Other than "pain is a natural part of it" As with every other aspect of pregnancy, birth and parenting, or culture is steeped in all kinds of old wives tales and misinformation about breastfeeding. Sometimes it comes from a well meaning relative, a friend, or maybe it was just “something I read somewhere”. For example, … Continue reading Top 5 Breastfeeding Myths
A short personal account of facing postpartum mood disorders. Before my first child was born, I had all kinds of dreams and expectations of what motherhood would be like. Like many others, I imagined days of pure joy and fulfillment following the birth of our beautiful baby girl. My husband and I talked often about … Continue reading The Mess that Tried to Kill me
When I became pregnant with my first, my idea of a typical birth experience was you go to the hospital, lay in a bed hooked up to an IV and an epidural, until the Dr and nurses "deliver" your baby. Basically, I thought it was pretty simple; how many decisions could I really have to … Continue reading Top 5 Decisions to make before your birth
In all the excitement around the birth of a new baby, often we forget that mom is a real person, with real feelings, who has just experienced one of the most life altering events of her lifetime. We'll chat for days about all the lovely baby related things, however, rarely do we consider what her … Continue reading Be the Village by Asking the Right Questions
I grew up, the first of 5 in a loving and kind home. Despite my being the only one of my siblings (and entire family) with black skin, I always felt loved and accepted. As a child, I always assumed that my parents had only ever "dated" each other. I may have had a doubt … Continue reading My Mission Beyond Its Roots.