A Birthday Weekend Giveaway Celebration!


Jolene turns 3 on Monday and to celebrate, I’ll be giving away 3 Lifetime Blog Memberships along with a consolation prize to all non-winning entries. It recently occurred to me that many of you have been a part of my daughter’s life since before she drew her first breath. 18,000 people watched her come into this world live, her birth video has another nearly 700,000 views, and many of been watching her grow alongside her brothers ever since. It was an honor to share our...

About Gina

Gina Crosley-Corcoran - writer, doula, childbirth educator, activist, and mother of 3 littles. Used to play in a famous rock band. Now earning a Master of Public Health in Maternal Child Health.
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Ask TFB: Save the Last Name for Me


Dear TFB, I found and loved your article “Explaining White Privilege To A Broke White Person” because I, too, grew up a broke white person. I followed it to your page and I have a question that you may seem uniquely qualified to answer. It’s a question about a family, or rather a future family. When my wife and I...

3 Years Ago Today…


Three years ago today, I was officially “overdue” with Jolene. My estimated due date was April 13th, 2011 and I’d been having contractions for weeks, but labor escaped my grasp each time. As the days lurched forward with Jolene tucked firmly on the inside, I grew more and more anxious that I might lose my homebirth. I remember wanting to...

Rockstar Ballerina.


If you had asked me three years ago if I’d be buying my daughter a leotard and taking her to ballet class, I would have said, “Oh Jesus, no!” Or at least I would have said that I wouldn’t have been happy about it. We do the gender neutral thing, and yes I realize that gender neutral means, well, neutral,...

What is the Point of it All? (Vlog)

FireShot Screen Capture #017 - 'What is the point_ - YouTube' - www_youtube_com_watch_v=R9MQF_TxbZM

I’m trying to get creative today and video-blogged in an unusual place. You know the score: if you like ‘em, hit play, if you hate ‘em, come back next time. I’m hoping that some folks will leave their thoughts on the subject matter in the comments. As always, I’d love your feedback, opinions, and advice.

The Husband Gave Me a Hog.


Back in the summer of 2005, HH and I were newly engaged and living in an ultra-hip area of the city called Wicker Park. This particular Chicago neighborhood is a highly walkable two square mile section just northwest of downtown. When we lived there, it was home to most of Chicago’s hipster artists and alt-rock music scenesters, with the Yuppie coterie...

Waking Up in Puddles.


One month from tomorrow, I’ll turn 36 years old. I’m still young enough to have children, but certainly old enough to experience the beginnings of perimenopause. Given this limbo, whatever’s going on with my body right now feels like a riddle to be solved. I remember right after I had my babies, I would wake up in puddles of sweat,...



Women in America get pregnant. They go to the doctor (or sometimes a midwife) and get prenatal care. When their due date draws near, someone may throw them a ritual baby shower to fill their home with Onesies and diapers. Then the birth day comes and the baby transfers from the inside to the outside. The mother and new baby...