did that!” My sister sobbing on my knee and my husband reeling in this moment of “heroism” as he would call it. My childhood dream was being a mommy. That included dreaming of a natural birth. My […]

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The Births of Henry & Thea Part 2: Stubborn and Taking Her Time!

September 28, 2016

(Editor’s note: click here to read Part 1 aka Henry’s birth.) I stood in the birthing suite holding Henry, and saw that it had been ten minutes since he came. I was eagerly hoping that Thea would join us soon. My dad took Oliver so we could continue to labor. I handed Henry to William […]

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The Births of Henry & Thea Part 1: Baby in the Parking Lot!

September 27, 2016

Sunday, July 10th, started off as a lazy Family day. We (me, William – my husband, and almost two-year-old toddler, Oliver) woke up around eight and laid in bed relaxing and snuggling as is our custom on weekends. I was 38 weeks and four days pregnant with our di/di twins. At 8:30 I got up […]

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Talking High School Mascots After a C-Section

September 26, 2016

As a mother, I had this sort of primal need to birth my children the way women’s bodies were designed to birth children. My first two children were born after pitocin inductions and epidurals. Their births were special and miraculous, don’t get me wrong, but I always wondered what it would be like to have […]

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Reality of Breastfeeding…Where are the Rainbows?

September 2, 2016

Let’s talk about breastfeeding for a moment. While it would be wonderful if all babies magically nursed perfectly, well…they don’t. Similar to pregnancy, birth, and motherhood…. breastfeeding is another life lesson that can push us to our limits. It’s a *journey* all of its own. Out of six children, I have nursed four. I’ve also […]

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From Braxton Hicks to Immediate Transition: Backseat Car Birth of Kenan John!

September 1, 2016

On Wednesday, January 27th at 2:30 pm I went to my birthing center for my weekly checkup. With me being 38 weeks and 4 days and having had consistent Braxton Hicks for the past couple weeks, my midwife decided to check me. She said I was at a 1 and my cervix was completely soft. […]

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Being a Mama — With an Eating Disorder

August 31, 2016

(Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Judy Tsuei of Meditations for Mamas.) When I was 17, I developed an eating disorder though I didn’t quite know what was happening. What I did know was that my home life was increasingly chaotic and my sensitive nature couldn’t handle it. Somehow, my brain found a […]

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33 Things You ALWAYS Want to Say to (or Do for) a Pregnant Woman

August 30, 2016

There are plenty of things you never want to say to a pregnant mama (not unless you want to risk a throat punch). However, what about things you DO want to say to a pregnant mama? Here is a list of safe comments you are allowed to make to a pregnant mama. Please read carefully. […]

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Breastfed Babies are Better, Nursing a 3 Year Old is Gross, And Other Bullshit

August 25, 2016

When my oldest was a year old, a friend told me that my baby and I couldn’t be as bonded as her and her baby because we bottlefed and she breastfed. I wasn’t necessarily offended, as I was confused. I had a very deep bond with my baby and was madly in love her, so […]

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