Some people say ‘healthy baby, healthy mama’ is enough when it comes to a birth. For me, that is not enough. Yes, the “destination” is imperative, but the journey matters, too. It is possible to both celebrate an amazing new life and mourn the
Birth is sacred. It is the transition from couple to family, from woman to mother, from one to two. Birth is also, for most of us, a touch scary. It is still, after all these millennia, a mystery in many ways. And so,
My first birth didn’t feel very empowered. My OB seemed distinctly uninterested in having an empowered birthing patient. I felt meek and under his power. I evolved, my power grew, I switched OBs, and by Baby #2, I had what felt like a very
This bizarre birthing device was actually patented on Nov 9, 1965. Was it ever actually put into use? It certainly wouldn’t have been the first time a strange and disturbing device or practice was used in the delivery room to “help” women have their
by Sarah Clark When women mention their plans for a natural birth, they are bound to hear a wide variety of responses. “Oh, just you wait! You will be begging for that epidural!” “Well, I don’t know why you would want that.
I had an epidural with my first birth. I hadn’t taken any natural birthing classes, and I was simply unprepared for what was about to happen. In the end, it worked out well for me. I was
There are several homeopathic remedies that are a great relief for post-partum mothers while hormones are still shifting. They can help with many of the typical complaints that new mothers experience. Below is a list of several remedies that I have found very useful when
By Shannon K. Valenzuela, LCCE I always tell my students that birth is 90% mental. I don’t know if they entirely believe me, but after having six babies of my own, I’m convinced that this is true. You don’t have to be