525,600 Minutes… x 5

5 years ago…

Belly was close to bursting...

It all started the day before. I had been having contractions on and off for over a week. I was so anxious to meet our baby, and these “teases” of labor were starting to wear on me. But the funny thing was, that Thursday morning I was feeling really great! After a week of prodromal labor, I woke up that morning feeling like I was in the middle of my 2nd trimester – no real crampiness or contractions, and I even had energy to spare. Even the pelvic bone pain I had been experiencing for the last month or two had finally subsided.

Despite the grateful break in discomfort, I was still ready to meet this babe of ours. Our doula, Chana Luba, came over that morning to check in on us. She had a little “talk” with the baby to encourage some movement and possibly labor.

Chana Luba also gave me an excellent massage on my legs/feet and pressed some labor-inducing pressure points. She showed MD how to do them as well…with the hope that it would stimulate something. Then she set me up on a homeopathic regimen taking Gelsimium, Cimicifuga, and Caulophyllum.

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Teen Pregnancy & Motherhood: One Woman’s Thoughts

I’m bursting with pride over today’s post. It’s a guest post from Liz Crossen, a woman that I am honored to call a friend. I’ve known Liz for many years, and I’ve had the privilege to watch her journey from a teen mom of two beautiful sons to a young mother working toward a degree in Women’s Studies.

Liz & Her Sons

When Liz told me about her upcoming thesis project for her major – focusing on the issue of teen motherhood in the US, I was immediately enthralled, and asked her to do a small write up about it for the blog. I just knew that there would be others that would latch on to her research, just as interested and excited by it as I’ve come to be.

Synopsis of Undergraduate Thesis (1 of 2) for Women’s Studies Major, for The Mamafesto Blog

 Liz Crossen

October 11, 2011