All Posts Tagged ‘labor’

  • 50 Useful Pregnancy iPhone Applications

    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

    I was contacted by these folks a couple of months ago and since I love iPhone apps I thought I would pass these along to you. I haven’t reviewed all 50 but some of them are really great. Enjoy!

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  • Alexander’s 9th Birthday

    Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009

    Saturday was Alexander’s 9th birthday. He was born on December 19, 2000 at 9:40pm, weighing in at 6 lbs. 12 oz and 19 ¼ inches long. He had a full head of dark blondish hair with these amazing little silver tips, as though it were frosted.

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  • Pain

    Saturday, November 14th, 2009

    Pain is such an interesting and complex subject. For so many reasons. How it feels is entirely personal, it has some cultural influence, and how we deal with it is greatly affected by our previous experiences, our level of exhaustion, our state of mind and what kind of support we have.

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  • When Things Don’t Go As Planned: Preeclampsia

    Monday, October 5th, 2009

    As I continue the discussion on home-birth I’d like to share with you my experience with Alexander’s birth. It is an excellent example of how unexpectedly things can change.

    I was really healthy during my pregnancy. A week before my December 24th due date, my water bag broke in the Christmas card aisle of our local drugstore (that’s another story) and within a few hours I was in booming labor. However, when I arrived at the hospital, my blood pressure was extremely high, 180/120. My normal blood pressure is about 90/60. I had noticed my feet were pretty puffy but did not realize that I had gained 9 pounds (in fluid) since the previous day. Shockingly and randomly, I had preeclampsia and was developing something called HELLP (hemolysis, elevated liver enzyme levels, and a low platelet count) syndrome, the most severe complication of preeclampsia.

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