To My Midwife, from Your Plus-Size Patient

A friend of mine sent me this letter awhile back, asking for editing and proofreading help. Reading it was like being punched in the gut. When I wrote her back, I asked if I could publish it here. All of us need to hear her message, not just those in the healthcare...

An Ending, but Not the End

This is the final installment of my mini-series “Welcome to Motherhood.” Miss the beginning? Start here. Every 1-2 hours, Betsy visited our group to give us an update. Each time I spotted her smile beaming out from under her surgical garb, I drew a little courage. Her...

Saying Goodbye

This is part ten of my mini-series “Welcome to Motherhood.” Miss the beginning? Start here. Elli made it to the day of surgery. She was the second case of the day, so they told us to expect them to take her to the O.R. sometime after noon. Our family and friends all...

Hurry Up and Wait

This is part eight of my mini-series “Welcome to Motherhood.” Miss the beginning? Start here. While we all waited to see if Elli’s body would recover sufficiently from the lack of oxygen, her doctors donned detective hats, looking for a reason for her heart defects...

The [Heart] Beat Goes On

This is part seven of my mini-series “Welcome to Motherhood.” Miss the beginning? Start here. All that day, Elli soldiered on. We stayed in a tiny parent sleep room that night, just down the hall from her corner room in the Cardiac Intensive Care Unit (CICU), the two...