Birth Trauma Survivor and Maternal Health Advocate

The real man smiles in trouble, gathers strength from distress and grows brave by reflection. -Thomas Paine

This past spring and summer were full of changes–similar to the spring and summer after Miss J was born. We have recently uprooted ourselves and made the big trek from the city to suburbia. This transition is mourned by some, welcomed by others and often necessary once you have children. I got so caught up…

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"We have a secret in our culture, and it's not that birth is painful. It's that women are strong." -Laura Stavoe Harm

It was a long night. Bobby and I passed the time reading, watching tv and pacing the halls of the hospital. I leaned on Bobby as we dragged my oxygen tank and iv fluids around the maternity wing countless times. I could hear the faint cries of newborns throughout the night. I was curious to…

"The belly rules the mind."-Spanish Proverb

April 18, 2010 It was a mild April afternoon, the sky was overcast and the temperature was in the mid-fifties. Every now and then, the sun peeked from behind the clouds. As we drove to the hospital we passed several new condo developments and shopping centers. I devoured the chicken sandwiches we made, ate some…

"I begin to love this creature, and to anticipate her birth as a fresh twist to a knot, which I do not wish to untie." -Mary Wollstonecraft

My water broke at 12:30pm on April 18th, 2010. The night before, I had the best sleep I have ever had in my entire life. It was deep and peaceful, the kind of sleep that while you are sleeping you are somehow aware of how great of a sleep you are having. I slept until ten…

PTSD: My Diagnosis

Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) Post-traumatic stress disorder is an anxiety condition which can occur after you’ve seen or experienced a traumatic event  involving the threat of injury or death. Diagnosis is most commonly assigned to: War veterans, Victims of assault, abuse and rape, terrorism Survivors of natural disasters, crashes and accidents I was diagnosed…