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The Birth Blog

Stories, Studies, and Reviews

So… where were we? Oh, that's right. You were high floating at -2 station, -1 if we’re going to be generous, and I was about to celebrate having dilated to 9 cm with a shot of pitocin.

It was 7pm EST on Tuesday, November 8th, 2016. I’ll give you a second to let that sink in.

Hopefully, you’ve inherite...

Chances are, you won’t hear about this condition until it’s too late. You’re in the final stretch, counting down the days with only a handful of checkups left before your due date, when your provider pulls out a word that sounds like it belongs in that CliffsNotes on Greek mythology you still have f...

In the 38th week of our pregnancy, I began to drink, heavily. I was hitting the bottle morning, noon, and night. Nothing, not even Papà’s protestations, could stop me. My elixir of choice? A 500 ml Klean Kanteen of H2O which I downed systematically every 1.5 hours.

I had calculated this interval to e...

Let's suppose for a moment that everything had gone as planned. That you had arrived on Halloween, at four days past due and just a day past the full moon. That we labored for no more than twelve hours and that I breathed you out painlessly, without a single tear. That your sex had remained a secret...

As a writer and a woman who has experienced labor, I'll avoid the clichéd and inaccurate comparisons to giving birth right now, but I will allow myself a glowing smile as I proudly introduce you to my newborn blog. Its slow-blinking, wide eyes are still adjusting to the light and can't quite bring t...

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Disclaimer:

Pregnancy and childbirth are two of the most complex, demanding, emotional, and impactful processes that we ever experience. This blog aims to provide a friendly, receptive, affirmative space to discuss the many facets of childbearing. The information offered here is in no way intended to provide medical advice or expertise. Any concerns related to your pregnancy or birth should be addressed with your medical providers. Never disregard professional medical advice or delay seeking medical treatment because of something you have read on or accessed through this website.