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...]

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...]

The Perfect Baby Shower Gift

The Perfect Baby Shower Gift

Babble.com just offered up its Top 25 list of baby shower gifts. I confess, I was bummed not to see our happy birth stories book, Belly Button Bliss, on the list somewhere. … [Read more...]