Birth Story: How Birth Was Meant To Be

How Birth Was Meant to Be

Mama: Maureen Hunt Baby: Madeline, born March 3, 2007, at 4:27 p.m., 8 pounds 3 ounces, 20¼ inches Excerpted from Belly Button Bliss:  A Small Collection of Happy Birth Stories With my first baby, I had an uncomplicated, scheduled Cesarean section at thirty-nine and a half weeks. My baby was breech, and she stayed that way despite the acupressure and moxibustion I’d tried to encourage her to turn. After the C-section, we were both physically fine, but I felt I had lost my power as a mother. I felt like I didn’t give birth to my baby. The doctors pulled her out of me, and … [Read more...]

Maureen Hunt

Maureen Hunt

Maureen Hunt, author of the Belly Button Bliss birth story "How Birth Was Meant To Be," is a music educator. From elementary and middle school band students to children birth to five and their adult caregivers in Music Together(R) classes, Maureen is a teacher of all ages. She also teaches preschool on Sundays and coordinates Summer Assemblies Music at her church. Outside of the world of music, Maureen enjoys yoga, mountain biking, and spending time  in nature with her husband and two young daughters, age 9 and 3.     Back to all Belly Button Bliss Authors … [Read more...]

And the Winner is…

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Congratulations to Grace, who won a copy of Belly Button Bliss: A Small Collection of Happy Birth Stories in this week's book giveaway contest! Grace said her favorite part of birth was pushing (and the sweet little girl she got for her effort!). For more on what makes for a happy birth, check out these stories from the book:   A Whole New Person is in the World by Julie Moon Don't Sweat the Small Stuff by Melissa Rayworth Sacred Ceremony by Bridget Foley A Singular, Clear Feeling by Kirsten Ellenbogen I Can't Do This! I CAN Do This! by Kara Douglass Thom Happy … [Read more...]

Book Giveaway: Belly Button Bliss

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On Sunday mornings, I teach prenatal yoga. I love starting the week with beautiful pregnant women and their glorious bellies! So, in honor of the mamas preparing for birth this morning, I'm giving away a copy of my book Belly Button Bliss: A Small Collection of Happy Birth Stories. If I may brag a little, this cute baby shower gift is the perfect antidote to the scary stories birth mothers too often hear about labor and childbirth. Filled with inspirational birth stories, the anthology celebrates the intuitive wisdom of women's bodies and the transformative effect of childbirth. Each story … [Read more...]

Julie Moon

Julie Moon

Julie Moon, author of the Belly Button Bliss essay “A Whole New Person is in the World,” is a portrait photographer who loves working with babies, families, and pregnant mothers.  She is the daughter of a doula and has been around all things birth for many years.  She enjoys helping her friends through their journeys of childbirth by occasionally acting as their doula and by sharing her experiences with birth. Julie lives in Athens, Georgia, with her husband, Joe, and their three children: Savannah, Jackson, and Scarlett.  Though all Julie’s births were wonderful, unmedicated, and peaceful, … [Read more...]