Archive for the ‘Miscellaneous’ Category


Monday, August 31st, 2009

The new Parent Pages at CAPPA!!!

Are you expecting? This page is a great place to start, if you’re looking for evidence-based information, tips, and facts. Check it out!

Weekend Update

Friday, June 12th, 2009

Spain’s Got it Going ON!

Tuesday, April 28th, 2009

You will not believe this. There is a commercial in Spain, advertising a certain brand of mattresses, and using a real home birth to promote their product!!! A beautiful birth is shown, and it’s a far cry from what American women see on TV everyday. Absolutely lovely!

New Spanish Commercial for Flex Brand Beds Features Actual Birth

Doulas on the Today Show!

Thursday, November 6th, 2008

“The Today Show on NBC will feature DONA International 8:06 am EST
Thursday,November 6th

DONA International will be featured on NBC’s Today Show!

Change your schedule, set your alarm and program your VCR, DVR or TiVo to record a segment about birth doulas that will be aired on NBC’s Today Show on Thursday, November 6, 2008 early in the 8:00 am EST hour.

Ami Schmitz, Today Show medical producer, recently gave birth with the assistance of a DONA certified birth doula and wants to sing the praises of doulas and DONA International! She, along with Dr. Nancy Snyderman, NBC News Chief Medical Editor, will present this segment. An expanded companion article about doulas and DONA International will be available on the Today Show web site, which will include the interviews they did with me. The article should be available on Thursday, but it might be necessary to type “doula” in the search engine if it is not the top news that day. This segment will air barring breaking news that takes precedence. You will be notified if the segment is rescheduled.”

The Last Firsts

Thursday, October 30th, 2008

Normally, I don’t share much of my personal life on this blog, but I decided that I ought to share the following post.

May it bless you and encourage you – especially if you are a mother of little ones, or about to be.


It’s so odd to realize that I am probably watching my last baby hit his first milestones.

I’ve watched the last first tooth, the last first haircut, the last first smile, and the last first words. As of last night, I have also seen the last first steps. Yes, it’s true. My Chubber Bubber Dubber Do has taken his first wobbly steps – two at a time! Laughing and careening, a car clutched in his little dimpled baby boy hand.

Levi & I were passing him between us, and Bubbers was laughing fit to kill! Of course, I was crying. Just a little. I looked at Levi and said to him “You know, it’s just as exciting to watch the fourth baby’s first steps as it was to watch the first baby’s.”

This milestone has always been a tough one for me. It really seems to signal a good-bye to babyhood for the little one. And it’s hard to let go. Even though they all still need me everyday, for just about everything, I sometimes really feel like they’re just ready to leave me. To fly away.

I don’t know if I’ll ever be ready for that. I had a hard time a couple of weeks ago watching Turbo playing across the street with the neighbors’ grandsons. It was his first Mom-can-I-go-over-and-see-if-what’s-his-name-can-play-pleasepleaseplease?! And as I sat at my living room window watching him run circles around the house shooting and being shot, playing “armies”, I cried. And cried. And cried. (I’m tearing up now, actually!)

It was the first time I really felt like I was letting go of his hand just a bit. I’ve never felt this way leaving them with a sitter or in Sunday school. Why did I feel so lonely just letting him play at the neighbor’s? And why was it so hard? I don’t understand this motherhood thing. I really don’t. If this is what it’s going to be like when they’re all grown up and moving out, I might have a nervous breakdown!

Don’t get me wrong – I don’t get depressed thinking about it, but I just feel a longing to stay where I am. My parents were so right when they warned me not to blink. Never has the meaning of the word “bittersweet” really sunk in like it has in the last few weeks.

I don’t feel like I’m grieving either. I just feel…so…grown-up. Really and truly grown-up. Like childhood really is fully behind me now. I’m seeing it from the other side, and realizing how utterly precious my time here is.

To watch these kids grow and change and learn and laugh is a supreme joy and a supreme pain. There is nothing like it. Nothing. To be the center of their little worlds…to be the one they bring their troubles to. Those troubles that seem so big and scary and real to their little hearts. Their hearts are in my hands. My imperfect, soft, inadequate hands.

The God of the universe has entrusted these precious, made-in-His-image beings to me. Never have I felt the need to surrender to His will so much. Never have I fully understood my incompetence until now. Never have I been so grateful to be used by such a gracious, loving God. Never have I been so glad to have Somewhere to go when I fall short. Never have I been so incredibly happy to belong to Jesus, Who is always ready and willing to not only forgive me, but to cover over my mistakes, and turn them into something that will please Him.

I have truly begun to learn the height and depth and width of God’s love for me through loving my children. And what I’ve learned is just a drop in the ocean. It makes me long for the day when I get to dive into that ocean and never ever leave! I just pray that my kids can experience that too – even if it is through my imperfect, dingy example. God really does have a way of clearing things up as long as I lean on Him moment by moment.

