On Labor Day, A Birth Rally

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On Labor Day, women and families in more than 100 cities around the country rallied for what ought to be a given: evidence-based maternity care. In my hometown, Nashville TN, more than a hundred people gathered along West End in Centennial Park for our Rally for Change —organized by local doula Holly Heveron-Smith. The solid show of support speaks to the vibrant and dedicated community of birth doulas, midwives, educators, and advocates who dedicate themselves to making birth better for women and their babies. The demands of evidence-based maternity care aren't extreme: No inductions … [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...]

Friday Reads

FridayReads

Two great reads from around the interweb today worth sharing: This one, where eight midwives share their wisdom, in an excerpt from the new book Catching Babies by Geradine Simkins. I'm so grateful for everyone dedicated to helping women birth. What powerful work! Check out the story: Catching Babies over at Spirituality & Health magazine. No longer does a “normal birth” mean a new mother awakens in a haze to discover that her baby is no longer inside of her. Today, often with the help of midwives, women are fully present while giving birth. Once again, women are able to share … [Read more...]