When birth does not go as you’d hoped…

New mom depressed

Can you think of anything worse to say to a mom who is opening up about feelings of disappointment or pain after a difficult birth? I can’t. The unsaid subtext mom hears goes something like this: “Just be glad you have a healthy baby. Any other emotions you have don’t count. There is only one […]

What do you really need for baby?

Pregnant person holding white baby clothes

I’ll admit it, I am a total minimalist when it comes to baby gear. I hate the massive consumerism and all the STUFF they try to convince new moms they NEED. Phooey. So here I present to you, Andrea’s minimalist list of what you need for a new baby: Must haves: Place for baby to […]

Wednesday Wrap Up August 13

No one, NO ONE, has the right to decide for a woman if her birth was traumatic or not. My Traumatic Birth, According to Me One of the frustrations about living in Utah. People are so afraid of seeing women’s bodies they do things like call the police over a breastfeeding booth at the Farmer’s […]

Wednesday Wrap Up July 30

For two out of my three pregnancies, I chose not to find out if my baby was a boy or a girl. I *loved* the anticipation of not knowing and the moment of surprise at the birth. (For the third, I let my husband get his way and find out. Naturally, he refused to believe […]

Wednesday Wrap Up 7/2

It’s not often talked about, but there are times when epidural anesthesia does not work. Here are 5 Things to Do When the Epidural Fails An unusual birth story told with a sense of humor! And another funny – big brother holding the new baby for the first time. And to further make you laugh, […]

Wednesday Wrap Up June 25

This post marks a year and a half I’ve been doing the Wednesday Wrap Up! An interesting potential clue about what starts labor. I’ll be interested to see if this pans out and how it might increase our understanding of how labor begins. A nice collection of links on being active in labor. I liked […]

Wednesday Wrap Up May 28

Collection of possible positions for laboring or birthing in the tub. I like to show moms lots of potential positions for any kind of labor to get them thinking beyond the most common ones. It will be interesting to see how this plays out: A mom sues the hospital for forcing a cesarean against her […]

Wednesday Wrap Up 4/30

I’ve wondered for a long time if babies who lose a lot of weight in the first day after birth are just shedding extra water weight from IV fluids! Nice to see someone addressing it. Good thing they reserved the right to overrule the internet. The Words that Steal Our Birth Power An interesting look […]

Wednesday Wrap Up 4/23

A good summary of some of the cultural and societal reasons Why Women Don’t Breastfeed. Spending time skin to skin with your baby is a pretty miraculous thing. I recently had a family with a baby in the NICU, and they were able to see some pretty dramatic positive results from having the baby skin […]

Wednesday Wrap Up 4/9

We are in the middle of planning our family vacation this week, so I have travel on my mind. We will be hitting a few National Parks on a road trip. (Someday I hope to see ALL the National Parks!) If you are pregnant and planning a final kid-free trip before the baby comes? Here […]