Surprise!

I was on a trip with my husband to Boston to attend my god-daughter’s baptism. I was HUGELY pregnant with my first. Hours before the big event, I remember holding her sleeping body against mine when the urge struck: I needed to pee, and I needed to pee NOW! Her parents were not in the […]

No “Training” Needed

I read this article from the New York Times and let me first acknowledge all of the really great things the author writes about as a new Momma: the need she has to ask her partner for more help, the attempts she makes to encourage her partner to show up and participate as a new […]

BREAKING NEWS!!!

I love it when research supports what I’ve been preaching for the past twenty years! I love science…

Appreciation is Key – Don’t Forget to Say Thank You!

Let’s get real for a minute… Parenting is hard. Really hard. And here’s where I need to give a sincere shout-out to all of you who are doing this work solo. You deserve a standing ovation. Seriously. Single parenting is double, triple and on some days I’d imagine, quadruple harder than when you have a partner […]

What About the Partners???

http://www.animalplanet.com/wild-animals/photos/amazing-animal-dads/ I just had a private session with a couple who are expecting their second baby in about four weeks. I’d worked with them privately the first go-around due to her unique work schedule – trying to get into a one-day express class was not even an option. And while I always encourage people to […]

What Do I Do Right?

I’m taking part in Elly Taylor’s, Becoming Us Facilitator Training, and it’s fantastic! This training is based on her book, Becoming Us: 8 Steps to Grow a Family That Thrives. I love this book as it aims to prepare couples by presenting them with normal, realistic expectations for the transition to parenthood. Through this training, […]

Boys (And Some Girls?) Don’t Cry

My six-year old son stood in front of me with tears streaming down his face and his lips in a full downward pout – so different from his usual dimpled, teeth-just-coming-in, goofy grin. He was crying because he’s feeling anxious about starting up swim lessons again. In January. I knelt down to make eye contact […]

Help! I Need Somebody! Help! Not Just Anybody!

I’m in a group of Mommas who realized something many years ago – we all had ADs: “Alpha Daughters!” They were just Kindergarteners at the time, but most of them had older siblings and had been coming to the playground for years. They thought they ruled the school! We all realized their wonderful potential, but […]

Rethinking Early Labor Series: PART III

In my last two posts, I discussed how laboring women and their partners are being encouraged to stay at home and away from the hospital for most, if not all, of their early labor. But the definition of early labor has changed. It is now believed that a woman is still in early labor until […]

Rethinking Early Labor Series: PART II

  In my last post, I identified that laboring women and their partners are being encouraged to stay at home and away from the hospital in early labor. But the definition of early labor has changed. It’s now widely believed that a laboring woman needs to get to about 6 cm dilation before active labor […]