Elective Induction

The topic of Elective Induction has been on my "to-do" list for the Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me? series for nearly a year. I know that what works for some won't work for others, and that what I desire for my own births may not be what's best for you, but the fact is, elective inductions carry some rather scary risks, and I think it's important that we flesh it out.  The … [Read more...]

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Bed Rest During Pregnancy {Reader Question}

Gratefully, I've been blessed with four healthy, full-term pregnancies.  I have no experience with bed rest, but understand that it is a concern for many expecting mamas. Just yesterday I received the following question: Do you or any of your followers have ideas for a care package to give to a friend that is on bed rest in the hospital with her twin boys at 25 weeks? … [Read more...]

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When to Say When

I'm in the mood for a thoughtful discussion. Let's do that, shall we? The last few Why didn't anyone tell me? posts have pretty much been questions.  Questions that, quite frankly, are impossible to answer correctly, because the correct answer is different for everyone! When is the best time to start a family? What is the ideal child spacing? Is it safe to get … [Read more...]

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Pregnancy after 35

***UPDATE*** Be sure to check out the encouraging comments on Facebook, too! I've so enjoyed the discussions generated on our last two topics, Ideal Child Spacing, and When to Start a Family, that when a reader emailed the following question, I offered to ask it here.  This, again, may be a difficult subject for some, but I think there is much value in getting perspective … [Read more...]

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Ideal Child Spacing

I'm thrilled with the discussion generated by last week's Why Didn't Anyone Tell Me? reader question:  When's the best time to start a family? The consensus:  yes, there are valid reasons to postpone or try to "schedule" the arrival of children, but 1) don't count on it happening or not happening as you plan it, and 2) children are a blessing whenever they … [Read more...]

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