May 2020 - Mood Baby

Summer is officially here! While it might not quite seem like a typical summer filled with vacations, beach trips and fun in the sun with friends and family, you can still make the best of it, mama.

Use this time to catch up on your favorite shows and films on your preferred streaming devices. And, if you’re up for it, throw a movie on a projector and view them in your backyard.

Whatever you decide, have fun and stay safe.

Here’s what’s coming to Hulu in June:

  • Celebrity Family Feud: Season 6 premiere (ABC)
  • Press Your Luck: Season 2 premiere (ABC)
  • Match Game: Season 5 premiere (ABC)
  • Children’s Hospital: Complete series (Adult Swim)
  • Mike Tyson Mysteries: Complete seasons 1 to 3 (Adult Swim)
  • 10 Year Plan
  • 4th Man Out
  • Above & Beyond
  • Almost Adults
  • Born to be Wild
  • Casino
  • Charlie Wilson’s War
  • Cliffhanger
  • Constantine
  • Dave
  • Digging for Fire
  • Dirty Dancing
  • Dirty Dancing: Havana Nights
  • Equilibrium
  • Fair Game
  • Frankenstein and the Monster from Hell
  • Futureworld
  • Grown Ups
  • Happily N’Ever After
  • Happily N’Ever After 2
  • Honey
  • Honey 2
  • I Am Legend
  • I Love You, Beth Cooper
  • I Still Know What You Did Last Summer
  • Incident at Loch Ness
  • Joyride
  • Just Eat It: A Food Waste Story
  • Kingpin
  • Losing Isaiah
  • Meet Me In Montenegro
  • Meet the Fockers
  • Meet the Parents
  • Mo’ Money
  • My Girl
  • My Girl 2
  • Nate and Hayes
  • October Sky
  • Quigley Down Under
  • Robin Hood: Men in Tights
  • Sex Drive
  • The American President
  • The Cookout
  • The Marine 3: Homefront
  • The Pawnbroker
  • The Scout
  • The Tuxedo
  • The Wood
  • The X-Files
  • Thelma & Louise
  • Trade
  • Treading Water
  • True Romance (Director’s Cut)
  • Undertow
  • Up in the Air
  • Welcome Home Roscoe Jenkins
  • Women and Sometimes Men
  • Wristcutters: A Love Story
  • A Beautiful Day in the Neighborhood
  • Miss Snake Charmer
  • We Are Freestyle Love Supreme: Documentary Premiere
  • Shirley
  • Intrigo: Dear Agnes
  • The Appearance
  • Where’s Waldo?: Complete Season 1 (Dreamworks)
  • My Absolute Boyfriend: Complete season 1 (Rakuten)
  • Radiant: Complete season 1 (Rakuten)
  • From Paris with Love
  • The Best of The Bachelor: Series premiere (ABC)
  • Tyler Perry’s The Haves and the Have Nots: Complete season 7 (OWN)
  • Crossing Swords: Series premiere
  • Into the Dark: Good Boy: New episode premiere
  • Don’t: Series premiere (ABC)
  • Intrigo: Samaria
  • Child’s Play
  • Awakenings
  • Fools Rush In
  • Poetic Justice
  • Seven Pounds
  • Eye in the Skye
  • Dragonheart
  • Windtalkers
  • Pan
  • Breakup at a Wedding
  • Dustwalker
  • The US vs. John Lennon
  • Brockmire: Complete season 4 (IFC)

Here’s what’s coming to Disney+ in June:

  • Alaska’s Grizzly Gauntlet
  • America’s Greatest Animals
  • Chasing The Equinox
  • Howie Mandel’s Animals Doing Things
  • Secrets Of Wild India
  • The Greeks
  • Weird But True!
  • Wild Hawaii
  • Women Of Impact: Changing The World
  • Mighty Med
  • The Liberty Story
  • The Story Of The Animated Drawing
  • Walt & El Grupo
  • Artemis Fowl
  • 101 Dalmatians
  • Big Sur: Wild California
  • Muppet Babies Play Date
  • Schoolhouse Rock
  • Tinker Bell And The Pirate Fairy
  • Man In Space
  • Mars And Beyond
  • Percy Jackson And The Olympians: The Lightning Thief
  • Raven’s Home
  • Tarzan II
  • Into The Unknown: Making Frozen 2

Here’s whats coming to Netflix in June:

