Thanks for reading!  I am starting this blog for several reasons: as a way to outlet my research, an avenue to educate parents and parents-to-be on my layperson research, and a place to connect with individuals with similar interests.

If you had asked me 10 years ago, as I entered adulthood, what I wanted to do with my life, the things most consistent with my wishes today would be to be a loving wife and dedicated mother.  How I would get there, I had no clue at the time.  And, certainly, my mental picture about how parenthood would look has certainly changed.

I grew up around children – my mother was a home daycare provider and I was the oldest of my siblings and many cousins.  I grew up babysitting and did so throughout undergraduate and graduate school.  I have always felt at ease with children of all ages.  Even in my work, I love to work with children and once considered only working with children.  But all of my knowledge was very conventional, very mainstream.  This is, I’m sure, common amongst most Americans.

How do you become a parent?  What is the perfect “picture” of how that happens?  Well, you get married, buy a house, get pregnant, go to the doctor, go to the hospital, have the baby.  Well, along the way, I learned that at least part of those steps are not always true.  In fact, I was conceived out of wedlock.  So “get married” was not always a first step.  And I learned that many parents aren’t married and may not own a home.  But everything else – pregnant –> doctor –> hospital –> baby – these all remained “truths” in my mind.  In fact, as recently as 3 years ago I was SHOCKED when a classmate and good friend of my decided, with his wife, than their 4th child would be born at home, in the water, without medical assistance.  I remember thinking: “What in the world?  That is SO dangerous!”  Oh how much my views have changed!

I have a wonderful friend (a registered nurse) who, following a dissatisfying birth experience with her first child (son), started providing me with wonderful tidbits of information once she knew I wanted to have a child.  I had done my checklist: get married – CHECK; graduate from grad school – CHECK; get a job – CHECK; buy a home – CHECK.  Now it was time to start thinking of the future.

I plan on telling you much more of my adventures in my pursuit for the truths in childbirth and parenting.  I think it will be interesting because I may have some familiarity with the world of conventional medicine (being an audiologist), I am by no means a nurse or doctor.  I feel separated enough that I may use my research skills to seek out an unbiased truth of sorts, and I feel as if I may help some who choose to follow me on my journey.  So, I am so glad you came and I hope to see you again!