In Honor of World Breastfeeding Week

I wanted to write something special to celebrate World Breastfeeding Week. But I really love my post from last year and decided that it is worth repeating (for at least one more year). In honor of World Breastfeeding Week, I’d like to share one of my favorite...

I Take It All Back

Last week I spent several hours in the dentist’s chair having some major (to me) dental work. I thought, “I take back everything I’ve ever said to myself about using drugs to address fears.” For women who are as scared of birth as I am of the dentist, I...

Mail

I looked at my mail on Saturday and thought to myself how well it summarized my life. The first thing that I read was my summer issue of the Journal of Perinatal Education. This issue features several excellent articles on cesarean surgery. Tamara Kaufman has a...

Spring Cleaning

I just re-organized my childbirth education closet. It took longer than I expected as I’d occasionally stop to bask in the memories triggered by something I unexpectedly came across. An audiotape of my brother and sister-in-law’s first birth. It was a...

Celebrity Birth

Yesterday, for the first time in my life, I bought a copy of Vogue magazine. Supermodel Gisele Bunchen is on the cover. Inside, in the story, “Earth Mother”, I read about her career, her philanthropy, and her waterbirth at home. Although it is still hard for me to...

Preparation

Here it is February and I haven’t yet wrapped my head around the fact that 2010 is HERE! Time is moving on faster than I can keep up with it. Already this year I have dealt with births and deaths in our family and among friends. The cycle of life gives us pause to...