  • Act of Valor
  • All Dogs Go to Heaven
  • Bad News Bears
  • Cape Fear
  • Casper
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Clow Card
  • Cardcaptor Sakura: Sakura Card
  • Clueless
  • Cocomelon: Season 1
  • E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
  • The Healer
  • Inside Man
  • Lust, Caution
  • Observe and Report
  • Priest
  • The Silence of the Lambs
  • Starship Troopers
  • The Boy
  • The Car
  • The Disaster Artist
  • The Help
  • The Lake House
  • The Queen
  • Twister
  • V for Vendetta
  • Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story
  • West Side Story
  • You Don’t Mess with the Zohan
  • Zodiac
  • Alone: Season 6
  • Fuller House: The Farewell Season
  • Garth Brooks: The Road I’m On
  • True: Rainbow Rescue
  • Lady Bird
  • Killing Gunther
  • Spelling the Dream
  • Baki: The Great Raitai Tournament Saga
  • Can You Hear Me?
  • 13 Reasons Why: Season 4
  • Choked: Pasai Bolta Hai
  • Hannibal: Seasons 1-3
  • The Last Days of American Crime
  • Queer Eye: Season 5
  • Queen of the South: Season 4
  • Patriot Act with Hasan Minhaj: Volume 6
  • Before I Fall
  • Curon
  • DC’s Legends of Tomorrow: Season 5
  • Lenox Hill
  • Middle Men
  • My Mister: Season 1
  • Reality Z
  • Pose: Season 2
  • Addicted to Life
  • Da 5 Bloods
  • Dating Around: Season 2
  • F is For Family: Season 4
  • Jo Koy: In His Elements
  • Kipo and the Age of Wonderbeasts: Season 2
  • One Piece: Alabasta
  • One Piece: East Blue
  • One Piece: Enter Chopper at the Winter Island
  • One Piece: Entering Into the Grand Line
  • Pokémon Journeys: The Series
  • The Search
  • The Woods
  • Alexa & Katie: Part 4
  • How to Get Away with Murder: Season 6
  • Milea
  • Marcella: Season 3
  • Underdogs
  • Baby Mama
  • Charlie St. Cloud
  • The Darkness
  • Frost/Nixon
  • An Evening with Beverly Luff Linn
  • Mr. Iglesias: Part 2
  • A Whisker Away
  • The Order: Season 2
  • Babies: Part 2
  • Father Soldier Son
  • Feel the Beat
  • Floor is Lava
  • Lost Bullet
  • Girls from Ipanema: Season 2
  • One Way to Tomorrow
  • The Politician
  • Rhyme Time Town
  • Wasp Network
  • Goldie
  • Dark Skies
  • Eric Andre: Legalize Everything
  • Athlete A
  • Crazy Delicious
  • Nobody Knows I’m Here / Nadie sabe estoy aquí
  • Amar y vivir
  • Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga

Here’s what’s coming to HBO in June:

  • We’re Here
  • Yvonne Orji: Momma, I Made It!
  • I May Destroy You
  • Bully. Coward. Victim. The Story of Roy Cohn
  • Perry Mason
  • Transhood
  • I’ll Be Gone In The Dark
  • Welcome to Chechnya
  • Adventures in Babysitting
  • Amelie
  • The American
  • The American Werewolf in Paris
  • Beautiful Girls
  • Crash
  • Doubt
  • Dreaming of Joseph Lees
  • Dune
  • Far and Away
  • Father’s Day
  • Forces of Nature
  • The Fountain
  • Glitter
  • The Good Son
  • Hanna
  • Havana
  • He Got Game
  • Hello Again
  • Home Alone
  • Home Alone 3
  • Home Alone 4
  • Home Alone: The Holiday Heist
  • In Her Shoes
  • In Like Flint
  • Life
  • Lifeforce
  • Lights Out
  • Miss Pettigrew Lives for a Day
  • A Monster Calls
  • Mr. Wonderful
  • Our Man Flint
  • Patch Adams
  • Planet of the Apes
  • Ray
  • Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows
  • She’s The Man
  • The Stepfather
  • Tess
  • Turbo: A Power Rangers Movie
  • U-571
  • Uncle Buck
  • Walking and Talking
  • Weird Science
  • X-Men: First Class

Here’s what’s leaving Hulu in June:

