Topic: mother health

Mexican Clinic Turns Away Woman For Not Being Dilated Enough, She Gives Birth On Flipping Lawn Outside

Mexican Clinic Turns Away Woman For Not Being Dilated Enough, She Gives Birth On Flipping Lawn Outside

Among the fairly standard labor horror stories of epidurals not working and not quite making it to the hospital is the doctor being all “you’re not ready yet.” Twenty-nine-year-old Irma Lopez now has one of the worst stories of this ilk in that after she was turned away, she gave birth on the lawn. Outside the Rural Health Centre that she had JUST been turned away from.
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5 Things I Encountered While Being Fat And Pregnant

5 Things I Encountered While Being Fat And Pregnant

In 10 weeks or less, I’m going to be the mother of a son. I always assumed the likelihood of that phrase as a reality of my life was statistically the same as “I just bought an island.” But here we are. Though my pregnancy has been textbook perfect from a physical standpoint, I’ve certainly experienced some of the abnormalities of being a fat pregnant lady. More »

I Lost A Friend, And A Mother Of Toddler, To Brain Cancer

I Lost A Friend, And A Mother Of Toddler, To Brain Cancer

When my sister Véronique and I were pregnant, I developed slight jealousy of Marie. Every time Véronique and I would talk about our pregnancies (we were four weeks apart), she would chime in with “Well, Marie does this and I think that’s interesting” or “Marie said that when she was pregnant, this happened…”. No matter what question I thought I had answered, Marie had beaten me to it. Marie knew everything. More »

Mom Who Claimed Toddler Got Called ‘Faggot’ For Wearing A Pink Headband Is Being Mentally Evaluated

Mom Who Claimed Toddler Got Called 'Faggot' For Wearing A Pink Headband Is Being Mentally Evaluated

Katie Vyktoriah, the mother who got the entire blogosphere to turn around and say OH HELL NO after she alleged that her toddler got a pink headband ripped from his head, isn’t doing so well. After a visit from the authorities to properly assess the Walmart fiasco, Katie, or rather Kathleen Carpenter (her real name) has been taken into police custody herself.
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Anonymous Mom: I Was A Pregnant Rock Climber

Anonymous Mom: I Was A Pregnant Rock Climber

Friends and family were surprised that I was still climbing. When my mom asked what we were up to on the weekend I could almost hear her silent judgment when I replied “climbing.” She, and a few others, had asked me if I was afraid of slamming my belly against the wall. The way that I was climbing made that possibility almost impossible. I exclusively top rope climbed during my pregnancy. More »

Getting Pregnant Made Me Finally Seek Help For My Bulimia

Getting Pregnant Made Me Finally Seek Help For My Bulimia

I had a lot of body image issue growing up. I started developing early and that led to teasing and bullying, which in turn led to self-loathing and eventually an eating disorder. I struggled with what was eventually diagnosed as bulimia from the age of 11 onward and it got to the point where I would binge and purge numerous times a day. I still have the scars on my right hand from making myself throw up, and I’ve battled the physical effects of bulimia as well as the emotional ones. More »

Baby Blues: I’m A Full-On Smoker Again And I’m Not Beating Myself Up About It

Baby Blues: I'm A Full-On Smoker Again And I'm Not Beating Myself Up About It

I am choosing to smoke again.

It’s strange wording it like that, because I’ve never felt like it was a choice before. When I first started smoking cigarettes in my early 20s, it just kind of happened — a cigarette here and there, usually at a bar, sometimes on the drive home from work. It evolved into a pack a day habit. Then I quit a month before getting pregnant with my daughter and remained an ex-smoker for nearly two years. More »

Baby Blues: PPD Is Tricking Me Into Wanting Another Baby

Baby Blues: PPD Is Tricking Me Into Wanting Another Baby

Months ago, when we were going through a very rough patch in our relationship, my husband and I made a pact to not have any more children. Although our marriage has drastically improved, nothing major has changed in our situation to make having another child a viable option — we still have barely enough income, physical space and emotional energy to adequately care for the child we have.

So why, a few weeks ago, was I begging my daughter to give me some sign she wants a sibling? I blame it on my PPD. More »

STFU Parents: Moms Who Reveal Too Much About Their Bodies On Social Media, Part II

STFU Parents: Moms Who Reveal Too Much About Their Bodies On Social Media, Part II

The difference between me and the women featured in today’s column is that I would never share details about my body in a public forum that includes my Uncle Chet, my mom’s best friend, and my first boyfriend from elementary school. As magical as women’s bodies are, and as important as I think it is for women to feel comfortable discussing their bodies with friends, family, and doctors, I like to keep my magic a mystery. No need to spread the word on the internet that my magic is occasionally painful, messy, or (god forbid) requires surgery. There’s a shamelessness that some women have regarding their bodies online, and as a feminist I want so badly to stand behind those women and support them. More »