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  1. Baby
    There is a myriad of postpartum traditions from every corner of the world. From ceremonies to special food, and from helpful family members to unique gifts, these are some of the special traditions that mothers and their loved ones experience around the world. In North America, we have our...
  2. Pregnancy & Birth
    Childbirth is often a pivotal time in a woman's development as a mother and person. For some, recalling their birth stories can be incredibly empowering. For others, the trauma of unresolved disappointment can leave deep emotional wounds that may never completely heal. I love to tell my birth...
  3. Pregnancy & Birth
    For the birth of her third child, Kathleen Fleury, a busy working mother from coastal Maine, decided to put hypnobirthing to the test. This is her story. For the birth of my third child, my birthing cave was decorated just as I had imagined: soft chiffon ribbons of fabric were draped across my...
  4. Pregnancy & Birth
    Birth is a transformative experience for new parents in many different ways. But, despite the many positive ways it can affect women and men, we hear less often about the negative experiences and, more importantly, their emotional fallout. I spoke to Olivia Scobie, a counsellor who specializes...
  5. Green Goods
    If you look through archives of art and sculptures depicting women in labor from centuries past, you will see women in upright positions. They are in their own private spaces, surrounded by female family and neighbors. By the time a woman gave birth, she had likely seen the births of some of...
  6. 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...
  7. Baby
    What is motherhood? When I think of motherhood, I think of birth. Maybe that isn't typical, but as a childbirth educator for the past six years and a mother of four young children, it is a natural enough thought for me. Though many think that birth is one of life's most painful events, I have...
  8. Pregnancy & Birth
    With every birth a mother is born. Whether it's your first or fifth birth, it is a transformative time, poignant and capable of creating personal revolutions. As soon as my husband, Chad, and I found out we were expecting a baby, I knew I was going to give birth at home. My experience giving...
  9. Toddler & Child
    "Were you in labor at this time five years ago?" my husband asked last week as we were cleaning up the kitchen after our early Passover dinner. "No, not yet. I didn't go into labor until 4am." April 14, 2009 - 4am I'm awakened by a puddle of warm liquid gathered around me. Although unlike...
  10. Pregnancy & Birth
    Photo courtesy of Birth Boot Camp   As we have entered into the age of social media and digital photography, there has begun a wellspring of gorgeous birth photography, readily shared and re-shared across the world through forums and websites and outlets. This new-found access to images of...
  11. Baby
    (Picture property of Birth Boot Camp, used with permission.) So you are having a baby. And you are stressed out. Because that baby has to come out of your body and everybody says it hurts and it will be AWFUL and, oh my goodness! You can't even sleep anymore. How are you supposed to...
  12. Pregnancy & Birth
    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...
  13. 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...
  14. 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...
  15. 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...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. Pregnancy & Birth
    I have no doubt that positive thinking and affirmations helped me achieve the two births I desired. They were med-free and very manageable, even enjoyable. My son was born in a birth center three years ago and we welcomed my daughter at home just two months ago. When I was pregnant with my...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...
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