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  1. Baby
    She's had four natural births: two days of labor at home concluded with a hospital birth, a water birth in a birth center, a home birth, and, by accident, an unassisted home birth. Her name is Sarah Clark and she is a natural childbirth educator, also known as the Birth Boot Camp instructor...
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    My husband knew I was nervous because I'd asked him what I should wear at least three times that day. I still hadn't lost my pregnancy weight and hadn't realized that the hope of concealing my ripened motherly figure was just a symbol of the burden I carried from the trauma of my son's birth. I...
  3. Pregnancy & Birth
    There was a time when I thought that the less you feared birth the better. I'm not so sure anymore. I used to think that women feared birth just because of the media and ugly stories they heard at baby showers and from their friends about inductions gone wrong and things that could have been...
  4. Pregnancy & Birth
    photo credit: www.freedigitalphotos.net   When my wife and I first contemplated a home birth, many folks we knew asked, "but, isn't home birth unsafe and totally insane?" I don't think it is. If we look historically, home birth has been practiced in 99.9% of births since humans began walking...
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    By Sheryl Paul Around the sixth month of my pregnancy with my second son, my hip locked up to the point of debilitating pain. I had experienced something similar in my first pregnancy, but the second time was more extreme and I knew I needed help. I booked an appointment with a bodyworker and...
  6. Pregnancy & Birth
      Birth is sacred. It is the transition from couple to family, from woman to mother, from one to two. Birth is also, for most of us, a touch scary. It is still, after all these millennia, a mystery in many ways. And so, it is somewhat natural to dismiss the first birth. People often say...
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    By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   From the moment Daddy or your birth partner cuts your newborn's umbilical cord, your infant begins her life as an autonomous being. Both symbolically and literally, your baby will now seek nourishment as a being separate from you. While the act of...
  8. Pregnancy & Birth
      There's a lot more to prepare when you are planning a home birth. It isn't a matter of having your hospital bag packed. You need to have your space prepared. I've created a list of things that I found helpful during my labor and delivery at home. 1. All supplies recommended by your...
  9. Pregnancy & Birth
      Almost three years ago, I took a doula training workshop through DONA. As part of the preparation for this workshop, we were required to interview a mother from an older generation about her birth experiences. I'm not sure I ever would have thought to do this if it weren't for this assignment...
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    I cannot let Empowered Birth Awareness Week close without reflecting on the fact that birth leaves powerful lifelong imprints. Our empowerment lies in becoming aware of them and from understanding that these birth imprints are always available to be revised, renegotiated and healed. In a moment...
  11. Baby
    Recently a story about Baby Boxes given to new moms in Finland hit the news and struck a chord. The concept of one box packed full of everything a new mama needs for herself and baby is a great one and we wondered - what would Mothering mamas put in such a box? What would really be useful to a...
  12. Pregnancy & Birth
    My first birth didn't feel very empowered. My OB seemed distinctly uninterested in having an empowered birthing patient. I felt meek and under his power. I evolved, my power grew, I switched OBs, and by Baby #2, I had what felt like a very empowered birth. Details in a moment.   When a baby is...
  13. Pregnancy & Birth
      I consider myself a natural birth advocate. I believe women have a right to choices in their care and in their birth. The phrase, "All that matters is a healthy baby," is one that I find sadly dismissive of the experience of the mother. I am often reminded of the tragedy that ensues for...
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    This bizarre birthing device was actually patented on Nov 9, 1965. Was it ever actually put into use? It certainly wouldn't have been the first time a strange and disturbing device or practice was used in the delivery room to "help" women have their babies.Yikes.   Apparatus for Facilitating...
  15. Pregnancy & Birth
    by Sarah Clark     When women mention their plans for a natural birth, they are bound to hear a wide variety of responses. "Oh, just you wait! You will be begging for that epidural!" "Well, I don't know why you would want that. I loved my c-section." "Hmm... we'll see what you say when you...
  16. Pregnancy & Birth
    When I was pregnant with our daughter, I took prenatal yoga with the renowned Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa. Gurmukh's wisdom encircled and empowered me through my pregnancy, and nourished me through the tender postpartum period - inviting us to engage an ancient wisdom prescription: cocoon at home for...
  17. Pregnancy & Birth
    By Brian Leaf   Hello Mothering Community,   In these posts, I usually relate humorous conversations that I've had with my boys about peeing in public or why I have pubic hair.   But today, I need your advice and wisdom.   On my lunch break, I bumped into a friend. He told me...
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    Thousands of years ago the Chinese developed a calendar to predict a baby's sex. It was supposedly discovered buried in a royal tomb about 700 years ago and is said to be over 90% accurate when used correctly. Of course, this is really just for fun - but we would love to hear from you (and we...
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    About The Heart in the Womb: An Exploration into the Roots of Human Love and Social Cohesion Modern-day life and our highly stressed, "risk-averse" society has led to a medicalised, fearful model of childbirth, one that has stripped the process of its wondrous magic. In this groundbreaking...
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    By Megan Leary     Out of all of my hippie ways, I surprisingly get the fewest inquiries as to why I decided to birth from home. My theory is that people have already decided that homebirth is a bad thing and do not want to broach the topic in order to avoid awkwardness. However, if you...
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