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…

Chiropractic Care During Pregnancy

I was already well into my pregnancy when I heard about the benefits of chiropractic work during pregnancy.  It is especially recommended by women who have had particular ailments in pregnancy – such as back and hip problems –and women who are interested in natural, medication-free birth.  Chiropractic work realigns your bones and joints so…

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…