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...]

5 Ways to Prepare for Natural Birth

5 Ways to Prepare for Natural Birth

During introductions in the prenatal yoga classes I teach, there’s often a mom-to-be or two who say they’re “thinking about” natural childbirth, or they “might try for a natural birth.” That kind of hedging makes me feel nervous for them. Natural birth isn’t something that most women can just “try.” It’s a powerful, physical experience, and one that calls for physical and emotional, even spiritual, dedication and preparation. Natural birth is possible—and for far more than the 14% of women who experience it, I believe. But you have to get ready for it. Few and far between are the mamas whose … [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...]

Birth Story: A Singular, Clear Feeling

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Mama: Kirsten Ellenbogen Baby: Ezra, born October 29 at 1:35 a.m., weighing 8 pounds 10 ounces, and measuring 21½ inches Excerpted from Belly Button Bliss:  A Small Collection of Happy Birth Stories No one tells you that your body keeps producing amniotic fluid, so when my water broke with my second baby, I sat around much of the day as I had with my first: trying not to leak too much. After twelve hours of minor, irregular labor pains, my midwife asked me to come to the hospital. I was given a gentle once-over and sent home. We all agreed my contractions weren’t that impressive. … [Read more...]

Birth Story: A Whole New Person is in the World

Birth Story: A Whole New Person is in the World

Mama: Julie Moon Baby: Scarlett, born February 28 at 11:11am, 8 pounds 13 ounces, 21 3/4 inches Excerpted from Belly Button Bliss:  A Small Collection of Happy Birth Stories I awake around 3:45 a.m. on my due date with contractions about six minutes apart. A terrible storm rages outside. I call my mother and my best friend, Stephanie, to give them time enough to arrive for Scarlett’s birth. My husband, Joe, is awake too, fixing a snack. My son, Jackson, is cozy and safe at his grandparents’ house, where he’d gone to spend the night when I recognized the signs of early labor the … [Read more...]