Tag Archives: Babies

We Need To Stop Calling Cesarean Births ‘C-Sections’

“Cesarean babies make for lost souls. Those babies are never actually born so they can never be grounded.” Have I got your attention yet? Have you ever heard such crap? This sentiment was actually shared with a beloved client of mine, one who went on to have a cesarean birth. Can you imagine how she feels when she remembers those words? I want to talk about cesarean birth. More specifically, I want to talk about the language used with cesarean birth. Recently, I’ve found myself a part […]

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All The Sh*t You Hear When You’re Pregnant With Your 4th Kid

Courtesy of Shanisty Ireland People: “Is this your second?”Me: “No, it’s my fourth.”People: “Huh? Ohhhh. Wow. Uh…”Me: “Don’t worry, my condition is not contagious.” Being pregnant with baby #4 has garnered some personal, awkward and downright hysterical questions and comments from “The People.” Here are some examples: Was this one planned? How old are your other children? Do you stay at home with them? What does your husband do? Is this your last?  Wow! College will be fun!  If we currently had three boys or three girls, I’m sure the first […]

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I Didn’t Plan On Being Pregnant And Unmarried, But Here We Are

There are two things that take exactly three and a half minutes to cook: Kraft Easy Mac and a pregnancy test. Being a fairly efficient lady, I figured I could execute both at once; I’d enjoy my tasty cheesy noodles following the assurance that my period was on her way. I don’t want to give away the ending but the test was positive and I found the fully-cooked Easy Mac cup in a tupperware drawer three days later. Shame. Insecurity. Guilt. Embarrassment. These are some emotions that many […]

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The Woman Who Gave Birth To My Daughters Is Not Their Mother

Courtesy of Elizabeth Joyce The woman who gave birth to my twin daughters is a lot of things, but she is not their mother. She is the woman who carried my baby girls in her womb and nurtured them when I could not. She is incredibly generous, kind, thoughtful, caring, and compassionate beyond measure. She is a woman with whom I am intimately bonded through the experience of giving my daughters’ life. She is now a treasured friend. But, she is not my daughters’ mother. Courtesy of […]

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If You’re Worried Your Baby Name Choice Is Too Popular, Do This

It’s one of the primary reasons why parents regret their baby name choice. It’s what forces your daughter to be known as not simply Riley, but Riley J., or even Riley J. with brown hair. It’s super-popularity, and while it’s great for homecoming royalty and small businesses, it’s not such a good criteria for a baby name. The truth is, any name — even one that’s unique and underused for now — is just one pop culture blowup, one viral phenomenon away, from being trendy. All it […]

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It’s Been 6 Weeks Since My Baby Was Born And I’m Still Not ‘Healed’

As of today, it’s been six weeks since my son was born. This is when most birthing mothers in the United States are considered “healed.” This is often the end of maternity leave for working moms. This is when we have our (first and only) follow-up appointment with the OB-GYN after having experienced immense trauma to our body. These have been the hardest six weeks of my entire life, physically and emotionally. There is so much about this experience that no one ever prepares you for—partly because […]

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