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  1. 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...
  2. Pregnancy & Birth
    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...
  3. Pregnancy & Birth
    Birth Day is a momentous day in the life of a family. Even if the details of the birth become fuzzy over time, I will always remember certain things about the births of my two children. I can't remember exactly how my contractions felt or how long I might have spent in the jacuzzi. I can't...
  4. 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...
  5. 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 both...
  6. Pregnancy & Birth
    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 the...
  7. 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...
  8. 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 that his wife is...
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