Epidural: Friend or Foe?

Well, I asked for suggestions for a new blog entry and someone helpfully suggested one of the most controversial topics in maternity care: THE EPIDURAL. Is this too much for one blog entry? I guess we’ll find out because I’m going to take it on. But...

You’ve entered the judgement-free zone

Everybody has opinions. Everybody has biases. I’m no different. Lets just get that out of the way right here. Something else to get out of the way: I am a birth junkie. It’s what I geek out on. When I had my two babies, I had not one second of doubt about...

Wonder Woman for a Day

It’s kind of a funny story. I was listening to Fresh Air on NPR on the way to pick up my daughter from school and Terry Gross was talking with Jimmy Fallon about how he came to be on Saturday Night Live. It turns out that Jimmy Fallon wanted to be on SNL almost...

Eeny meeny miney mo

Life is about decision-making. Some decisions are small (Do I wear the rainbow-striped socks or the green argyle ones?).  And, of course, some decisions are BIG, like, “Where should I have my baby?” And you would never make that kind of decision based on a...

Compassionate Care

Does every woman need a doula? I’m a doula, so I’m pretty sure I’m supposed to answer this question with an unequivocal “yes.”  But that wouldn’t be quite honest, would it? Because, like most things, it’s more complicated than...