This: …is not reality. It’s an edited for entertainment version of what teen parenting might look like. But the magazine covers? The sensationalizing and “shockers” they’re trying to sell as the teen parenting narrative? That’s not reality. Between the sensationalism … Continue reading
In the “Mommy Wars” – nobody ever wins. There’s too much judgement and defensiveness going around, and too many personal feelings and pride at stake for there to ever be a clear winner. And yet, despite the fact that nobody … Continue reading
UPDATE: We did not end up winning the GOOD Maker contest. But we were certainly encouraged that we came in 6 out of 82! We will be pursuing crowd sourcing to help fund this project, so keep an eye out … Continue reading
A recent survey has found that nearly half of American women ages 18-49 have had at least one unplanned/accidental pregnancy. In response to these findings, a new program called the What Will You Do? Campaign has launched to improve education … Continue reading
There is a plethora of books intended for mothers-to-be that line the shelves of bookstores, and more than enough websites targeted to the same demographic. Most of these books and sites regurgitate tried and true advice or trite, cutesy rhetoric, … Continue reading
Actress, neuroscientist, and mama Mayim Bialik can now add author to her impressive list of accomplishments. Her first book, Beyond The Sling: A Real-Life Guide To Raising Confident, Loving Children the Attachment Parenting Way, is currently out in bookstores and … Continue reading
5 years ago…
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.
Yesterday I posted a link on the Mamafesto Facebook page to an interview with midwife and author Ina May Gaskin. The interview, part of the Feministing Five series, was a wonderful read, and showed how Ina May connects feminism with her … Continue reading
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.
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.