Category Archives: Labor and Birth

People planning a freebirth tend to fall into one of two camps. The first camp includes those who are planning a freebirth and don’t feel like they need to do much in the way of preparation. They know their body will do it, and they are confident that they would know if they needed help

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I write, speak, think and dream of birth regularly; this pregnancy was no exception to the documentation that I kept about myself, my journey and this wild one.  Re-reading my pregnancy journal, I looked forward to her birth, reminding myself how “raw” I knew it would be.  I also wrote what’s below at 37 weeks,

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Birth photography is booming, and we are seeing more and more birth photos of all varieties circulating online. Jenni Goldman, an incredibly talented photographer and Indie Birth Trustee, has come along to some Indie Births, and her photos are truly awe inspiring. They have created dialogue and discussion, and have served as educational tools for

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Sarah Buckley’s book, Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering, is the most comprehensive, holistically minded, and scientifically sound book on pregnancy, birth and early parenting that I have read so far. Part 1 of the book is focused on gentle birth, the hormones of pregnancy, birth and mothering, and the best ways to keep those hormones from

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It was one of those days when I was feeling disillusioned with birth in the "system"-it happens, and as a midwife I deal with it more than I want to. So, yes, it was one of those days when I met her. Sitting across the table from one another, just having met, and an instant

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Motherbaby. The sacred duo that is not to be interrupted; but often we see or hear about tons of things coming between them. "Delayed" cord clamping at half an hour after birth, the hands of the midwife or student on that precious babe, wrapping the baby in blankets or putting a hat on the baby,

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This post is written in honor of the upcoming Heads Up Breech Birth Conference scheduled for November 9-11, 2012 in Washington, D.C. Anyone can attend, so feel free to pass this on to your midwife or doctor so that we can keep the skills of breech vaginal birth alive! 10 years ago, the Midwest. I

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Caldeyro-Barcia’s (1979) studies showed what most midwives practice or believe intuitively; that coached pushing and prolonged breath holding by the woman during the pushing stage of labor is dangerous to the baby. He showed that this type of pushing caused placental perfusion issues (not enough blood flowing between baby and placenta) and resulted in fetal

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If you already have kids of school age, you may get this analogy. There is "school"-as in public, private, brick-and-mortar building; complete with teachers, grades and lesson plans. Then, there is homeschool. Homeschool can be divided up into two subcategories: school at home OR unschooling. Homeschooling can function a lot like "regular" school. Many homeschooling

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(Let it be known that I have had 5 homebirths-the first, second and third being waterbirths. The last 2 have been intentional "land births". I have enjoyed all of my births but would probably say that my body has enjoyed birthing on land over in water. I hope my own personal bias does not sway

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