Better living through science, they say. That’s been my life since childhood. I was a sick, sick kid. Due to my constant exposure to latex through a number of operations and procedures as a young person, I have a latex allergy. Due to the constant in-and-out of the ER, hospitals, and specialists from South Bend […]Read More My love-hate relationship with medicine and why it’s the real truth
Ever seen a “super mom” badge for those women who exclusively breastfed for 12 months ? If you’ve had a kid in the past 5 years, you would be living under a rock if you haven’t seen one of these badges on social media. My personal favorite type of these awards comes from the “Boobie […]Read More Golden Boobies, Guilt, and a Dose of Reality in Mom Achievements
Today, I’m talking about an issue that does not attract much attention even in the circles which discuss pre-natal and post-natal depression. Honestly, even in the discussion of mental illness, this topic is often left out even if it is an especially common issue. Today, I am approaching drug abuse in pregnancy and in struggles […]Read More Substance Abuse is a Feminist Issue and a Maternal Issue
When R was born, I wanted to see the placenta. I asked about that in our birth class. Everyone in the room thought I was weird for asking, “Can we see our placenta”. Much to my husband’s dismay and horror, I did see it (and so did he). I grew up with horses giving birth […]Read More I’m Officially Opposed to Encapsulating Your Placenta Now
Recently, Sage Biotech, a company which has an experimental treatment for Postpartum Depression (PPD), posted their team at the ACOG conference in May posing beside their new ad campaign. While there is hope that this new drug may show promise for moms like me suffering from PPD, I am about to tell you why this […]Read More Postpartum Depression is not a Pacifier
I’m a Type A woman with OCD. I have probably always been a perfectionist and my own worst critic. I have really never failed at much. I don’t say this as a gloat. But I’m also usually a fair judge of my own capabilities and not one to take huge risks, either. A part of […]Read More Failure to mom?
I’ve often compared my ability to parent and have a relationship with my husband to the relationship between passengers in a row on a plane. You can’t help your family if you can’t help yourself or help your partner when they need. Adults have needs. We need to meet them so we can be good […]Read More Maternal Mental Health: A long and lonely road