BWF Topics

Margot’s Birth Story – Part I

October 20, 2014

It feels appropriate to say that my daughter Margot’s birth story started two days before she was born. It was early February 2013, and I was officially 40 weeks + 1 day overdue, lying on the table in a doctor’s office, with my midwife telling me that no, sorry, the baby hasn’t dropped yet, so […]

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I Am Strong – Cesarean Birth After Neonatal Loss

October 20, 2014

*trigger warning* I am strong because in April of 2012, I gave birth to a precious baby girl named Evelyn, prematurely at 24 weeks due to incompetent cervix, premature labor, and infection. I am strong because I endured a frightening classical c-section 4 hours after entering the hospital with a smile on my face, knowing […]

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The Healing Home Birth of Baby Lucas

October 17, 2014

The birth of my first son was in a hospital. I like to say nothing traumatic happened to me to make me question the way I gave birth and to seek out other options, better options, but I feel now that I was in denial. I cried for weeks after his birth feeling guilty for […]

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Jyn’s 8th Baby {Hospital Waterbirth}

October 17, 2014

I have been pregnant every year since 1998 with the exception of 2004. We lost 2 in that time, but I have effectively been either pregnant and/or nursing for the past 14 years. Just because you have been pregnant and have birthed a lot does not mean the next one will be easier. Your body […]

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A Mother Will Overcome {I Am Strong}

October 16, 2014

A short and sweet story of a teenage mother, or just a mother, this is Jada’s story: I am strong because I found out I was pregnant at 17, two months into a relationship, and decided then to keep the baby. I am strong because I decided to end the relationship, because I wasn’t happy […]

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Healing Hospital VBAC Picture

October 16, 2014

I just recently had my daughter (almost 3 weeks ago) and I’ve had several ladies tell me I should share this photo from my birth… so here it is! We had a beautiful, wonderful, healing VBAC in a hospital and this picture says everything. The support that I had from my doctor, my nurses, my […]

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Mothering the Mother, Part III: Postpartum Plan {now, with kittens}

October 15, 2014

I wrote this post just after getting back from the inaugural Birth Without Fear conference almost a year ago. The dust had settled, baby E was back on her (haywire, semi-self-directed) routine, and I had finally stopped wearing my lanyard. I took a few minutes to reflect on my experience and gloat over my new […]

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10 Tips to Plan a Blessingway

October 14, 2014

A Blessingway is a sacred pre-birth ceremony that has traditionally been performed by Navajo people, and celebrates a woman’s rite of passage into motherhood. Today, a gathering known as a ‘Mother Blessing’ is gaining popularity in North America. Unlike a traditional baby shower where the focus is on gifts, a Mother Blessing puts the focus […]

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Special Needs Baby: Our Tracheostomy Journey {I am Strong}

October 14, 2014

I am strong! I am strong because I got pregnant right after getting married. I am strong because with my first child I was put on bed rest at 17 weeks because of pre-term labor. I am strong because despite going into preterm labor at 17 weeks I gave birth at 41 weeks. I am […]

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Homebirth Filled with Patience and Love {Water Birth & Cord Burning}

October 10, 2014

On Friday, April 18th, your daddy, sister, and I were leaving the house for dinner.  I had just stepped outside when I felt a small gush. I joked with your dad that maybe my water was leaking. We went about our evening and had a lovely dinner and then went for a short walk. As […]

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