But these last firsts are so truly bittersweet to watch. I can’t imagine life after babies, but I’m at peace inside, knowing that God is good, and will keep holding my hands as I learn to take one step at a time through this thing called motherhood. One step at a time. Just one.

PS: What milestones have been the hardest for you as a mom?

WFMW: Honey!

Wednesday, October 29th, 2008

You know that point in labor where you feel like the contractions aren’t giving you a rest, and they’re never going to quit? You need some energy? Something? Anything?

A spoonful of honey can go a long way in giving you a quickly absorbed energy boost during transition, and even pushing. Since a lot of it is absorbed in your mouth, rather than the stomach, the chances of puking it back up are pretty slim. It’s a great source of quick carbohydrate energy. It’s natural, and I’ve used it in all four of my births.

For me, it has always kept that second wind going long enough for me to push out my babies.

For more WFMW posts, visit Rocks In My Dryer!

Ina May Gaskin ~AND~ Kids Having Babies

Tuesday, June 24th, 2008

Kids Having Babies (from my doula board, though it’s not a doula’s child).

A six-year-old boy told his father he wanted to marry the little girl
across the street. The father, being modern and well-schooled in
handling children, hid his smile behind his hand.

‘That’s a serious step,’ he said. ‘Have you thought it out completely?’

‘Yes,’ his young son answered. ‘We can spend one week in my room and
the next in hers. It’s right across the street, so I can run home if I
get scared of the dark.’

‘How about transportation? ‘ the father asked.

‘I have my wagon, and we both have our tricycles,’ the little boy answered.

The boy had an answer to every question the father raised. Finally,
in exasperation, his dad asked, ‘What about babies? When you’re
married, you’re liable to have babies, you know.’

‘We’ve thought about that, too,’ the little boy replied. ‘We’re not
going to have babies. Every time she lays an egg, I’m going to step
on it!’

Walk for Life

Tuesday, May 20th, 2008

This year, my family & I will be participating in LifeNetwork’s annual Walk for Life.

I am so thrilled to be able to participate, because it’s the signal of a fresh time in my life. I have always had a soft spot for young women facing an unplanned pregnancy, and choose life for their babies despite pressure to do otherwise. Especially the ones who are facing it alone. I hurt deeply for these girls, and have always wanted to do something to help.

Well, now I can.

I was listening to this broadcast of Family Life Today, in which Barbara Wilson shares her experience with promiscuity and the choice to have an abortion. In this broadcast (or the 2nd part…I’m not sure which), she shares a startling statistic.

40% of women of child-bearing age in this country have had an abortion.

My heart broke. For the babies. For the women.

And I felt the nudge of the Holy Spirit, letting me know it was finally ok for me to volunteer with a local crisis pregnancy center – even though it will have to be really limited because of my family. My family, after all, must still come first. But…I am so excited to be able to volunteer at all!!! I am going through the application process now, and hope to be ready to be involved very soon.

In the meantime, I’m participating in this year’s Walk for Life along with my family. If you’d like to sponsor me, I’d really appreciate it! Just visit my personal fundraising page, where you can make a secure donation.

At the very least, pray for organizations like LifeNetwork, for the women they are trying to help, and for the babies they are trying to save. Thank you.


Religion is Child Abuse?

Wednesday, May 14th, 2008

“An In-Depth Look at Article 14 of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child

This week, we continue our series on the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child with Article 14, which says that the government shall “respect the right of the child to freedom of thought, conscience and religion,” and shall also “respect the rights and duties of the parents and, when applicable, legal guardians, to provide direction to the child in the exercise of his or her right in a manner consistent with the evolving capacities of the child.”

Proponents of the CRC, such as law professor Jonathan Todres, has commented that Article 14 “provides for the role of parents in teaching religion to their children, while ensuring that the government does not impose restrictions on any child’s right to freedom of religion.” Nevertheless, a deeper understanding of this provision reveals that the purportedly “pro-parent” language is really another avenue for government power, not a shield to protect parental rights.”

Read the rest of this scary article here.
Then, go sign The Petition for the Parental Rights Amendment.

Eat My Placenta? Are You Crazy?

Wednesday, April 9th, 2008

Admittedly, I have never even considered eating my placenta – whether raw, steamed, blended, or dried & encapsulated. Ever. I’ve never even looked into it. However. On my doula yahoo group, there have been several – and I mean several – posts about this option. Up until about two weeks ago, I thought this was just a freaky, hippie, weirdo thing to do.

I have discovered that it really isn’t. It’s a viable option that seems to have far more benefits than I ever thought it could. Frankly, it’s still weird to me, but in the interest of learning all I can about the options women have, I started checking it out.

And, if I have another child, I will probably consider encapsulating my placenta and using it for many of the purposes listed on the following sites:

~Placenta Benefits
~Gentle Birth: Medicinal Uses of the Placenta
~Virtual Birth Center: What Can I Do With This Placenta?