2010 has certainly been a year full of surprises for me and my family — the biggest surprise which landed me in front of you on Being Pregnant. After two sons with less than ideal birth experiences, we were done having children. While we would have loved to have a little girl, our desire for a daughter wasn’t stronger than our fear of another negative experience.
Then August came. A busy month full of classes, trips and a conference I will never forget, but most of all, August brought a messed up cycle, and birth control failure in our home, bringing us to the very unplanned pregnancy of our third child, and as you have read here, our first daughter. I have always lived by the phrase everything happens for a reason and I still believe that till this day.
I wanted to take my post today to look back at my favorite posts here on Being Pregnant this year. I would love for everyone who reads to take the time also to leave a comment with some of your favorites!
When All Options Are Gone – My never-ending search for a provider at the start of my pregnancy led me to know how many women in America truly have no choices in their prenatal care and options for giving birth. Women are being forced into medical choices they really may not be consenting to.
Choosing a C-Section: My Fear, My Anger, My Acceptance, and My Empowerment – Coming to terms with the fact that another c-section would be the safest option for myself, and my child, with all the emotions that go along with surgical birth after two negative experiences.
Crisis Pregnancy Centers: Helpful or Hurtful? – Discussing new laws surrounding crisis pregnancy centers, the services they provide for women nationwide, and what New York is doing to keep women safe.
5 VBAC Myths Debunked – Despite not being able to VBAC myself, I still remain a strong advocate for VBAC because of the clear safety and benefits over repeat surgery. I took some time to debunk some of the most common myths surrounding VBAC my readers provided to me.
Decoding Childbirth Education Classes – There are so many different kinds of childbirth classes, I took some time to describe and provide a little information about the different classes available for mothers. I am still partial to Lamaze myself though!
10 Things They Don’t Tell You Before Pregnancy – My sarcastic take on all things pregnancy that no one brags about. I wrote this after all the full pregnancy symptoms started to really kick in!
Pink, Blue, or Taboo – I took some time to break down why mothers shouldn’t be ashamed of wanting one gender over the other when it comes to having children. This is probably one of my top favorite posts also because of the unpopular nature of the topic.
Unplanned Does Not Equal Unwanted – Discussing the terms used to describe unplanned pregnancy and how many misconceptions there are, using my personal experience as an example.
Birth Trauma is More Common Than We Think – Discussing the number of women (1 out of 20) that experience some kind of traumatic birth experience worldwide.
Common Myths About Doulas – Another one of my real favorites. There are so many myths surrounding doulas in the mainstream childbirth community today, so I thought breaking down fact vs. fiction would help a lot of the readers understand what the role of a doula really is during birth.
Longing For an Accidental Home birth – Letting my daydreams get the best of me, I wrote a post about longing to be one of those women who accidentally give birth at home after being in labor for a whole 30 minutes. Looking back, I am not sure if this helped or hurt the plan that I have for our current birth experience, but it certainly showed a great community online in the comments.
Modern Maternity Care Failing American Mothers – Getting back to my advocacy roots, tackling the unknown numbers of maternal mortality in the United States, and why we are failing our mothers compared to other countries around the world.
Top 10 Preggo’s of 2010 – My list of my favorite pregnant women of 2010. I think this is probably one of my favorite list posts because these are all women who have truly touched me on a deep level during the past year. It is more than just a post.
I really hope you all enjoy these posts as much as I have, and as much as I enjoyed writing them for you. 2010 has been an amazing year for my family (though there were some serious ups and downs), but I look forward to staying here with you all in 2011!
I hope you have a healthy and happy new year!