  • Aeon Flux
  • Bangkok Dangerous
  • Bend It Like Beckham
  • Blazing Saddles
  • Blue City
  • Demolition Man
  • Dr. Seuss’ Horton Hears a Who
  • Dr. T. and the Women
  • Foxfire
  • Get Smart
  • Gods and Monsters
  • GoodFellas
  • Grown Ups
  • House of D
  • I Am Legend
  • Kill Bill: Volume 1
  • Kill Bill: Volume 2
  • Kingpin
  • Let Me In
  • Monster House
  • Phone Booth
  • Repentance
  • Romancing the Stone
  • The Boost
  • The Conjuring
  • The Eternal
  • The Full Monty
  • The Green Mile
  • The Jewel of the Nile
  • The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen
  • The Men Who Stare at Goats
  • The Mexican
  • The Pirates! Band of Misfits

Here’s what’s leaving Netflix in June:

  • The King’s Speech
  • A Perfect Man
  • Equilibrium
  • From Paris With Love
  • Mad Men: Seasons 1-7
  • Standoff
  • Jonathan Strange & Mr Norell: Series 1
  • Dragonheart
  • Dragonheart 3: A New Sorcerer
  • Dragonheart: A New Beginning
  • Dragonheart: Battle for the Heartfire
  • Cutie and the Boxer
  • The Stanford Prison Experiment
  • Tarzan
  • Tarzan II
  • Avengers: Infinity War
  • Jeopardy!: Celebrate Alex Collection
  • Jeopardy!: Cindy Stowell Collection
  • Jeopardy!: Seth Wilson Collection
  • The Day My Butt Went Psycho!: Seasons 1-2
  • 21
  • The Amityville Horror
  • The Andy Griffith Show: Season 1-8
  • Blow
  • The Boy in the Striped Pajamas
  • Brooklyn’s Finest
  • Center Stage
  • Chasing Amy
  • Cheers: Season 1-11
  • Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
  • Chloe
  • Click
  • Cloverfield
  • The Curious Case of Benjamin Button
  • The Duchess
  • Elizabeth
  • Elizabeth: The Golden Age
  • Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
  • Ghost Rider
  • Happyish: Season 1
  • Here Alone
  • Inception
  • Instructions Not Included
  • The Invention of Lying
  • Julie & Julia
  • Kate & Leopold
  • Kiss the Girls
  • The Last Samurai
  • Limitless: Season 1
  • Little Monsters
  • Mansfield Park
  • The Mask of Zorro
  • The Matrix
  • The Matrix Reloaded
  • The Matrix Revolutions
  • Minority Report
  • Patriot Games
  • Philadelphia
  • The Polar Express
  • Race to Witch Mountain
  • The Ring
  • Scary Movie
  • Sliver
  • Stuart Little 2
  • Tremors
  • Tremors 2: Aftershocks
  • Tremors 3: Back to Perfection
  • Tremors 4: The Legend Begins
  • Tremors 5: Bloodline
  • What Lies Beneath

Here’s what’s leaving HBO in June:

  • A Handful of Dust
  • Akeelah and the Bee
  • American Wedding
  • An Ideal Husband
  • Arthur
  • Asylum
  • Blindspotting
  • Bye Bye, Love
  • Empire of the Sun
  • Glengarry Glen Ross
  • Grandma’s Boy
  • Great Expectations
  • Head Full of Honey
  • Heaven & Earth
  • Hellboy
  • I Love You Phillip Morris
  • Indignation
  • Jiminy Glick in Lalawood
  • Jobs
  • Johnny English
  • Keeping Up with the Steins
  • Kin
  • Les Miserables
  • Life on the Line
  • Little
  • Little Boy
  • Madison
  • Open Range
  • Seventh Son
  • Shutter Island
  • Spanglish
  • Teen Titans Go! To the Movies
  • The Abyss
  • The Beverly Hillbillies
  • The Big Green
  • The Hoax
  • The Manchurian Candidate
  • The Mighty Ducks
  • The Odd Couple II
  • The Ringer
  • The Thing About My Folks
  • Thirteen Days
  • Unfriended: Dark Web
  • Us
  • Wallace & Gromit: The Curse of the Were-Rabbit

The pandemic changed the way labor and delivery units operate, and many speculated this would discourage pregnant people from giving birth in hospitals. Recently, multiple news reports speculated that based on an increased number of calls to midwives and birthing centers, more pregnant people would be choosing out of hospital births, but millennial mothers are telling us exactly the opposite.

Our third annual State of Motherhood survey finds 96% of pregnant millennial mothers still plan to give birth in a hospital, not at home, despite concerns about COVID-19.

The confidence in the hospital birth experience may come as a shock after weeks of headlines declaring that calls to midwives are way up, and as celebrity mama
Bekah Martinez plans her home birth out loud on Instagram, but for many mothers, the hospital is still where they plan to meet their child.

