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Well, as you may have seen from the announcement here, Tucker was born almost two weeks ago! The days since have passed in the expected blur, with my mother-in-law coming to cook and help out when we got home from the hospital, and then my mom coming out from Oregon this week. We are sleep deprived and in a bit of shock, I think, but elated.
I thought I’d share my birth story, in case anyone was interested.
Being pregnant can result in unexpected medical conditions. Here, three mothers share the emotional and physical hurdles they faced along the way.
“The idea of a C-section scared me because it is major surgery.” Rachel Rosen, Tarzana, Calif.
When you’re a labor nurse, part of your job description both on and off duty is listening to “story time;” women’s recaps of how labor progressed and how their birth happened. Women must tell. It’s uncontrollable.
“I love being a mom. I feel like life is now complete.” Melisande Green, Los Angeles
At age 37, I found out I was expecting and I was thrilled. I had been separated previously from my husband; but at the time, we were back together. Once I knew I was pregnant, I began to feel as if I needed to watch out for my life in a bigger way. The same problems with my husband kept surfacing, so I filed for divorce when I was six weeks pregnant.
From marathons to job interviews, you've used music to get pumped up before important events your whole life. Labor is no different.
“Music is super important—especially when you’re in a lot of pain,” says rapper Kreayshawn, mom of 6-month-old Desmond. “In the delivery room, music helped me keep my mind off of what was happening.” She shares the tunes that got her through labor day.
You know your delivery probably won’t go down like it did in Knocked Up or on ER (let’s hope), but what labor and childbirth look like has remained mostly a mystery to modern women—until now.
Last week, my niece was born. She was born at home, in a birthing tub, surrounded by midwives, doulas and family. When we heard she was here we were quiet more than jubilant. Somehow, knowing our niece had been born, and knowing--as we now know--what childbirth and childrearing entail, we weren’t in cigar-smoking, champagne-popping mode. Happy, yes. Delighted to have a new niece, relieved and happy and proud to know the home birth had gone well. And….pensive.