There is such a special sweetness in being able to participate in creation.

~Pamela S. Nadav

Cesarean Awareness Month

April 2, 2008

April is Cesarean Awareness Month http://www.ican-online.org/ What is Cesarean Awareness Month? An internationally recognized month of awareness about the impact of cesarean sections on mothers, babies, and families worldwide. It’s about educating yourself to the pros and cons of major abdominal surgery and the possibilities for healthy birth afterwards as well as educating yourself for…

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Breastfeeding & Jaundice

April 2, 2008

Today I read a post on my CAPPA Yahoo group from a gal who just had a baby a little over 3 weeks ago who has come down with “breastmilk jaundice”. Now, I have absolutely no personal experience with this common occurance myself, but I’m sure that some of you (my millions of readers, that…

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April Is C-Section Awareness Month!

April 2, 2008

*I decided to keep this post at the top for all of April. So, scroll down for current posts.* I am so blessed in my birth experiences, in that I had no complications, and was able to birth out-of-hospital for all four of my kiddos. My oldest was born at a birth center, the other…

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Powerful VBAmC Video

March 25, 2008

If you’ve had a c-section – especially more than one – check this out. It’s a must-see. [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yK0K0HAgLDM] For more information, check out the ICAN website, as well as this 2006 Study.

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Great Video of the Birth Process

March 21, 2008

3-D Computer animation of the birth process. This is a great video to watch if you’re a first time mom! Of course, this process takes place over several hours or more, but it’s a great visual picture of what your body & your baby does during the birth process.

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My First Birth

March 21, 2008

I have officially attended my first birth as a labor doula. Momma went into labor Tuesday evening, but it didn’t pick up until around midnight. I was called at about 1:30am on Wednesday, and headed over to her house to help her out. This is a first time Momma who had desired a status quo…

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Watch the Eyes: A Newborn’s Conversation with God

March 18, 2008

A baby asked God, ‘They tell me you are sending me to earth tomorrow, but how am I going to live there being so small and helpless?’ God said, ‘Your angel will be waiting for you and will take care of you.’ The child further inquired, ‘But tell me, here in heaven I don’t have…

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I Didn’t Think This Needed to be Said…

March 17, 2008

Size-Friendliness: A Message To ProvidersHow To Treat a Pregnant Woman – Regardless of Her Body SizeBy Dawn Mantas Understand that I know, better than anyone else in the world, what my body size is and how it affects me, my health, and my baby. Listen to me. Respect my intuitions about my body and my…

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Singing Through the Pain

March 17, 2008

I saw this blog at The Birth Ecology Project, and had to share it here. It’s too beautiful… And it just dawned on me. I used this technique when I was in labor with my firstborn. After I’d been in labor over 24 hours, the midwife and my mom convinced me to take a walk…

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ICAN’s response to ACOG and AABC statements

February 7, 2008

Redondo Beach, CA, February 7, 2008: The International Cesarean Awareness Network (www.ican-online.org) would like to publicly condemn both the AABC (American Association of Birth Centers) and the ACOG (The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists) for their statements* this week that limit not only women’s choices in birth but imply that birth is a fashion…

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