Sarah A. is one of those mothers. Like 77% of the mothers in our survey, Sarah already had an older child at home when she had to decide whether to give birth in the hospital or at her home in Miami, Florida. As she neared her due date in early May, Sarah carefully weighed the options as the pandemic forced many maternity wards to implement restrictions on visitors and stories of pregnant people contracting the virus made the news.

“I considered the home birth for a second, but then realized that would be nearly impossible with my circumstances,” Sarah tells Motherly.
Like more than a third of American mothers, Sarah has had a C-section. It happened 10 years ago, when she welcomed her daughter.

“Even though I have no complications of pregnancy, I already had a previous C-section and should not risk it by doing a home birth,” Sarah tells Motherly. “I have confidence that the doctors, nurses and staff in the hospital are and will do everything they can to help.”

The American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists agrees with Sarah here.
ACOG has stated that “attempting a vaginal birth after Cesarean at home is especially dangerous because if the uterus ruptures during labor, both the mother and baby face an emergency situation with potentially catastrophic consequences, including death. Unless a woman is in a hospital, an accredited freestanding birthing center, or a birthing center within a hospital complex, with physicians ready to intervene quickly if necessary, she puts herself and her baby’s health and life at unnecessary risk.”

Vaginal births after a Cesarean section (VBACs) are possible for many pregnant people, but many health care providers suggest that VBACs happen in hospitals to prevent having to transport a laboring mother to the hospital if the worst-case scenario should occur.

Diana Spalding is a certified nurse-midwife and the founder of Gathered Birth. She is also Motherly’s Digital Education Editor and wrote the book, The Motherly Guide to Becoming Mama.

“Home births are a wonderful option for women with low-risk pregnancies, who want to have low intervention births in the comfort of their own home,” says Spalding. “ACOG [the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists] states that while they believe hospitals and in-hospital birthing centers to be the safest place to have a baby, women should be supported when they choose home birth in the presence of [a qualified midwife]. If you are considering a home birth, a bit of research is involved. Reach out to local home birth midwives to have in-depth conversations about your specific scenario. And don’t forget to contact your insurance company—it’s not always covered.”

For Sarah, the higher risk factors in her pregnancy meant it just wasn’t a fit. The idea of having to get EMTs and ER staff involved in her delivery seemed riskier than just delivering in the hospital in the first place.

“I did not want to go to an emergency room to potentially be close to patients that might have COVID-19. We are lucky that the hospital is well prepared,” she tells Motherly. “The Friday before my delivery, my husband and I were tested for COVID-19 to minimize exposure, and I am fortunate enough to have him there with me the whole hospital stay.”

Because C-section rates are so high in the U.S., it makes sense that so many of our surveyed mothers are not seeking a home birth for reasons similar to Sarah’s, but home birth is still attractive to some mothers.

Reality TV star turned influencer Becka Martinez has been very open about her first birth experience, which happened in a birthing center, and now, 16 months after welcoming her first daughter, she’s planning her pandemic home birth.

“With my first daughter Ruth, we had her at a birth center,” she explained on Us Weekly’s “Here for the Right Reasons” podcast. “This time, [my boyfriend, Grayston Leonard, and I] decided we were going to do a home birth with midwives. So that was already the plan. Now with quarantine and COVID-19, it’s kind of nice that I don’t have to be at the hospital.”

For Martinez, a home birth makes perfect sense for her low-risk pregnancy. She’s technically full-term now, which means that her home birth is likely happening very soon, and we’re excited for her and hope she has a beautiful experience.

But a hospital birth can be beautiful, too, as Sarah A. found out. We caught up with her after her hospital birth in Miami to find out how she was feeling about giving birth during a pandemic. She says everything went smoothly and she is recovering from the C-section nicely.

Her advice for fellow pregnant people is simple: “If you have the luxury of a comfortable home birth with experts and your family during these times, that is great. However, those who are unable to have a home birth should still feel confident in the staff of the hospitals. It is scary not having your significant other or any visitors allowed while giving birth, but each person must do what’s right for their families. Bringing a life to this world is still a celebration even in times of COVID-19.”

When will kids go back to school and what will it look like? These are the questions on parents minds these days, but more and more it looks like school will be a very different experience than what we’ve previously known when it resumes. It’s not just social distancing and cleanliness standards that are changing, it’s also the workforce.

