The full human experience includes this: pregnancy, birth, life, death. And if all goes well and normally, the pregnancy is 9 months, the birth takes a day or so, the life is decades long, and the death neither sneaks up nor hovers for too long. But the normal order is sometimes confused. The pregnancy is too short. […]
There is an expectation with pregnancy that growing a life leads to glowing. The question, “How are you feeling?” is supposed to elicit maybe some talk about morning sickness, followed quickly by, “But we’re so excited.” The words “prenatal depression” are rarely heard even in the rare case they are acknowledged by the expectant mom.
We talked to some soon-to-be-moms about this, their first pregnancy, to find out how they are feeling, what they are thinking, and what their story is as they are on the brink of becoming someone new. Someone’s mom.
Among her 5 children, Alanna Smith has had just about every type of childbirth experience you can have, and each one has left an impression and shaped her perspective. In episode 10 she shares the ups and downs of childbirth—and how, by the time she had her 4th baby, she found what she was looking for in a healthy birth.
by Bonnie Overly When I was in college, my sister-in-law and I took a yoga class together. While all the ladies around me balanced gracefully with their legs around their ears, I spent most of the time on the floor laughing. “Down dog” was about the only position I could execute without falling over sideways. […]
by Valerie Best About a year after my husband James graduated from NYU, and maybe a couple of years before I started grad school at Brooklyn College, we had a little indie improv team. Our name was Albatross Applesauce, and we performed a total of three shows. We rehearsed plenty. We worked with coaches and […]
In episode 8, Misty told us about how when she was 18, she was diagnosed with an auto-immune disease that made it a really bad idea for her to have biological children, and about the first few disappointments she and her husband went through as they pursued growing their family through adoption. In this episode […]
At 18, Misty was a college freshman enjoying the freedom of life away from home for the first time. Then she got sick, and her life changed dramatically. One result: she could no longer safely bear children. Instead she and her husband have adopted 3 children—and brought many others into their family as well.
“I never stopped building my life,” Gloria says. At 17, she found herself pregnant and abandoned. At 18 she gave birth to her baby in a new country where she hardly spoke the language. Since then she has continued to work and to make something beautiful from the unexpected life she found herself in.
Best things about breastfeeding: bonding, still moments, connection, losing the baby weight. Worst things: lack of sleep, hallucinations, insanity, depression.