Birth Story: Jenna’s VBAC

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It’s a perfect September fall day, warm and sunny, not as humid as summertime. We canoe down the Broad River—me in the front, my husband, Matt, in the back, and our son, Bodey, in the middle. Eight weeks pregnant with baby #2, I tire easily and can’t exert myself. I turn around in the canoe to sit. Leaning back, I simply stare up, noticing how the sky is edged by the trees. I feel like I’m one with those trees. It’s a precious moment in time, the kind you savor forever and recollect when you need to come back to happiness.   THE PREMONITION What happens next feels beyond … [Read more...]

Prepare for Birth? You can with ICAN.

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This evening I had the privilege of attending and speaking at our local ICAN of Athens meeting here in northeast Georgia. I joined forces with registered dietitian Marion Boyd, and we talked about prenatal eating and exercise. I’ll share more about that next week, but first, I wanted to put in a plug for ICAN. The short version: If you're pregnant, check out an ICAN meeting! I’d been meaning to attend one of their meetings for quite some time, and my schedule, intentions, and ambition just never seemed to line up. So I was grateful for the invitation to join the meeting tonight. Here’s … [Read more...]

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...]