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Childbirth

Blessingway: A Woman-Centered Celebration of Birth

When I was pregnant with my son, my first child, in 2000 my co-workers threw me a wonderful baby shower at which I felt completely awkward. The gifts were awesome as this was our first baby and we felt a great need to acquire “schtuff” with not so much money to do all the acquiring. […]

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Baby's Gender: To Find Out or Not To Find Out?

I recently attended a darling little girl’s 1st birthday party. It was pretty surreal to meet two other moms with one child around my son’s age and one on the way, all due close to the same day as me! Crazy! As we started chit-chatting the topic turned to finding out the sex of the […]

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Denver-area summer golf programs boost kids' love of the links

On the golf course at Indian Tree stands a giant, green, inflatable dinosaur that looks like Godzilla. “Not Godzilla,” Rudy Castaneda said. “It’s called Golfzilla.” Castaneda, an assistant head professional at Indian Tree, bought Golfzilla last summer for the junior golf program. Kids from 5 through 10 work on their chipping by trying to hit […]

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More Business of Being Born: We Are All Warriors

In April, I wrote about Ricki Lake’s first birth documentary The Business of Being Born (BOBB), click here to read that post. Now it’s time to take a look at the follow-up film More Business of Being Born (MBOBB). It was another moving, enriching, powerful experience for me. The first film, BOBB, looked at the […]

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10 Reasons C-Sections are Awesomely Awkward

Recently, our 10-year-old son had appendicitis and needed surgery. He spent two nights in the hospital. Our 5-year-old daughter wistfully noted how lucky he was to get to be in the hospital and have surgery. Why was he lucky? Because, she explained, now he knew what it is like to be a mama having a […]

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Becoming Mothers: The Good, the Bad and the Baby

When my husband and I decided we were ready to become parents, we quickly learned that getting pregnant was the easy part. The pregnancy wasn’t too difficult either. The worst part was anticipating the birth. Knowing that the baby was going to have to come out somehow. I tried to decide which path would be […]

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Becoming Mothers: A Halloween Homebirth

At 3:05 a.m., after five hours of contracting every 10 minutes, I finally called my midwife to tell her how I was progressing. By 7 a.m., gap times shortened to six minutes, and by 8 a.m., DeAna and her assistant had arrived. My husband Steve and I were supposed to have set up the birthing […]

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Becoming Mothers: Our One and Only

My husband and I never wanted to have children. It’s true. We were happy being childfree. We loved the life we had, and we didn’t want to change it. Our Family of Two was perfect. For years we followed This Plan, and it wasn’t until the year I turned 30 that my mind started to […]

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