As I approach my twenty fourth week of pregnancy I find my thoughts drifting toward birthing day. We’re planning our second home birth with a midwife we love, but our first birth experience, as just-right as it was, doesn’t prevent the
Natural Birth and Homebirth
Either you like pushing, or you don’t. Not too many women who feel so-so on this topic. Personally, I hated it. Three kids, and each one I would have coped with contractions for another calendar day before I would have willingly pushed.
The Guardian reported today that, according to an Oxford University study, homebirth may be a safe and cheaper option for women in England. The study examined 64,000 births in England between 2008 and 2010 and determined that encouraging low risk moms to deliver
A TV news reporter called me today. She wants me to make an on-camera comment about a recent mix-up in a Virginia, MN hospital. Despite the many safety procedures hospitals are required to have in place, a newborn baby was placed in the wrong mama’s
“Being pregnant and giving birth are like crossing a narrow bridge. People can accompany you to the bridge. They can greet you on the other side, but you must walk that bridge alone.” ~African Proverb~ * * * * The word midwife literally
Lisa Barrett and Gloria Lemay I’m excited looking forward to Sarah Buckley’s keynote talk this morning here in Nashville, about oxytocin, or as she calls it, “Liquid Love.” It’s been fun getting here a little early (arrived Tuesday evening to teach my all-day pre-conference
A CDC report notes a dramatic increase in home births from 2004 to 2009. The rate of home births among non-Hispanic white women went up 36%, making one out of every 90 births to these women a home birth. Some report highlights: *The CDC report
The Unsaid: Black Women and the Childbirth Experience in Oregon by Kathryn Bereman-Skelly January 17, 2011 When I had my first baby, I was just scared. The nurses at the hospital whispered around me, and treated me like I was ignorant. It’s what the
By Heidi DahlborgWeb Exclusive – July 6, 2008 Water covers 70 percent of the earth, and makes up 60 percent of our bodies as adults and 85 percent of a baby’s body. The salty primordial sea gave rise to much of life on earth,
The CDC reported today that homebirths are on the rise in the US. Michele Deck, President of Lamaze International, responds to this study “Trends in Home Births in the United States: 1990-2009.” Read her response and then tell us why you chose a homebirth.