Birth Category


how she arrived

Her birth was a joy equal to the agony of waiting 41 weeks and 2 days for her. The weekend before she was born I had a Come To Jesus breakthrough about trying too hard to go into labor. I realized that I couldn’t simultaneously be constantly striving, trying different ‘methods’ to start my labor AND… Read more »


so I had a baby

Sometimes when you inadvertently don’t blog for a month, a month which involves giving birth, it’s hard to think of a way to come back to it. Like, do I have to write the birth story first and open with that? Or some sort of wow-factor post? What if I haven’t even uploaded the DSLR… Read more »


meditation? hallucination? you decide.

To prepare for OBoy’s birth two years ago, DanO and I took 10 weeks of birth education classes for Bradley Method birth. The Bradley curriculum main points seem to be husband coached childbirth, empowering information, and practical relaxation techniques. ‘Husband coached’ means the birth partner is there for every contraction, supporting the mama (often literally)… Read more »


the birth of a brother, part 2

This is the second part of OBrother’s birth story. You can find the first part here. The staff got me turned around in the bed and put him on my chest right away. I don’t remember anyone being too alarmist about it, but I do remember that something wasn’t right. OBrother was on my chest,… Read more »