Topic: Labor Pains Week

Labor Pains: My Parenting Choices Aren’t Choices Because I’m Broke

Labor Pains: My Parenting Choices Aren't Choices Because I'm Broke

I’d like to think that my parenting choices are just that — choices. But at the end of the day, my parental behavior is determined by my paycheck.

The media “mommy wars” are never-ending. There is always a new parenting debate that begs us to choose sides. Co-sleeping or not? Daycare or not? Nanny or not? Extended breastfeeding or not? These questions aren’t parenting questions. They are questions of money. We take the sides we have to take. Well, I won’t speak for anyone else. I’ll just say I take the sides I have to take — because I am broke. More »

STFU Parents: 4 Things You Shouldn’t Post On Facebook About Your Labor

STFU Parents: 4 Things You Shouldn't Post On Facebook About Your Labor

Since it’s Labor Pains Week on Mommyish, I figured I’d add to the conversation with a similarly-themed column. Except, instead of sharing heartfelt stories about childbirth, I’ve put together a collection of labor-related status update Don’ts. Because no matter how many times I try to reinforce the STFU, Parents Basics, people continue to post TMI updates about labor and delivery. More »

Labor Pains: My Natural Birth Made Me Appreciate My Epidural

Labor Pains: My Natural Birth Made Me Appreciate My Epidural

I was never against the drugs. Drugs, I thought, were for other people. For people who could tolerate long needles shoved up their spinal cords. For people who didn’t mind being confined to a bed. I didn’t have something to prove when I opted for a natural birth—I was just deeply afraid of doctor intervention. Now, I know this makes little sense when comparing the level of pain one endures during the dreaded ring of fire—the agonizing sensation that occurs when your baby stretches your vagina to its capacity—but there is a difference between the fear of the unknown and the fear of needles.

I opted for the unknown. More »

Labor Pains: My Birthing Classes Are Scaring The Crap Out Of Me

Labor Pains: My Birthing Classes Are Scaring The Crap Out Of Me

“You’re all first time moms, right?” she smiles broadly in her pink scrubs. We all nod, looking around at one another for confirmation. “Ok, so you may THINK you’re in labor. But you’re probably not. No, you’re not in labor until you are white knuckling it at my desk. Understand? You should not be able to SPEAK because it will hurt so bad. THEN you are in REAL labor. OK, Mommies?”

I started to feel that pineapple churning. Oh god. More »