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Register for the Ninth Annual Miles for Midwives Celebration

Miles for Midwives brings together runners, families and midwifery supporters for a fun day devoted to maternity care improvement and community wellness. Proceeds from this event benefit the work of NYC Midwives and CiC to improve maternity care in our community. Your participation will support our efforts to promote the Midwives Model of Care and healthy maternity care options. By participating in this event, your raised dollars directly enable the education and empowerment of women and families in our community! Event Date: Saturday, October... read more

Blessings of Homebirth

By Betsy LeightonWeb Exclusive "Knowing comes from the place within us that is connected to our source." From A Still, Small Voice by Echo L. Bodine A month before the due date of my second pregnancy, I had a dream that there were two little girls with pigtails in their hair joining our family. When I told my husband about my dream, he joked, "there had better be only one baby in there. We only have one more bedroom!" We were planning a homebirth for this pregnancy. Our son had been born at home without complications. In fact, his birth had gone so quickly, that we... read more

The Legacy of Black Midwives

By Zelie Pollon Issue 144 - September/October 2007 Later, when Monroe was a student at the University of Massachusetts, she'd stop black women on campus to ask if they were from Africa, and if so, if they were midwives. She was on a mission: to connect with the African midwifery tradition, and to imbue her own midwifery journey with its wisdom. In 1982, the first of Monroe's seven children was born, with a Jewish midwife in attendance—at that time, there were no black midwives in Boston. It was obvious to Monroe there was a need to be filled, and she decided to... read more

My Perfect/Not-So-Perfect Moment: The Play Birth and BOLD Turn Five

BOLD 2011 Muskoka, Canada   “The thing that is really hard, and really amazing, is giving up on being perfect and beginning the work of becoming yourself.” -       Anna Quindlen   I’m a perfectionist, or so I’ve been told. Recently as a mom being perfect has been a tough calling. This summer I’ve felt like the captain of team Loser Mom. The kids are dressed – probably because they are ten and twelve now and dress themselves – but the rest of my household is an utter mess. Perfect started slipping in June.   Now, late... read more

Not the Kind of House for a Home Birth

By Emily Sinagra Web Exclusive When I called my mother and said I was thinking about having a home birth, she screamed, "Oh my God, why? What's wrong with the Birth Center? It's just like home, isn't it?" True, the Birth Center where I'd had my daughter, Dominique, six years earlier was homey enough, and it was definitely alternative enough for my mother. I'd been very happy with the experience-except for the fact that we had arrived only 10 minutes before the baby was born. "Mom, I don't want to have to go out in the freezing cold again. I barely made it... read more

Candles Not Required

By Jenna HullWeb Exclusive - February 27, 2007 I am not the product of hippie parents and I don't consider myself righteous. I am not an atheist, a liberal, or a neofeminist. I am not crazy nor am I from Mars. Yet these are typical assumptions people make when I tell them that my child was born at home. Intentionally. I did not have the baby in the dead of winter, in some remote locale, alone and stark naked. I did not light candles, play new age music, chant to a birth goddess, or have a séance. I did not have my baby while hugging a tree or squatting in a rice... read more

Saying No to Episiotomy

By Elizabeth BruceIssue 104, January/February 2001 Episiotomy--the cutting of perineal tissues during delivery--is not something that most women give a second thought to, at least not until they've given birth for the first time. The perineum is the delicate area between the vagina and the anus. After an episiotomy, even sitting can be painful, and sex can be unbearable. Episiotomy is the most common surgical procedure performed in the US, and, according to Sheila Kitzinger, "It is the only surgery likely to be performed without her consent on the body of a healthy... read more

Waiting for Baby

Waiting for Baby: Discovering Harmony in the Days Before Labor by Kathryn Mello May 26, 2011 Pregnancy is a phenomenal experience in and of itself, but the magic of giving birth is even more mystical. The last days leading up to labor are often anxiously awaited and endured with many uncomfortable conditions—such as extreme fatigue, sciatic, hip and back pain, diarrhea, and insomnia to name a few. Yet, no matter how restless or eager you may be during your last days with baby in utero, it’s nearly impossible not to feel excitement for the new life you’re about to... read more

A Touching Look at Touching

By Julia Vidakovic Web Exclusive Ask anyone who's been there - people love touching pregnant women. As soon as it becomes obvious that you're pregnant and not just carrying an excess of chocolate cake, the hands fly out from all directions and affix themselves firmly on your ever expanding belly: the checkout operator in the supermarket, the little old lady at the crosswalk, the mail carrier delivering your mail - they all seem to have the irresistible urge to speak to you, proffer advice and gently pat or touch your burgeoning belly. I often wondered... read more

Solutions for Better Sleep During Pregnancy

  After the first trimester, many women feel a renewed sense of energy — morning sickness is over (or at least maybe less severe) and exhaustion is replaced with feeling only slightly tired. But somewhere around the 15th week of pregnancy, when it’s no longer comfortable to sleep on your stomach or back, nighttime sleep can become a problem. As your pregnant body grows, you’ll be spending most night sleeping on your side. Extended side sleeping can cause back, shoulder, hip and even ear cartilage pain, all of which causes disruptive sleep and a rough start to your... read more

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