When we got our hands on the birth story of a very special little lady as seen through the eyes of her father, we couldn’t put it down. We don’t often have the opportunity to experience the challenges of bringing babies into this world through the perspective of their dads. Michael Moline, a college instructor, loving husband and devoted father, has graciously agreed to let us launch a series using his writing on this very topic. He titled his memoir “Malia Mei: A Courageous Birth” and we will be sharing it in multiple parts on a bi-weekly basis right here on the blog. We couldn’t be more honored that he is allowing us to share his beautiful work and we think you will love it as much as we do. Please include your questions and thoughts in the comments and we will make sure Michael has the opportunity to address them.
MALIA MEI: A Courageous Birth
by Michael Moline
A father’s recollection of the joy, fear, and hardships leading up to and following the unexpected premature birth of his daughter. The story of Malia Mei’s courageous journey following her birth. Continue reading
Read Little Brother N’s Story: A Different Kind of Birth Part I here.
After so much walking, and so little action, we decided to get comfy in our room to save up our energy for the next day. The doctor and nurses started visiting with us about inducing. We all agreed we would wait to see what the rest of the night had in store and regroup in the morning. Continue reading
I should have known. I’m the first to admit, “Each pregnancy and child are different.” The same two people can make multiple babies, and physically and emotionally there’s no way you know they’re siblings. So, why, oh why, would I ever expect my labor and deliveries to be similar? Continue reading
We are so excited to share that Jelly Bean Journals, Prairie Wife in Heels, and The Tall Mom are teaming up to bring you some special September posts on our blogs. We will all be writing for each other, as well as ourselves, on a topic relevant to our regular content. Here’s what you can find during the month of September:
We hope you are ready for another powerful perspective on what being a mom means, because The Tall Mom has shared her sentiments and she will leave you in a swirl of emotions…
My cherished circle of people have taken to becoming mommies. From first time pregnancies to adoptions and back over to growing families, I am surrounded by the blessing of children joining us earthside. I have big hopes and dreams for these women and these are the things I wish I could Continue reading
There are many factors that contributed to my successful Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC). I had multiple “ah-ha” moments in preparing for it. My mindset was incredibly different between my two deliveries because of Continue reading
After we welcomed Baby B into our lives, I worked through a flood of postpartum emotions. This birth was especially joyful and healing for me because I delivered our baby at home after a traumatizing c-section experience. Different feelings washed over me after her delivery and I found myself in deep appreciation and celebration over the way our daughter entered the world. Today I’m sharing the letter I wrote to my husband in expression of my gratitude to him for Continue reading
My second baby’s “guess date” is drawing near and anticipation of our healthy VBAC delivery is growing! I am a true believer that birth isn’t just one day in someone’s life. It is so much more. I feel my first birth experience was laden with bullying, misinformation, and little respect for me, my body, my choices, my requests, or my baby. Because of this, I have given countless hours and many sleepless nights to planning my next birth. Continue reading
Last April, in honor of National Cesarean Awareness Month, I shared the second part of my birth story, The Start of a Movement: Baby A’s Birth Story Part II. Disclosing my intimate journey didn’t come about because of a new found comfort level; or even because I could write or read my own story without becoming overwhelmed with emotion. Instead, I shared in the hope of Continue reading
I learned a great deal from my first birth experience. Additionally, the VBAC Casper movement I helped co-found in 2013 continues to keep me in touch with women who regularly share about their birth experiences. I’ve heard hundreds of birth stories over the past few years. I continue to hear themes of oppression, which has helped motivate me to share the list of questions I’ll be asking my next OB when the time is right. (I must say, I’m extremely proud of the women in my hometown and state! The more they become educated, the more they insist on having access to the labor and delivery options they not only desire but deserve.)