All Posts Tagged ‘childbirth’

  • Old Wives Tales

    Monday, April 9th, 2018

    Although it is supposed to torrentially rain today, Spring is coming here in Northern California. We are all sneezing and walking around with itchy eyes from all the pollen in the air. Yesterday, a young mom asked me if sneezing and coughing too much would hurt her baby or cause her water bag to break early. I told her, “No” but her question got me thinking about all the old wives’ tales I’ve heard over the years.

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  • Sleep and Childbirth

    Wednesday, March 15th, 2017

    It isn’t any surprise that I don’t sleep much. Years ago, when I was seriously deciding about whether to become and OB/GYN or a Nurse-Midwife, my biggest concern was sleep. My golden sleep and whether or not I was going to get enough of it. I was so concerned with having to be awake at night that I wasn’t sure I could do any kind of work that potentially involved my needing to be awake and/or functioning during non-daylight hours. My passion for childbirth created a dilemma there. Labor and birth, I’m afraid, do not necessarily, and conveniently occur around desirable sleep hours.

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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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  • Home Birth vs. Hospital Birth

    Tuesday, March 22nd, 2011


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  • Tori’s Introductory Video Post… As In – “The Very First One”

    Thursday, October 14th, 2010

    Here it is! Welcome to my first “video” post. It has taken me the better part of a day to figure it all out. I’m really excited and I welcome your feedback. Come check it out!

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  • A Good Read, Life and Childbirth

    Monday, May 3rd, 2010

    I have no particular idea why I like to write on airplanes more than other places. I have to assume it is because it is a spot where I am actually seated, without the ability to move and I have the blissful experience of privacy thanks to the luxurious purchase of a Bose headset some years ago.

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  • Fox 17 Morning News Interview: Preparing For Birth

    Saturday, August 22nd, 2009

    This is the second installment (of three) of my interview with Fox 17 Morning News. In this segment I was happy to share some thoughts about preparing for the birth of your baby. I have found that this particular topic can be loaded and confusing for many women. Pregnancy information is pretty straightforward and women tend not to get too many “opinions” about what they “should” or “should not” do. But all that changes when labor is upcoming.

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  • The Delicate Balance of Life and Death

    Thursday, July 2nd, 2009

    I don’t like talking about the sad and difficult aspects of birth. But these two stories struck me and made me want to again bring up the simple truth that the birth process is not inherently simple and safe and the balance of life and death is delicate. We have to be careful not to put more emphasis on the “experience” rather than the “outcome”. Although these situations are vastly different they both show the precarious nature of bringing life into the world.

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  • Rewards of Motherhood: A Mother’s Day Edition

    Friday, May 1st, 2009

    As it’s getting closer to Mother’s Day I am doing a lot of thinking about motherhood. Just as with the stages of pregnancy, it changes and shifts as we move through each new stage and phase of our fetus/infant/toddler/child/tween/teenager… ah heck, baby’s life.

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  • Building Community on the Internet

    Monday, April 13th, 2009

    As you are getting to know me as a perinatal nurse and author who has a true passion for pregnancy and childbirth you should also know that I am a full-time, working, single mom. My husband, Ray died 4 years ago very quickly from an aggressive form of cancer when my son, Alexander was 4 years old and I was pregnant with our 3rd baby. Two years earlier we had lost a child late in my pregnancy during a life-saving surgery of mine.

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