Right off the bat, I must confess that I am writing this at 37 weeks pregnant and racked in pain. I had every intention of writing an eloquent reflection on mothers, as we have just celebrated Mother’s Day, and add my knowledge to my experience and pull it together to witness to the great power that resonates from every mother.
However, I have no intellect left. I have no knowledge beyond the present; I am a wash... [Read more...]
This theme has been cropping up since we first heard the devastating news from the ultrasound technician, ”The baby’s heart isn’t beating.” At that moment I would have traded my own heart if it meant my baby’s might begin to beat again. But that was not to happen. As the tears rolled down my face I couldn’t help but think that in that very same hospital there might be a woman... [Read more...]
“No one here is going to tell you that you can’t breastfeed your baby, but here are your daughter’s test results,” the doctor told me as I looked longingly at my four week old daughter. She had an IV on the top of her head, was just taken off of oxygen support, and was being nourished by a feeding tube through her nose. We had been in the NICU nearly a week, and without anything by mouth the whole... [Read more...]
When I was in my second year of teaching, I had a co-worker come up to me in the hallway and inform me that she had had a dream that I was pregnant, that she was “usually pretty good about knowing these things,” and that I should probably take a test. I laughed, and told her that I actually was on day 32 or something of my cycle, which was usually a solid 28 days. Her face lit up, and she asked what... [Read more...]
It should come as no shock that the prevalent American culture puts a high value on the sexual identity of a woman. How sleek, slender and fierce she looks in order to complete her job or attract a significant other. Well this afternoon I was using Google to try and find something I had watched a few nights ago on Youtube before I went to bed and I stumbled across another article. Stop posting that Dove ad: “Real... [Read more...]