T's Birth Story | Happy Mom Musings

T’s Birth Story

I shared K’s birth story when she was one, now I am finally sharing T’s and he is more than two!  Even though it has been a while I do want to share it as T’s birth was a wonderful experience (and I did write most of this soon after the birth).  It was painful,…

Birth Preparation | Happy Mom Musings

Birth Preparation

Unlike in our first pregnancy, Mr. S and I decided not to take a birth class again this time.  Instead, we are doing our own preparation and practice using materials from a hypnobabies course a friend is letting us borrow.  I am also incorporating belly dance and some pregnancy exercises and stretches to make sure…

Tiny One’s Birth Story

Warning: This post is somewhat explicit.  If you are uncomfortable with certain bodily functions (yes, red-haired friend, I am talking to you!), you might want to skip this. One year later, and I am finally sharing Tiny One’s birth story.   I loved reading birth stories when I was pregnant, so I feel that I…

Belly Dancing in Pregnancy and Labor

We are all settling in as a family and I have started working on some new posts, but in the meantime I thought I would share this post which I had prepared before Tiny One was born. In my post on pain coping techniques for labor, I mentioned belly dancing as one of the tools…

Packing Our Hospital Bags

We are almost at 38 weeks and are in our “due month”!  So this past weekend, Mr. S and I put together our hospital bags.  We have two bags – a labor bag, and a recovery bag.  We are using my diaper bag for the labor bag which includes the following: I put together a…

Pain Coping Toolbox for Labor

  One thing everyone knows about labor is that it is intense.  Some people don’t like to use the word pain – Ina May Gaskin uses the word “rush” since she did not experience it as pain.  But for most women it is at least uncomfortable and I hear many describe it as pain, so…

Birth Classes

Mr. S and I attended our 2-day intensive birth class over the last two Sundays. It was great! The classes were taught by our doula using Birthing from Within principles. Birthing from Within has a more introspective bent than other birth classes – it encourages the couple to explore their thoughts and fears about birth…

Call the Midwife on PBS

I was so excited to find this show in my on demand menu!  (I don’t actually know when any tv shows are on any more… if they are not on demand, I don’t watch them.)  Call the Midwife is a British show about midwives working in East London in the 1950s.  It is based on…