By Jordan Sapir The fluorescent lights were short circuiting and the toilet was flowing; it was freezing. If it weren’t for the loud pitched screams of my baby, I might have been able to hear the footsteps in the hallway … Continue reading The Day I had No More Fucks to Give
By Katie Rössler With my first pregnancy, I only read articles online or chapters of books that I thought really mattered to my pregnancy and the view of how my birth would go … that means I read nothing about … Continue reading C-section vs. Natural Birth: It’s All Giving Birth
Postpartum Depression Awareness Month A Note from the Editor By Jordan Sapir Über Moms are at it again! We’re on our soap boxes, empowering mothers and telling our stories. Every month we discuss what should be discussed; like any bureaucracy, … Continue reading Letter from the Editor
By Carolyn Hecken Trigger Warning: This article contains discussion of obstetric violence. November 25th is Roses Revolution Day. “What’s that?” you might ask. The Roses Revolution is a movement established in 2013 to raise awareness about the prevalence and … Continue reading Roses Revolution 2018
By Pia Johansson Both my daughters were born in almost the same way (well, they all are, aren’t they), labour started naturally, progression was fast at first, then not, followed by epidural and eventually emergency C-sections. Yet the last one … Continue reading The Weakest Link
by Claire Behrens After those long nine months full of dreams and plans for the future, most new mothers think the hardest part is over: a healthy, full-term pregnancy and delivery. Now they can enjoy this beautiful baby in their … Continue reading Postpartum Depression: A Mood Disorder
By Amie Mignatti Each of us, as individual women, make a choice about when we have children and with whom. This can be a well planned out decision, or something that happens, but it’s a choice that was made at … Continue reading The Price of Motherhood
Overcoming Trauma and Restoring Faith in My Body by Leah Hasse Like many new mothers, when I found out I was pregnant with my first child I felt overwhelmed at making sure I had the best care possible. I didn’t … Continue reading My Healing Home Birth
By Mallika Bhatia “An activity done during our free time, for pleasure,” is how the dictionary defines a hobby. It is that, of course, but it is also so much more. A hobby is an activity done for the pleasure … Continue reading Leisure or Lifeline
by Julie Leonard Are those days gone when you regularly went to the hairdressers, got your nails done, enjoyed a spa day, or even remembered your regular check ups at the dentist? Before I had a child, I had so much freedom and free time to enjoy regular me-time, and didn’t think twice about planning in some self care. But after my son was born, for a long time it came very far down the list, until I started taking my own advice and began to think about my self care. When I talk to women about self care, the … Continue reading Self Care For Busy Moms
by Amie Mignatti Becoming a mother is such a big life change, and often it takes time to step into our new role fully. The beginnings of pregnancies are filled with beautiful dreams of our children, and how we will be the best mom ever to this little bundle of joy. Soon after, in the first few months, come the fears and uncertainty, with thoughts of whether we are truly capable of being the best mom ever. And then the baby comes. It’s a time filled with love and wonder: we have created this perfect being and we want to … Continue reading Finding Our Way Forward in Motherhood
by Lisa Davidson I always knew what I wanted and where I wanted to go. I wanted to become a writer, wanted to experience life in the US, wanted to be married by age 21. I missed my last goal by three days, which didn’t blur the happy occasion. I was lucky to find a man like my husband so early in life. I knew what I had in him from the second I met him, and I swore myself to work hard to keep us happy. Therefore, my next goal became to be the perfect wife. My life was … Continue reading Where Did I Go?
by Mariia Ginzburg “In giving birth to our babies, we may find that we give birth to new possibilities within ourselves.” – Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn What were your expectations while you were pregnant for the first time? I was the one who believed that maternity leave would allow me to finally finish all my undone stuff, to explore museums with my sleeping angel, to have more time for my friends and hobbies, to gain some new professional skills and to develop my pilot project. Well, everything I couldn’t do being full-time working career-oriented lady. I believed there would be … Continue reading Busy Bee Goes on Maternity Leave
by Jordan Sapir I arrive, and the line is not only around the corner, but two city blocks long. Wait, I thought, they said the doors open at 9:00! It’s 8:15. There is no way this line is that long. … Continue reading The Fall. The Wall.
A Nameless Woman: Life After Mom A Note from the Editor by Jordan Sapir There are a lot of missing links involved in life after babies. Some of them have to do with health issues, our bodies, false hope, and expectations. Women are increasingly becoming aware of once taboo subjects thanks to the emergence of social media. Unfortunately, what we don’t hear a lot about is the post-baby woman. Essentially, we lose our names. We become Mom. Mom is a great title and well-earned, yet there is something to be said about a woman without a name. Does she have … Continue reading Letter from the Editor