A poll from USA Today/Ipsos finds one in five teachers say they are unlikely to go back to the classroom when school starts.

More than half of Americans polled support kids returning to in-person classrooms in September, but nearly 9 in 10 teachers “believe it would be hard to enforce social distancing guidelines at school” and while many teachers don’t feel comfortable with online learning, they also don’t want to rush back to the classroom while the risk of COVID-19 exposure is still a factor.

“It’s very scary right now,” teacher Belinda Mckinney-Childrey told Chalkbeat. After 30 years in the classroom, she’s planning to retire early and believes some of her colleagues will, too. “I can’t chance my health to go back. I love my job, I love what I do, but when push comes to shove, I think the majority of us will be like ‘I think we’re going to retire.’

John Bailey is the co-author of a new report for the American Enterprise Institute about this very issue. “What happens if a school says we believe it’s safe and a teacher believes it’s not?” he tells Chalkbeat. “How does that get arbitrated and resolved? I don’t think there’s clear systems and processes there yet.”

J.W. White, 47, a middle school teacher from Fort Worth participated in the USA Today/Ipsos survey. “I’m on a committee with my district talking about the what-ifs, because we don’t have answers on what is going to happen,” he told USA Today. “The expectation of parents and society is we’re sending our children to be educated in a safe environment, and how we’re going to provide that safe environment is completely unknown.”

For parents, the possibility of fewer teachers is just another factor potentially tipping the scales toward homeschooling. The poll shows that while Americans support reopening schools in some form, more than half of parents of school-aged kids say they are “very or somewhat likely to switch to at-home learning.”

There are so many questions and so few answers about what the 2020-2021 school year will look like. While schools in some other countries have reopened, the majority of students worldwide are still out of school.

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We waited nine long months to find out the sex of our baby. Yes, we actually did wait! We did not have a gender reveal party or do a big gender reveal on social media. We wanted to do something different—and for us, it was the best thing we could have done.

When I was 39 weeks and three days along, my cervical exam at my prenatal appointment revealed that I was 1 1/2 centimeters dilated and 90% effaced. My doctor did a membrane sweep to try to help get me into labor. I went home after my appointment and started walking and rocking on my yoga ball to help encourage labor, all while our dog Dixie was right by my side. I even took her by the paws and did squats with her for a few minutes—my silly dog.

Then labor started

My husband returned from work and we ate dinner. I was still not having contractions, so I went back on my yoga ball until bedtime. As we were making the bed to crawl into it, I started getting cramps and small contractions, which were 20 to 25 minutes apart at first. I went on my yoga ball for what felt like the one-hundredth time that day.

I called the OB nurse who instructed me to come into the hospital once my contractions were a couple minutes apart. But my mom had fast labors, and I was nervous, so I decided not to wait that long.

I spent a little more time on my yoga ball and then felt the urge to urinate. I went to the bathroom and saw that I had bloody show. I was so anxious; I walked right into our room, turned on the light, woke up my husband and told him that we had to go to the hospital.

I have never seen my husband get up so fast in my life. He started the car and we were on our way to the hospital.

When we arrived, my contractions were roughly five to eight minutes apart. The OB nurse did a cervical exam, and I was 4 1/2 centimeters dilated and 100% effaced! This was really happening.

I decided to get an epidural, but had to wait an hour to get it—that was a tough hour. We called the family members we needed to and waited. At 8 am, and my doctor checked my cervix— I was 9 centimeters dilated, and she could easily feel the baby’s head. But my water was still intact, so she broke my water.

I remember looking at my husband and I instantly started crying, and so did he. I was anxious, excited, nervous and overwhelmed.

My baby was born

My doctor came back into the room shortly after breaking my water—it was time to push. I pushed for two hours and nine minutes, as my husband watched the whole birth of our beautiful baby. My husband kept saying, “Oh my gosh,”—he was just as overwhelmed as I was.

Our child’s head was out, and after one more push, they guided the baby out and right onto my chest. Everyone kept saying, “What is the baby?” Finally, my husband looked at our child and announced to the room, “It’s a boy!”

We had a healthy baby boy.

We instantly started bawling, and I couldn’t talk or move or anything. I was so excited, over the moon, and so in love with our son.

Colt Lee Pedersen was born at 12:49 May 16th, 2019. He weighed 6 pounds and 13.7 ounces and was 19 inches long.

Waiting to find out the gender of our baby was an emotional, overwhelming and excellent bonding experience for me, and my husband and I wouldn’t have had it any other way.