Have screaming kid, will travel

It all started when the pills ran out. You see, when a 4'11", petite-in-every-place girl delivers a 10 pound baby, there is a lot of, ahem, stitching and fixing up to be done.

Normally I decline medication, but after Jonah tore into the world my doctor didn't have to push it. In the hospital, floating on pain medicine, I was still struck by how completely unprepared I was for taking care of a baby, but I was handling it okay.

Then I went home.


Seriously dude, Mondays make me feel like that too. If you have a serious case of the Mondays, I highly recommend you check out the rest of this photo shoot…..

Introducing Therese, our resident midwifery advisor (and Ariel's mom)

Yes, nepotism is alive and well here on Offbeat Mama! I'm not sure how many of you know this, but my mom Therese is a retired midwife, midwifery advocate, and educator.

Offbeat Mama supports each family choosing a birth plan that's right for them, but it seems like we would be remiss if we didn't take advantage of the fact that my mom's got a massive wealth of knowledge about midwifery … and so I've asked her to write a column for us called Ask the Midwife.