“Mommy, push me high-yaaaa,” my 2.5-year-old yells from his perch on the swing set glider, laughing in delight as I pull the ride-on toy back to launch him into the air, my burgeoning belly getting kicked along the way. My 4-year-old shouts for another push from the single swing a few feet away, so I […]
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Well, a year after I had my C-section, I’m done feeling weird about it. You know what? I’m not inadequate; I’m a magic trick.
In 2014, I welcomed a beautiful little girl into the world. But I almost didn’t get to see her grow up. After several years of trying, my husband and I were thrilled when I became pregnant. But it wasn’t an easy pregnancy. First there were the many subchorionic hematomas that plagued me. I worried constantly […]
When my husband and I decided to have our third child, we did so knowing it would be our last. We were already overwhelmed with our 5-year-old autistic son and our extremely active and demanding 2-year-old daughter. Having already had two C-sections, I knew my doctors would strongly suggest I have a scheduled C-section at […]
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I had a C-section with my son, and I feel cheated. I know, rationally, a birth is a birth. And the fact that I have my son is the most important thing. Yet, when I see all these articles and social media posts about how we should be just as proud of a C-section and […]
Deep down, in my heart of hearts, I knew I was having a second boy when I was only seven weeks pregnant. I had gotten together with a friend to have a cup of coffee and share the news that I was pregnant, and we immediately launched into whether I would be having a boy […]
There are moments in your childhood that you hold on to, however insignificant they seem at the time. One of those moments happened at a restaurant with my mom when I was 7 or 8. The overall experience was awful. Bad service and wrong orders were followed by the inevitable whining and pushing food around […]
Mother’s Day is on May 8 this year, and the upcoming holiday has us all reminiscing about the various ways we became mothers. Here is one such birth story. Last September, I gave birth to my second child in an incredibly easy fashion. Once contractions started, we calmly made our way to Newton-Wellesley, where I labored […]
Mother’s Day is on May 8 this year, and the upcoming holiday has us all reminiscing about the various ways we became mothers. Here is one such birth story. My colleagues used to tease me that I treated pregnancy like training for a marathon, and, to be honest, they were mostly correct. I followed a […]
When I became pregnant with my second child, I was 5’3″ and weighed 118 pounds. Growing up, I was always the shortest kid in class and was prominently featured in the front row of all group photos. I do not share this about myself to be vain; I want to emphasize the fact that I am little. I […]
Congratulations, you’re having a baby! From now on, everything in your life will seem overwhelmingly chock full of options. So, it’s a fitting initiation to motherhood that one of the first decisions you’ll make — your labor and delivery location — is difficult to navigate. Boston has the highest number of hospitals per capita of […]
Whenever I’m asked about my son’s birth, I preface the story with, “I’m crazy, but…” It’s as if I want to soften the blow of what I did that day. I was to be induced, with Cytotec and Pitocin, and I didn’t get an epidural. Pitocin-induced contractions are significantly more intense than drug-free ones. To […]
Motherhood comes with a host of choices about what is best for you, your family, and your children. We at Boston Moms Blog are a diverse group of moms who want to embrace these choices instead of feeling guilty or judged for them! We are starting our “Parenting Perspectives” series with a look at the […]
Heather is a certified postpartum doula and mother of two boys, ages 7 and 11 months, and a girl, age 4. Her passion is to support families through the challenging transition of adding a newborn (or two!) by offering classes, consultations, support groups, and in-home care. She was born and grew up in Massachusetts and […]