Posptartum and the Great Abyss

The postpartum period is a critical time for the health, attachment and emotional adjustment for both mother and baby. It has become the expected norm that women are left with very little medical or care provider support/assistance in handling the many norms, transitions and stumbling blocks that present in the first 6 weeks postpartum with…

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Grateful For My Birth(s) Carnival

I am so thankful to all of the submissions I received for this Why I am Grateful for my Birth(s) blog carnival. I have found no matter what a woman can learn something and be grateful for something in every birth experience no matter how difficult or wonderful. Enjoy these quips and please go to…

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Grateful For My Births

Focusing on Thanksgiving, I asked others to submit a “Why I am Grateful For My Birth(s)” blog post.  In the spirit of that, here is my own blog posting. Stay tuned for the Carnival of posts to be up by Thanksgiving morning. I myself have had four varied labors and births, one of which could…

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The Most Important Piece.

I have birthed four children, all of them out-of-hospital. My oldest was born in a free-standing birth center after 37 hours of labor, including two to three pushing. My second was born in my own bed after eight hours of labor, and a few minutes of pushing. My third and fourth were also born in…

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Why Childbirth Education?

I sit here and ponder Why childbirth education is important?. I am an educator because I think it can be a vital piece to the preparation puzzle prior to welcoming a baby.  I use the word “can” versus “is” due to the fact that all educational offerings are not created equally. It is known that…

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Choosing Your Childbirth Class

Being a childbirth (perinatal) educator is a position that affords great opportunity to positively influence women in the childbearing year and far beyond.  It is also a great responsibility that ought include: self-assessment, continuing education, evidence-based curriculum, the ability inform with discernment and the willingness not to teach a good patient course. With all of…

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Already Mother

Birth is an adventure only experienced by most women a few times in their lifetime. Make it count – no matter what your medical needs are. Get educated. Participate in the decision-making. Be a mother to your unborn baby, because you ARE, already, Mother. ~Tiffany Miller, CLD This thought came to mind this morning as…

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A Mother’s Body

A mother’s body grows a new person from a microscopic connection. A mother’s body internally reorganizes to make room for her flourishing baby. A mother’s body soothes and gives her baby love simply from her beating heart, sounds of her breath and how she rocks. A mother’s body is hardwired to nourish and protect her…

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