This post is for the women who are silent. The ones that will quietly nod their heads and wipe their angry tears. Birth isn’t always what you dreamed it would be, is it?
By Chrissy Howe. The mind has a mighty ability to fight and survive, even in the darkest times.
By Pam Moore. Motherhood is about letting go of the child and fatherhood is about developing a relationship with the child.
By Vanessa Dueck. As a marathon runner, this realization of my limits came as a bit of a shock.
By Ann Jamison. May I make it through this day…
By Meryl Carver-Almond. Sometime in that postpartum haze, I realized that, while I had gained a whole new barometer for measuring love, I had lost something almost as big.
By Erika Krumbeck. I wish someone had told me to stop feeling guilty. That it wasn’t due to any “wrong” choice in pregnancy or pre-pregnancy. That it wasn’t because I’m not strong enough or healthy enough or smart enough or wealthy enough.
I’m sure all moms can relate (at least I hope you can) to feeling that you’ve changed immensely since becoming a mom. In my five and a half years of parenting, I certainly have. There are the quite obvious physical changes, but also subtler personality changes too. I quite frequently reflect on my pre-kid days and wonder what the heck did I do with all that free TIME or oh how I miss sleeping. Mostly though I wish I could be that focused again. For the last six years I’ve been in a thick fog that I just can’t shake.
All I feel after a 22 hour labor (six of which I were in the transition phase), is relief that it is over. I don't feel joy or love.
By Melissa Bangs. The agony of missing my daughter was accompanied by the shame of abandoning her.