Our Bodies Are Not ‘Meant For’ Childbirth

Our bodies are meant for this.

This innocent-sounding phrase is everywhere. You read it in novels. You hear the instructor in childbirth class repeat it again and again. And it’s all over on social media. It’s something women say to other women because they think that it is encouraging and helpful. Maybe you’ve even said it yourself because you were trying to reassure your pregnant friend that everything was going to turn out all right. Childbirth is scary so if you believe that we as women are “meant for this” maybe the whole thing will seem easier, but really that sentiment doesn’t help at all.

mother monkey breastfeeding baby Continue reading “Our Bodies Are Not ‘Meant For’ Childbirth”

The Girl Who Tried to Jump Into the World – A Birth Story

IMG_2109

Allow me to introduce to you, our new baby girl, Ada.

Ada came into this world on a snowy night less than three weeks ago and she made quite an entrance.

Here is the story of her birth:

A couple Mondays ago, I was thirty-nine weeks pregnant. I was supposed to go to my regular weekly appointment with my midwives. But we were in the middle of another huge northeastern blizzard that was expected to dump over a foot of snow, so my husband and I decided that it was more dangerous to try to drive to the appointment than to skip it. Continue reading “The Girl Who Tried to Jump Into the World – A Birth Story”