My first child was born on Mothers’ Day, 2016, the day before our anniversary. It blew me open, ripped my birth canal vagina more than I would have liked, and turned so much of my life upside down. So many of you are about to become mothers for the first, second, third time. You’re doing it in the middle of a pandemic, in the midst of changing rules and ideas, amidst a sea of changing information. Motherhood, in many ways, feels like a pandemic. The strange thing about the last four months is this eerie sense I have that this already feels familiar. I’ve been here before. We’ve been here before.
There are so many ways to work—what happens if you’re a performer, and your body, image, and athleticism are your livelihood? Tanya Birl-Torres is a dancer, performer, and choreographer who spent a decade on stages, performing in Broadway shows like The Lion King. She performed throughout her first pregnancy and was back on stage quickly after the birth of her daughter. Here’s her story.
Stillbirth impacts about 1 in 100 pregnancies in the US. Despite the difficulty of this subject, Christine McAlister talks publicly about Maeve, the daughter she lost, to keep her memory alive.
The doctor I met the first time I went to the hospital was not the doctor I wanted. But what a difference a day made: we were sent home, and when we came back, it was like we were all completely new people.
We know that pregnancy and childbirth is a time of profound transformation for women. But could birth be just as powerful for fathers and co-parents?
We often hear of high-risk pregnancies without a full understanding of what these new mothers and parents are facing. Parijat Deshpande, a high-risk pregnancy expert, shares her personal experience as well as her advice for navigating a safer pregnancy experience.