Last week, I wrote about own desire to go straight for the c-section when delivering my twins. But both my cousin Rena and friend Christina are heroes in my eyes, because I couldn’t contemplate going through what they did to bring their twins into the world.
After having her first child vaginally, my cousin Rena delivered her twins vaginally, and hearing her story while I was pregnant with my own set of twins reinforced my decision to schedule a C. My cousin is very much like me in that she tells it like it is. I knew that more than anyone, she’d tell me the real deal without an ounce of sugarcoating, and that’s exactly what I needed.
The researchers are quick to say that they aren’t trying to dissuade people from using Pitocin. They simply want to encourage further investigation into its use, but I certainly won’t be using it again.
Out of three live births, I was only given Pitocin once — and I experienced the worst childbirth out of my three kids. More
I’m one of those women who never felt that “natural” birth sounded all that natural—and even if I only had one baby my ideal delivery would have been a c-section. So one of the first things I wanted to make sure was that my doctor would be on board with a scheduled C. Luckily, he believed that c-sections are the safest way to deliver twins and said that would have been his suggestion anyway. More
I’m a sucker when it comes to a bargain. Seriously. I’m the person that always falls for the two-for-one deals. I almost never need two of whatever it is I am buying, but I still bite. I’m thinking this is why I have just recently begun contemplating eating my placenta after the birth of my next child. The doula I am looking into offers free placenta encapsulation as part of her service. So naturally – I should do it, right? More
The stress level for mothers whose babies are unfortunately taken into the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) after birth is already high. It can be compounded however by the fact that the mothers themselves may not be physically well enough to visit their child every day. Luckily for mothers at Cedars Sinai Hospital in Los Angeles, new technology is helping them check up on their babies even if they can’t make the trip. More
Snooki has a lot going on right now. In addition to getting baby 7-month-old son Lorenzo baptized last week, the new mother is also working on pregnancy/parenting book. Nevermind that she’s also been busting her bum making that big splashy post-baby body debut. But despite Snooki’s busy reality TV mom schedule, Nicole Polizzi paused to give some glamorous labor tips to fellow reality TV starlet Kim Kardashian. How does one stay delivery chic in such an uncouth time as delivery? Snooki, now “celebrity baby correspondent,” saves the day! More
I know it’s heavily contested mommy ground to hand out medals for birthing experiences, complete with stars and badges that read “Vaginal Birth” and “No Drugs.” But I definitely think nothing short of trophy is in order for 21-year-old Jade Packer who naturally delivered her 15lbs 7oz son and lived to tell about it. Better you than me, Jade!
I cannot find a doctor willing to sign up for this. I simply can’t. I moved to Florida when I was seven months pregnant and it took me weeks to find a doctor who would take me because I was “too far along.” Too far along to be given care? Does that make sense to anyone? More
Breastfeeding is a personal choice. There are way too many variables in every mother’s personal/socioeconomic situation to erect massive soapboxes about why, generally, everyone should do one or the other. Until we get some decent maternity leave in this country — specifically for those outside the Sheryl Sandberg demographic — exclusively breastfeeding for six months is going to be pretty challenging for many women to effectively pull off. But some research out of Australia shows that when you enact certain breastfeeding guidelines shortly after delivery, mommies are more likely to stick it out. Mental note.
It was just a year and a half ago when I was a naive Midwestern mom who had never heard of placenta pills or “the fourth trimester.” Now, after some quality time immersed in internet mommy culture, I’m much more familiar with placentophagia and other decidedly odd bits of mommy culture. So if Holly Madison really has some questions about ingesting her placenta, she’s welcome to contact us here at Mommyish. We’re happy to help her out. More
I watched the birth of a baby boy in Houston, Texas this morning. I never left my desk in New York City, but myself and some 14,000 other Twitter followers watched a baby boy come into the world all thanks to Twitter and the pioneering efforts of Houston Memorial Hermann Hospital. And baby even got his own hashtag!
Snooki has officially crossed the overshare line with new details about her son Lorenzo’s birth, included the post-delivery stitch count. Let’s not let this TMI detail be the newest Mommy Badge of Honor. More
A 9-year-old Mexican girl by the name of Dafne gave birth to a baby girl in Jalisco, Mexico on January 27th. Dafne gave birth via C-section, and both baby and baby are reported to be healthy. I’ll use the word “baby” here instead of mother, due to the fact that the mother in question is a 9-year-old child. I have an 9-year-old and she is definitely still my baby. If we can get over the idea of little Dafne having to go through the ordeal of childbirth via C-section at age nine, we can now focus on the amount of amazingly offensive information related to this case that is out there.
Supermodel Karolína Kurková, who you may recognize from those Victoria’s Secret catalogues, welcomed her child Tobin Jack just three years ago. But when reflecting on her natural home birth — which took place in her fancy Tribeca apartment — the mother maintains that she actually didn’t think she was going to die. You hear that, Miranda Kerr? More