Episode 49: An Unplanned Caesarean and Parenting a Child with Hearing Loss with Tina Donvito

Today I so enjoyed chatting with Tina Donvito. Her tenacity and heart is contagious.  Professionally she is a freelance writer and is also mom to a two-year-old son. She has written about pregnancy and parenting online for The New York Times, The Washington Post, The Huffington Post, Good Housekeeping and Scary Mommy, just to name a few. Her work was also recently published in the anthology Eat Pray Love Made Me Do It: Life Journeys Inspired by the Bestselling Memoir. She also has a parenting blog, Foggy Mommy and is a contributor for The Postpartum Year Anthology.  

In Tina's episode we talk about:

  • The challenge of parenting a child with hearing loss - see her NYTimes article here.
  • How she got laid off from work during maternity leave
  • Her struggle with the reality of facing a necessary Caesarean Birth
  • How we need to stop saying "all that matters is a healthy baby"
  • Her son's 4 day NICU stay
  • Breastfeeding challenges and unsupportive providers
  • Nursing with a dairy allergy
  • The importance of finding a network or support group of other moms
  • Why we have to sometimes shop around for pediatricians
  • And more!

You can check out the NY Times Article Tina wrote about parenting a child with hearing loss here.

Don't forget to also check out her blog!


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