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home birth story: our Christmas baby!

home birth story: our Christmas baby!

Let me start with a disclaimer. If you spend your entire pregnancy telling everyone that you love labor, that it’s your favorite part of having a baby, and that you can’t wait to do it again, well–you’re setting yourself up. And if it’s...
midwives and medical procedures

midwives and medical procedures

Recently my mother started worrying about my blood pressure. I suppose it’s her job to worry when I’m pregnant. She asked my husband whether my midwife takes my blood pressure at prenatal visits. My husband, who hasn’t come to any prenatal visits...
how to breastfeed a newborn

how to breastfeed a newborn

Recently I’ve had several conversations with moms of newborns that made me think how little any of us realize what it’s actually like to breastfeed a newborn. I think this is true whether you’ve had a baby before or not. Forgetting what it’s...
organic mom or conspiracy theorist?

organic mom or conspiracy theorist?

Sometimes I feel like it’s only a tiny step from trying to raise my kids green to hiding out in a bunker in the woods with a shotgun. It’s not just the whole living-off-the-grid dream, although that’s part of it. Sure, I want to reduce our...