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scenes from a conference, part 3

More photos from the 7th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference in Long Beach, California, which I attended last weekend with Mothering publisher and editor Peggy O’Mara (see her latest reflections on the conference here). The view from my sixth-floor room at the conference (it was held at the Long Beach Hilton). It felt very NOT Santa Fe. . . An appreciative audience applauds Saturday’s “Brazen Women” panel of presidents of health organizations.  That’s Peggy (Mothering editor and publisher Peggy O’Mara) in the bottom left... read more

HBAC after 2 Cesareans

Dear M. Odent, I am a great fan of yours, and I have read many of your books. I am writing to you because after having had 2 previous cesareans (the first was an emergency, I was giving birth at home, but as she was crowning it was discovered that she was face presentation - lips first. The second was for a twin delivery, baby A was breech, and I could not find anyone who was qualified or willing to deliver them vaginally with a breech presentation, my water broke so the cesarean was performed). I am now pregnant with baby number 4, and I would desperately like to... read more

scenes from a conference, part 2

Well, shoot. This is a little embarrassing. I was at the 7th International Black Midwives and Healers Conference last weekend, and fully intended to post regularly throughout the days we were there.  But then my laptop died and was sent back to Apple twice to be repaired. It wasn’t fixed in time to go to the conference, so our Mac whiz, Tim Nagy, lent me a loaner. Now, I don’t mean to sound like an ingrate, but it’s kind of like having a pedal-powered computer. Big and slow and a lot of work to do anything. I couldn’t get it to stay online at the hotel... read more

The Hidden Risk of Epidurals

A common intervention, epidurals are given to reduce pain during birth. But at what cost? A leading Australian physician discusses how this invasive procedure actually impedes labor and harms both mother and baby. Adapted from the book Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering; The wisdom and science of gentle choices in pregnancy, birth, and parenting available from www.sarahjbuckley.com By Sarah J. Buckley The first recorded use of an epidural was in 1885, when New York neurologist J. Leonard Corning injected cocaine into the back of a patient suffering from "spinal... read more

The Watermelon Effect

By Tanya N. Cook Web Exclusive They say that I should be ashamed of you. That I should hide you under clothes, buy creams to ease your grip on me, even go under the laser to erase all evidence of your existence. But I am proud of you. I may never wear a bikini again, but that has less to do with you than with the little saggy pouch underneath my belly button that you decorate. Catching a glimpse of my bare stomach I am shocked. Somehow in my mind, it still seems as though it should be flat and smooth as it was before, in my other life. But there you were,... read more

The Language of Birth

By Alyssa Colton Issue 138 - September-October 2006 When I think of pain, I think of something shooting, unendurable, wrenching—something that is a shock to the system. I think of something that needs to be stopped at all costs. When I set about preparing myself for my first daughter's birth, I understood that pain was involved. Though on some level I was scared, I think I was more scared by all the medical horrors that could happen. As I did more research, I understood that many medical complications are brought about by the practice of medicine itself. I knew that... read more

C-section Pain, is this Normal?

I just had a c section on friday they gave me hydrocodone/app 7.5mg. I take only half a pill every 4hr and I have pain only on my right side and my chest is hurting me uncontrolable. I can't even lay down it feels like my insides are tearing. Is all this normal?I would suggest to contact your medical professional ASAP. Best wishes, Judy read more

Biotech Companies Developing Blood Tests for Down Syndrome

  Andy with his sisters Lily and Kate Two biotech companies, Artemis and Sequenom, are developing prenatal blood tests to detect Trisomy 21, the chromosomal abnormality that causes Down syndrome. These blood tests are non-invasive and can be done in the first trimester of pregnancy. According to Ian Clements, spokesperson for the San Diego-based publicly-traded Sequenom, the company recently completed a successful study of the plasma of about 480 women, which they plan to publish soon. Clements said Sequenom’s next step is to do a... read more

Midwifery Blessing

Hey LA Mommas, Sunday, October 10 1:30 – 4:30 Celebrate Midwifery with Carrie Anne Moss & Ricki Lake Cost: Free Please bring your family to join us for this celebration including: Special guest Peggy O’Marra of Mothering Magazine Music by Renee and Jeremy and Maggie Wheeler and Emile Hassan Dyer with the Golden Bridge Community Choir A sacred blessing of the midwive’s hands led by Andrea Bendewald, of Enchanted Circle See you there! Love, Jessica About Jessica... read more

still thinking about

. . . something Ronald David said in his keynote on Friday: The Hebrew word for compassion is rachm or racham. It also means womb. Photo —unrelated to compassion or wombs, I suppose—from my run on Friday. Tags: bird of paradise, Hebrew, Long Beach, rachm, ronald david, womb This entry was posted on Sunday, October 10th, 2010 at 1:03 pm and is filed under living, momdom. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. Both comments and pings are currently closed.     read more

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