My Birth Story–Part 2: “Holding Back When They Say Push”

I was thankful that my bag was already packed when the midwife told us to drive to the birthing center. I had feared the 30 minute drive before the birth, but it actually wasn’t so bad. There was no traffic at 5 a.m. on a Saturday morning. It was a beautiful day. Between contractions I … More My Birth Story–Part 2: “Holding Back When They Say Push”

My Birth Story–Part 1: “The Never-Baked Lemon Cake”

When I was pregnant I was often told that a woman’s first labor tends to be very lengthy. At one point I read about a woman who baked a birthday cake between contractions to pass the time before going to the hospital. After returning home with the baby, she was able to celebrate the birth … More My Birth Story–Part 1: “The Never-Baked Lemon Cake”

Pregnant Workers’ Rights

Germans take maternal health very seriously. This becomes clearly evident when you examine the many regulations created to protect pregnant women in the workplace. There is a piece of German legislation called the Mutterschutzgesetz (Maternity Protection Law) which outlines the accomodations that are to be made for employed expecting mothers. Here are just a few highlights: Pregnant women may not work at jobs in … More Pregnant Workers’ Rights