How about birth by zipper?
Daphne Brogdon of Cool Mom contributed an essay about childbirth to the April 2009 issue of Pregnancy. Excerpt:
What’s with the superiority of vaginal birthers? I’ll admit it, I once was one of them. Of course this was before I’d given birth. When I was pregnant with my daughter, I envisioned a totally natural birth. I was all ready to drop her in an open field, cut the cord with a nearby branch, and wrap her up in a hemp blanket. It didn’t go like that. She was breech and late, so after much protest I succumbed to a C-section. Sure I felt like a truck had hit me for the first few days afterward, but at least I could still hold my pee in. Life is full of trade-offs.
momblog: Celebrity children
I have an unhealthy and quite embarrassing fascination with celebrity children. I know it is completely wrong, but I can’t help myself. Before I had kids, I’ll admit I was the lady who in the grocery line would nonchalantly place my US magazine between my Lean Cuisines and Nestea (so if you are ever wondering who actually buys these publications, that would be me). But for some reason, once I had my daughter, my celebrity interests shifted from “What will Britney do next?” to “Violet Affleck shares a Twinkie with mom Jen.” ...
I’ve included a video of some of my favorite mom bloggers discussing the topic of celebrity children. It’s part of the Momversations project, which has the funniest and candid videos from the mom blogging world.
A Friday ‘Momversation’ With Heather Armstrong of dooce
Momversation would not be the same without the presence of über mommyblogger Heather Armstrong, founder of dooce...
Tubefilter caught up with a Heather to ask her about being in a web series and what she thinks the moms of Momversation will come up with next. Tubefilter: With your blog, new book, and busy family life, how do you make time to be in a web series?
Heather Armstrong: I was really interested the format of it. One because there wasn’t going to be a lot of interference. They were basically asking us to talk about a topic. I wanted to make time for it. It’s a lot of work, but the final products are so good that it is well worth the time I put into it.
Tubefilter: What did they tell you about the show? How did they convince you that it was the right series for you to work on?
Armstrong: Basically that Momversation was going to be an honest take on motherhood. Which is why mommyblogs are popular in the first place. They were going to send us a camera and they were going to edit it in such a way that they weren’t going to be putting words in our mouths. When I saw the first episode, I knew I had made the right decision.
Where's the Money, Lebowski?
So it's wonderful that worthy players such as DECA...have found support in the venture community to continue to pursue their businesses...These data points suggests there's a foundation in place for the delivery of content and associated marketing over the Internet. But in the next six months, even with the dire economic straits in front of us, the focus must shift from developing programs to bearing out the value of those programs.
‘Momversation’ Blows the Lid off Parenting
When you got home from school growing up, was your mom sitting at her computer blogging? Some of today’s kids are being raised by a whole new generation of web savvy parents. Momversation offers their viewers the chance to join the web’s most outspoken mom-bloggers in a smart and entertaining video conversation. From the controversial Heather Armstrong of Dooce to the extremely frank Giyen Kim of Bacon is My Enemy, the show offers a discussion of today’s parenting topics. Tubefilter talked to Asha Dornfest of the popular website Parent Hacks to find out more about mommy blogging, Momversation, and what her kids think about the web celeb in their house. ...
Tubefilter: What impact do you think web series have in the media?
Dornfest: Just as blogging has given writers and reporters an open medium for distributing their work, the web series format turns “TV” into something regular people can be a part of. There’s an immediacy with web video that just isn’t possible with television. Momversation is exciting because it combines the intimacy of home filming with professional editing, and the result is as approachable as it is entertaining.
What’s Harder, Marriage or Parenting?
What’s more challenging — parenting or marriage?
That’s the question on the table this week over at Momversation.com. The site is filled with videos of conversations among changing combinations of some of the Web’s most trafficked “Mommy bloggers.”
Strategies for Building an Audience
About a year ago, I discussed different strategies for making video ads go viral. Since then, most agencies and brands have gone beyond the one-hit-wonder viral video craze, and are now looking to create richer, deeper, online brand content experiences.
A lot has happened over the past year. New digital studios like Deca...have consistently put out great new original programs. Despite the economic turmoil, brands have become a lot less timid about partnering with content creators. And, above all, new distribution technologies and measurement companies are helping to make everything a bit more manageable.
Kids and the economy
CNN's Don Lemon and some cost-cutting moms discuss ways to help kids understand the tough economic times.
Outside the Frame: Mommy Talk. Mommy Listen?
I should say right off the bat that I don't have kids. So what am I doing at Momversation, a video blog about the experiences of motherhood? Well, I'm an avid reader of Dooce, Heather Armstrong's popular blog, and she's one of Momversation's contributors. She recently linked to an episode about handling political disagreements with loved ones — a relevant topic regardless of your parenting status — and I decided to check it out. I was intrigued by some of the other episode titles, like "Sex After Baby" and "Childbirth Choices," and was surprised to find myself sucked in... Watching Rebecca Woolf talk to me (she sits so close to the camera, it feels like that's what she's doing) about how motherhood changed her sexuality, or Daphne Brogdon talk about how judgmental people are of women who have C-sections, I did feel a connection to motherhood I hadn't felt before. Watching these women talk to each other, and to me, I couldn't help but relate with them — because first and foremost, their struggles seemed like the struggles of women, not of a special breed of human beings called "moms."
After My First Baby, I Felt No Desire For Sex
Sometimes the mom blogosphere seems like an international conspiracy to halt the human race. Like the most recent episode of the video blog Momversation, in which four mom bloggers talk about sex after having a baby. “It took a really long time for me to feel like a woman…maybe a year, maybe more, maybe a couple years,” says Nataly Kogan. Dooce’s own Heather Armstrong admits that she didn’t have sex for seven months after her daughter was born, and in an interesting analogy, Mindy Roberts says, “I’ve never seen a kitchen that turned out anything that was worth eating that didn’t get all messy and icky in the process.”
When YouTube Cuts You Off: Get Ellen Deca takes Women's Channel Kin and turns it into video ad network
Deca Builds Out Premium Network for Moms Video syndicator nabs deals with NBCU, CBS, others
After Makeover, YouTube Channels Begin to Roll Out
Wall Street Journal
YouTube's New 'Channels' Flicker to Life With Mom-Focused 'Kin'
Women’s Digital Media Firm DECA Inks Deal With Time Lifestyle Group
The Hollywood Reporter
DECA Launches A Video Syndication Network For Women