All Posts in ‘Blog’

  • Twins and Triplets

    Sunday, April 26th, 2015

    What an incredibly wonderful day I had today. This morning I had the pleasure of being a participant in the vaginal birth of breech twin girls. This is not at all common and needs to happen in the hands of a skilled provider and an excellent support team. The birth was lovely and everything went very smoothly. Later in the day, I shared in another wonderful birth of triplets.

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  • All Before Coffee

    Thursday, October 30th, 2014

    Tomorrow is Halloween — I am re-posting this from some time ago. Why? Because at the moment I am facing the challenge of a budding teenager and because it makes me remember why kids are simply the best. EVER.

    7:20 am: (small boy jumping up on my bed) “Mom. It’s time to get up. Get up!! ”

    7:21 am: (while trying to keep my eyes closed)

    “Alexander, Mom needs a little more sleep this morning. Why don’t you bring a book down?”

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  • Let Yourself Be Tired… Sleep

    Wednesday, September 24th, 2014

    I am working on a piece about my friend, Mary. Mary has retired after being an OB nurse for 45 years. I have much to say about Mary but I am going to finish it to post later in the week. Because tonight, I am just plain tired. Pooped.

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  • Happy Mother’s Day To My Mom and To All of You

    Sunday, May 11th, 2014

    One of my favorite songs, by John Mayer, has a line that says, “Girls become lovers who turn into mothers, so, mothers, be good to your daughters, too.” This resonates with me because all the work I do concerns the parents that you will become, or already are. When I was pregnant, a close friend who has three children said to me, “Don’t wish away your pregnancy or those first sleep-deprived months. One day, you’ll wish for them back.” This is so true. I love each stage of Alexander’s growth, but some days, I wish he still had tiny feet! Although the parent-child relationship is always complicated, it is also the most fundamental human bond. I just want to share with you a story of my own mom.

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  • Breasts – What On Earth Are They For?

    Tuesday, December 3rd, 2013

    Here again, is the beauty of having a forum for my own thoughts, opinions, and philosophies. The luxury of it being written is that anyone can choose to read it or not read it, have an opinion about it, comment on it or best yet, to really think about what is behind just the words.

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  • Happy Mother’s Day!

    Saturday, May 11th, 2013

    I tell this story each year because it is important to me. Long ago, my own mother and I developed a tradition; I no longer remember who started it. The winters in the Midwest can be brutal, but in spring, the world comes back to life. May apples, trilliums, crocuses, and violets are the first flowers to appear.

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  • The Truth About Misinformation-I Am Perpetually Stunned

    Tuesday, February 19th, 2013

    Some people tell stories when they write. Some tell facts or talk of important journalistic issues. I have a tendency merely to put into words what sloshes around in my brain. The funny thing about this is that I am not really a “literary person”. I don’t read cathartic current novels, I was in a book club for 5 years and finally quit because no one ever liked my idea of reading Stephen King and honestly, for me, books and movies are really only a source of leisure, diversion or entertainment. I really do think life provides me with enough challenges to want to spend money or my free time watching or reading about others’.

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  • So Long 2012

    Monday, December 31st, 2012

    I’m writing. Like a mad woman. I believe writing to be a bit like art. It can be difficult if there isn’t something sparking the words. Or, sometimes, as is the case with me, I just haven’t had too much to say. At least not on paper. I always have plenty to say.

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  • Do We Really Need To Drink Eight Glasses of Water A Day?

    Thursday, October 11th, 2012

    I am one of those people who never drinks quite enough water. I just don’t. I have to think about it, remind myself about it, and my trigger is most often thirst. Thirst supposedly comes after the point where you are getting dehydrated.

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  • Better Birth

    Friday, August 31st, 2012

    Childbirth is on my mind. Not merely because pregnancy and birth are part of my very fabric but because I see a new trend in birth again becoming terribly “polarized”. Historically, it happens every couple of decades. Today, as the holes in our health-care system are glaringly apparent, birth has become a hot topic for dissection. You can see it in the multitude of childbirth books with titles such as “Better Birth”, “Your Best Birth”, “The Best Birth” . Every pregnant woman will tell you that, more than once she has been asked the million dollar questions. Doctor or midwife? Home or hospital? Natural or medicated? Epidural or not? And then, regardless of her answer, she is told what is “better, best, what she absolutely should or shouldn’t do” and on and on. It is exhaustive and rather than being helpful, more often leaves a woman feeling confused, frustrated and unsure of herself and her choices.

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