I questioned my early induction date and I’m so glad I did

Shares 342 I was supposed to be induced today. Had things gone according to the original plan, I imagine I’d be somewhere in the middle of labor right now, (hopefully) just hours or minutes away from meeting my baby for the first time. But instead, I’m home finishing up house projects, getting work squared away, and trying to rest as much as I can. It’s a really good feeling, and I’m…

Tearjerker video tells the beautiful and heart-wrenching story of adoption

Shares 341 Adoption is emotional and complicated, selfless and humbling, and all of that and more is captured in the video you are about to see. The 22-minute documentary was created by The Archibald Project, an orphan care advocacy nonprofit based in Austin, Texas. It follows a birth mother and an adoptive couple as they move through the days immediately following the baby’s birth. Texas, like many states, has a…

My IVF journey part 4: What happens to the body during egg stimulation

Shares 341 Over the next 8 weeks, we invite you to come along on an IVF journey, step by intense step. From making the decision to go forward with in-vitro fertilization, to the meds involved and what they’re really like, and to finding out whether this emotional and sometimes painful roller coaster ride yielded the results so dreamed of and prayed for. BabyCenter blogger Melissa Willets will be documenting every detail in a…

Woman Sues City Of Tulsa For Cutting Down Her Edible Garden

“A Tulsa woman is suing the city’s code enforcement officers after she said they cut down her garden with no cause. Denise Morrison said she has more than 100 plant varieties in her front and back yards and all of them are edible and have a purpose. She knows which ones will treat arthritis, which will make your food spicy, which ones keep mosquitoes away and treat bug bites, but…

The first-ever flushable pregnancy test has arrived & it’s about time

Shares 961 If you’re anything like me, taking a pregnancy test isn’t a one-and-done affair. Between too-early testing and incessant confirmation, I’ve probably gone through at least a dozen pee sticks per pregnancy. And sadly, all of that plastic has ended up in the landfill. However, times could be changing. That’s because the first-ever flushable pregnancy test is here. Founded by Bethany Edwards and Anna Simpson in 2015, the company behind…

I didn’t have an orgasmic birth, but my postpartum meal was a close second

O-o-oh, for the love of oatmeal. My water broke at 5:30 a.m. on a Wednesday. I gave birth at 3:30 a.m. on a Thursday. Under normal circumstances I’d have been hungry after going 22 hours without food, but put labor and delivery (akin to running a marathon, let’s not forget) on top and I was drained. From roughly 5:00-6:00 a.m. postpartum I slept, then woke to find a cafeteria angel had…

Video: The not-so-pretty reality of postpartum hair loss

Shares 653 After each of my pregnancies I knew losing my hair was a possibility, having heard other moms talk about this icky postpartum reality. But when you’re standing in the shower and you pull out a chunk of your hair it’s still shocking, no matter how many times it’s happened, or how prepared you are for your mop to jump scalp. Postpartum hair loss is the result of changing…

Yay! Baby born to woman with uterus transplant

Shares 342 For anyone struggling with infertility because of a non-existent or non-functioning uterus, a new medical breakthrough is offering a ray of hope. On Friday, Baylor University Medical Center announced that for the first time in the United States, a woman who had a uterus transplant gave birth to a baby. The only other place this has happened is at a hospital in Sweden, where uterus transplants have resulted…

My IVF journey part 3: What the injections are really like

Shares 344 Over the next 9 weeks, we invite you to come along on an IVF journey, step by intense step. From making the decision to go forward with in-vitro fertilization, to the meds involved and what they’re really like, and to finding out whether this emotional and sometimes painful roller coaster ride yielded the results so dreamed of and prayed for. BabyCenter blogger Melissa Willets will be documenting every detail in a…