Really?! Fear Slows Down Labor?!

It’s been awhile, birthy world! Thank you for your patience. I’ve had quite the interesting summer so far, how about you? Anyway. Today’s post. Go ahead and go read this short article before you proceed here: Fear Makes Labor Longer, Study Finds. So, they’ve “discovered” that fear slows down labor. Really? This is something women…

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Intangible Reasons

My husband and I watched “Away We Go” last night. It’s a movie about a pregnant couple’s quest to find the place where they want to give birth and raise their baby. Along the way, they meet up with a lot of old connections to try and get a feel for where they belong. During…

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Do Moms Planning an Epidural Need a Doula?

This question was posed on her facebook wall by my mentor, Desirre Andrews. I appreciate the thought that her questions provoke, and the way she challenges me to dig a little deeper and search out what my answer would be to this question. I think, overall, there is an assumption in our country that an…

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Some Say I Am Brave

Some say I am brave for choosing homebirth. To me, that’s like saying I’m brave for having a big wedding. No matter how involved the planning, we all know the real work of marriage starts when the wedding is over. So it is with birth. Our childhood, our growing up, and our pregnancy is the…

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Birth Professionals are People, Too.

In light of my last post, which highlighted what things I might do differently if I were to find myself with child again, has got me thinking. Not posting, but thinking. When I open up and share about the struggles I had with breastfeeding, CIO/Sleep training, and other decisions, I often see a look of…

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Top 10 Things I’d Do If I Were Pregnant Again

We all have things we’d like to hit the rewind button for. Today, I thought I’d share the top ten things I’d do differently if I were to miraculously find myself pregnant again. Why not? It’s not something I’ve shared before on this blog. I don’t often get very personal, but I’d like my readers…

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A Voice of Love

In American culture, it is becoming more and more common to see women becoming mothers alone. This woman could be a teenager pregnant before she is really grown up. She could be a woman pregnant by a man she no longer loves. Perhaps she is a woman pregnant by a man who is not ready…

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From the Cheap Seats to the Choir Loft

As a certified “birth junkie,” it’s easy to preach to the choir. What can be difficult is getting new members to join. I think a lot of that is due to society’s general lack of knowledge about birth, and the entrenched medical mentality that is so difficult to overcome. Difficult, but not impossible. I also…

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Pain’s Message

“Labor will hurt. Probably a lot. But whether this is negative is another matter… A laboring woman can be in a great deal of pain, yet feel loved and supported and exhilarated by the creative forces flowing through her body and her ability to meet labor’s challenges.” ~ Henci Goer Pain in general is not…

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All We’re Really Trying to Say

There is a misconception I have noticed among the general population in regards to birth professionals who advocate for the kind of birth outlined in the above photo. How surprised they are when they learn that doulas, childbirth educators, and midwives are actually all for advances in technology and care. We just desire that practice…

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