Getting a C-Section, Pt. 1: Breech Babies and My First Feelings of Failure as a New Mom

“Still breech,” my OB-GYN exclaimed, as she glided the ultrasound probe over my belly.

It’s been two weeks since my standard 32-week prenatal checkup, where — in addition to analyzing my urine, asking about my exercise and diet, and addressing any concerns about the quickly approaching birth — my doctor checked the baby’s position. If the baby were head down, then he’d be in perfect position for childbirth. If not, then we would have to make some decisions.… Read More Getting a C-Section, Pt. 1: Breech Babies and My First Feelings of Failure as a New Mom

Getting a C-Section, Prologue: #CesareanAwarenessMonth

I woke up last Thursday morning to an Instagram direct message from my mom: an illustration of a woman cradling a newborn and sporting a slightly crescent-shaped scar across her lower belly. April is Cesarean Awareness Month, the message read.

As her daughter who delivered via cesarean section over half a year ago, my mom obviously wanted to send me a little acknowledgment and a little love.

And that message warmed my heart.… Read More Getting a C-Section, Prologue: #CesareanAwarenessMonth

On the Anxiety of Leaving My Kid for the First Time (and How Much I’ve Grown Since Then)

All right, I did it. I not only survived my first week back at work post-maternity leave but I also somehow managed to get through the days without a single tear. True, it was a short week: I purposely asked that my return date be a Thursday to ensure as easy of a transition as… Read More On the Anxiety of Leaving My Kid for the First Time (and How Much I’ve Grown Since Then)

Returning to Work, or Why I Had an Impromptu Cry Fest in the Middle of My Kitchen

It’s here. After almost five and a half months of maternity leave, I’m finally returning to work. I knew that this day was going to be filled with a bunch of emotions — but, despite everyone’s warnings, I couldn’t have anticipated how intensely those emotions would hit me. Honestly, there’s a part of me that’s… Read More Returning to Work, or Why I Had an Impromptu Cry Fest in the Middle of My Kitchen