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Having a Baby in America

Issue 111 By Peggy O'Mara For over twenty years, I have listened to women talk about their intentions before birth and have been fascinated to compare this to what they report afterwards. Often, as new mothers, we are disappointed when things do not turn out as we had hoped and planned. We are confused and blame ourselves. We wonder what might have been different about our baby's birth and what simply must be accepted. What does a woman require to birth normally? What are the qualities and experiences that allow a woman to have the... read more

Natural Parenting Toolbox: Postpartum Depression Danger Signs

Difficulty falling asleep, staying asleep or getting out of bed. Frequent wakefulness due to vivid, frightening dreams. Loss of interest in food or extreme food cravings for high carbohydrate or high caffeine snacks Unusual weight loss of gain. Sustained interest in alcoholic beverages, sedatives or other medication. Feeling sluggish, slowed down, fidgety or agitated. Feeling exhausted and unable to complete routine tasks. Having accidents related to fatigue or inattention. Difficulty concentrating, remembering, organizing or making... read more

Rally, Petition in support of insurance coverage for birth

So, today we’ve been really busy working on plans for an upcoming support rally we’re holding with our sister organization on March 18th (details below).  We’re working with a woman who was denied health insurance coverage for an out-of-hospital birth (in her case, homebirth) by the SEIU.  Home birth and birth center birth are affected, and we know we have to work together to make sure we preserve as many options as we can so that mother can chose what’s best for themselves.     We’re planning a support rally for her for the actual appeal hearing, but... read more

Natural Parenting Toolbox: Herbs to Avoid During Pregnancy

There are several herbs that should not be used during pregnancy, except under the direction of a trained herbal specialist, and many that have not been adequately studied as of yet: Herbs that stimulate uterine contractions: birthwort, blue cohosh, cinchona, cotton root bark, ergot, goldenseal, gotu kila, Peruvian bark. Note that blue cohosh and black cohosh are safe to use later in pregnancy when it is desirable to stimulate contractions. Herbs that stimulate menstrual flow: agave, angelica, bethroot, black cohosh, chicory, feverfew, hyssop, horehound, lovage, milk... read more

Do Men Get Pregnant, Too?

I collaborated with Texas-based DadLabs to develop a new video on the hormonal changes men experiences when their partners become pregnant. You can watch it here: Do Men Get Pregnant, Too? read more

My Body

My BodyMy body.My body.My body.My fat body!I have been strugglingwith my body for years.Not liking my photos.Not liking my clothes.Not liking my full face.Not liking (How could I?)this thingyour body,Baby,has done to mine.Now I know my bodyis a magical vessel,able to transform itselfat the service of life.Able to stretch bigwith new life,to swell small breastslarge with milk.to grow narrow pelvisopen for birth.to reach aching armsout for comfort.My magnificentmagical body.Fat at times.Skinny at other times.Young at times.Old at other times.Stretched at times.Taut at... read more

Two is a coincidence, three is a trend...

When the phone rings, it’s usually a regular business call.  Unless it’s the last week of the month, when we start getting incessant calls from the bar association, making sure, for the umpteenth time, that I am properly listed in the directory (and no, I don’t want to buy a copy).  But these days, we’ve been hearing from more and more pregnant women, calling because maybe, just maybe, we’re actually open, and if not, could someone please help with her insurance company? We’re used to the “can you recommend an XYZ provider in Brooklyn” calls – in fact, we... read more

There's No Place Like Home

By Pam EnglandWeb Exclusive "I know that I'm healthy and everything's going well with my baby and I know everything's going to be fine." Those words, uttered by an extremely pregnant Dawn Louro on CBS's Morning Show in February, sound more innocuous than momentous. But in some ways, they are revolutionary. Because Ms. Louro's calm assessment of her pregnancy came only weeks before she gave birth on television, before an audience of millions. At home. In some circles, laboring or birthing at home is considered quite radical. Most first-time mothers probably doubt that... read more

Birth Poem

Amidst a phalanx of machinery blinking green lights blood pressure cuffs IVs and needles efficient squeaky shoes Me: a glowing, sweating, super-charged galaxy a portal, opening to admit one new body, freshly made into this world. I draw on every strength I have ever possessed and push my insides out down out down out And then you are in my arms! Slippery, red, angry— a stranger to my eyes, yet the indomitable spirit I have come to know so well. When you are cut free I get my body back but a body changed, once a supernova part of me dying new life dawning Now a proof to... read more

Birthwork

~ for my Zachary Otis ~ You and I worked together so hard and for so long for your arrival But it was the first time for both of us and we never did get it quite right. When you sounded the alarm (that plummet in the rapid fluttering of your heartbeat, enough to make my own heart stop.) I had already agreed, my body stopped opening, starting to close back up around your little tiny perfect head. And the midwife, the blessed midwife, said your birth would be surgical, and I answered for us both knowing we had no other choice: We’d worked as hard as we could. And so the... read more

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