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Homebirth of a Grandfather

  By Kelley Powell   Today I’m proud to feature guest blogger Bert Powell, a.k.a. my dad. Normally my dad writes about motorcycle travel, but today he’s venturing off the highway and onto the rugged scenic route that is homebirth. In the span of only a generation, men’s role in childbirth has done a complete about face. As my dad tells below, he went from watching me be born on a closed circuit monitor in the hospital to being actively involved in the home births of 5 of his grandchildren (his other 3 grandchildren were born in the hospital). Here is his unique... read more

Honestly- Natural Birth ROCKS

Written by Mothering contributor Sarah Clark.   I know there is a lot of this mentality out there: "I'm OK.  You're OK.  There are no wrong choices, just choices.  Do what works for you." You are going to hate me, but that just isn't how my mind works.  I have a more black and white view of the world.  I know, so old fashioned, I still believe in right and wrong.  This isn't to say that I think I am better than somebody because I think I did the right thing and I think they did the wrong thing.  Quite the contrary.  I am fully aware of the FACT that I do... read more

Women Are Losing the Capacity to Give Birth

Breaking news from Michel Odent's conference on Birth & Primal Health Research*: data is clear that we humans are losing the capacity to give birth! How can that be? It is pure evolution in action: when we do not use certain functions of our physiology, the "message" to our always-changing bodymind system -- a message that becomes passed down to future generations through changes in DNA expression -- is, "That function is no longer needed."   Oxytocin: Liquid Peace  Oxytocin has been in the news lately, the hormone of love...the moral molecule..."liquid peace" I... read more

Weeks 1 to 4: Pregnancy Week by Week

Find our full Pregnancy Week by Week Guide here.           Weeks 1 to 4: Confirming pregnancy and establishing due date   Becoming a parent may happen on purpose or by accident, but however it comes about, parenting itself is a calling. -Myla and Jon Kabat-Zinn, Mindful Parenting     Celebrate your pregnancy with other moms who are due the same month as you. Join a Due Date Club!     What's Happening in Your Body? Even though you've just discovered that you're pregnant, you're already noticing some changes. You may... read more

Week 5: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 5: What to avoid, steps to a healthy lifestyle   It's not that some people have willpower and some don't. It's that some people are ready for change and others are not. -James Gordon, M.D.     Celebrate your pregnancy with other moms who are due the same month as you. Join a Due Date Club!     What's Happening in Your Body? Your uterus is beginning to expand, and if this is your first pregnancy, it will be about as big as a tennis ball. With subsequent pregnancies, your... read more

Week 6: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 6: What to do about morning sickness and nausea   Do not anticipate trouble, or worry about what may never happen. Keep in the sunlight. -Benjamin Franklin     Celebrate your pregnancy with other moms who are due the same month as you. Join a Due Date Club!     What's Happening in Your Body? You may begin to notice sensitivity to certain smells, especially food odors, or even experience slight nausea at times. Some women will experience more serious morning sickness or... read more

Week 7: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 7: How much does diet matter?   When I use the words eating well, I mean using food not only to influence health and well being but to satisfy the senses, providing pleasure and comfort. -Andrew Weil, M.D., Eating Well for Optimum Health     Celebrate your pregnancy with other moms who are due the same month as you. Join a Due Date Club!     What's Happening in Your Body? You may begin to notice that you are responding to many things in your life with stronger emotions than... read more

Week 8: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 8: How to choose a place for your baby's birth Human beings are mammals. All mammals hide themselves, isolate themselves to give birth. They need privacy. It is the same for humans. We should always be aware of this need for privacy. -Michel Odent, M.D., Birth Reform     Celebrate your pregnancy with other moms who are due the same month as you. Join a Due Date Club!     What's Happening in Your Body? You may begin to notice some weight gain. Although your uterus may not... read more

Week 9: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 9: How to choose your birth practitioner Nature, time and patience are the three great physicians. -Greek Proverb       Celebrate your pregnancy with other moms who are due the same month as you. Join a Due Date Club!     What's Happening in Your Body? Your uterus has expanded to about the size of an orange by now, although you still probably won't be able to see this increase from the outside. What's Happening with Your Baby? It is not yet possible to determine if... read more

Week 10: Pregnancy Week by Week

        Week 10: Prenatal testing, and how to have a better relationship with food Birth goes best if it is not intruded upon by strange people and strange events. It goes best when a woman feels safe enough and free enough to abandon herself to the process. -Penny Armstrong and Sheryl Feldman, A Midwife's Story     Celebrate your pregnancy with other moms who are due the same month as you. Join a Due Date Club!     What's Happening in Your Body? You may begin to see changes in your... read more

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