A birth story in photos

Jessica is the photographer behind JRSD Photography (she's also written about pre-baby body myths on Offbeat Mama). She's also a brand new mama (as of October 8), and she shared…..

What you'll forget to pack in your birth bag

"As the time draws nearer for my son to arrive and I prepare to go to the hospital I can't help but wonder what should you really take? Sure the hospital provides you with a list but I want to know what real offbeat mamas say worked for them or what they wish they had when they were in the hospital."

Taking the NICU with a grain of salt

The NICU can be a scary place. It really isn't ever on anyone's birth plan, but can show up. What's even scary is when you don't know what's going on. I remember when I was told that my son would be in the NICU for an extended period of time. I was beyond frightened. I felt helpless and like I did something wrong to make my baby sick. Looking back on it there's quite a few things I wish I knew. Knowing them now, I hope to share them and make someone's experience in the NICU a whole lot less scary.