The Quiet Joy of Having a Baby

There are many women who choose not to become mothers. For them, motherhood is just not among their life goals. I used to be one of those women. Back in high school, while my friends would fantasize about their ideal weddings and come up with names for their future children, I shuddered at the thoughtContinue reading “The Quiet Joy of Having a Baby”

Sweet Dreams

I once dreamt of becoming the president Ruling the land with graceBenevolent toward my people I once dreamt of becoming a saintLeading thousands in worshipSinging hymns and making miracles I once dreamt of becoming an astronaut Voyaging beyond the unknown Saving the future All those dreamsremained figments of my naivety Worlds away from the realityofContinue reading “Sweet Dreams”

Five Benefits of Enrolling in a Birthing Class

Last October to November 2016, Casey and I attended the birthing class of Rome Kanapi held at Ateneo de Manila University. The class consisted of six morning sessions every Sunday. Rome is a birthing class pioneer in the Philippines, specializing in the Lamaze method. She is a certified childbirth educator under the Philippine Association forContinue reading “Five Benefits of Enrolling in a Birthing Class”

Why More Women Should Nurse Without a Cover

Breastfeeding is best for babies and mothers. It is how nature intended infants to be nourished. It is natural, and it used to be instinctive among communities where women breastfed in public without shame. However, with the advent of overt sexualization of breasts in media, breastfeeding became something that many women began to do discreetly.Continue reading “Why More Women Should Nurse Without a Cover”

My Traumatic yet Beautiful Birthing Experience

I remember that as soon as I found out I was pregnant, I gathered all the information I could on pregnancy and giving birth. I wanted to be able to make the best birth choices for my baby, and according to my research, that meant attempting a vaginal birth with little to no medical intervention.Continue reading “My Traumatic yet Beautiful Birthing Experience”