Thoughts On Pain In Childbirth

What is pain, exactly? Biologically speaking, it’s simply a message our bodies send to our brains that something needs to change, and quickly. Hand on a hot curling iron? The pain message sent tells your brain to MOVE YOUR HAND NOW!!! I would say that this is a very efficient way to carry a message.…

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What Does Pushing Feel Like? Many perspectives.

Women often ask me what does pushing feel like. As an educator and doula it is probably one of the more challenging concepts to address. Some of the imagery can be quite vulgar.  “Push like you are pooping.” Do women REALLY want the image of pooping out their babies?! Or the imagery puts pushing in…

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Powerful or Purple?

So, what’s it like to push?” This is a question I get a lot, especially from first-time moms, who can never seem to feel quite ready for this “labor thing” that will happen to them in a matter of months. It’s a question I love to answer! For me, personally, this was the most wonderful,…

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A woman’s voice birthed into fullness

This is a personal post written 10 years to the day of my third son being born. I was also birthed that day into my fullness of voice as a woman and as a full throated advocate for mothers and babies.  You see my son was a CBAC (cesarean birth after cesarean) after a failed…

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April is Cesarean Awareness Month

About a third of women giving birth today do so by cesarean. (1) According the World Health Organization, the rate for cesareans to be optimally beneficial for mothers and babies is between 10-15%. (2) This issue is far from cut-and-dried, but it merits careful thought by each woman who ever wants to have children. I…

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