Grace Under Pregnancy: Responding to Horror Stories

We’ve all heard the horror stories. The homebirth turned cesarean. The induction gone wrong. The horrible hemorrhage. Cracked and bleeding nipples. Breastfeeding sabotaged by circumstances. And more. There is almost a compulsion to tell these stories, and we are often left feeling a little dazed as we walk away. These are valid experiences, but hard…

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Passenger or Driver: The Importance of Informed Consent.

Yes, it almost sounds like a Dr. Seuss-ism – “Would you rather be a passenger or a driver?” Most of us would rather be the driver, I would venture. In every other aspect of our lives, we exercise informed consent. We want to be involved, in control, and overseeing every detail. Take for example the…

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Why take childbirth classes anyway?

Why take childbirth classes anyway? You and baby are made for this process, so what is the big deal?  You go into labor, have many contractions, eventually become fully dilated and push out a baby. Bam. It’s nature! Right? Not quite, I’m afraid. In a perfect world, women would grow up around pregnancy, labor, birth…

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