Before the Birth Plan, A Pregnancy Plan

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I’m worried about the state of birth in our society. Fewer doctors know what drug-free childbirth looks like. Vaginal births are on the decline in too many places. More moms think their care providers are going to educate them about childbirth during the already too-short appointments dedicated to checking on mom’s and baby’s prenatal health. And it feels a lot like we’re conceding birth as a medical event, rather than protecting it as the wholly natural and empowering experience it can be. Let’s be clear: I don’t believe the only “good” birth is a natural birth. I don’t think OBs are the … [Read more...]

Birth Without Fear: “I learned I was capable of great things.”

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Most mamas will have normal pregnancies and births, but that fact alone doesn’t do enough to ease fears related to childbirth. What does lay fear to rest is knowledge. And while the internet offers a fast, easy way to gather up a lot of information related to birth, it’s also—unfortunately—too often the gateway to a lot more fear! Which is why I’m so appreciative of Birth Without Fear, a blog  and Facebook community where moms-to-be can learn a lot without scaring themselves silly. The wonder-woman behind BWF is January, a home-schooling mother to five littles age 8 and under. She’s a … [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...]

5 Faves: Birth, Breastfeeding, and Mothering

Five Faves: Birth, Breastfeeding, Parenting facebook fanpages

In honor of Cinco de Mayo on this lovely 5/5, here’s a list of 5 of my favorite birthy and early parenting Facebook fan pages: Birthing from Within Childbirth Connection Kelly Mom Attachment Parenting International Momma Zen   Birthing from Within Birthing From Within provides books, products, certification programs, and events for anyone interested in childbirth. We are on the cutting edge, offering mindful, compassionate and dynamic childbirth and parenting preparation. Find a wonderful class or doula near you! Take a workshop and change your perspective on what birth … [Read more...]