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  1. Green Goods
    Sometimes, criticism of a traumatic birth story leaves you ashamed, small, and very alone. In a world connected through social media, mama-shaming seems to run wild. Mothers who have very different stances on parenting choices can be vocal enough that they leave some mothers feeling ashamed of...
  2. Green Goods
    Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) is real, and more and more mothers are coming out sharing their stories. Many of these stories come from birth traumas. Here are some things to consider if you think you might suffer from birth trauma PTSD. There is no question I suffer from birth trauma...
  3. 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...
  4. Pregnancy & Birth
    Toni Botas became a doula after her own traumatic birth experience. In the minutes after the birth of her first baby, Botas nearly died. The trauma of that experience shaped the rest of her life. "What happened in the span of 10 minutes following my birth has taken me YEARS to mentally and...
  5. Pregnancy & Birth
    Sometimes women perceive their births as traumatic because of obstetric emergencies or physical injuries, but traumatic birth is frequently caused by how moms were treated by their providers during labor and childbirth. Upon returning home from the hospital after the birth of my fourth child, I...
  6. 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...
  7. Baby
    Giving birth often comes with few complications and interventions, making it a blissful memory for many moms. But for some, it can be traumatic, and lead to Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Before my first son was born, I remember creating my 'birth plan.' After 13 years of infertility...
  8. Green Goods
    Among the top reasons women struggle with breastfeeding is a low milk supply. For many women, their supply troubles begin very early and never quite recover. There are many different factors that can contribute to a low milk supply, and one of the most influential is childbirth - specifically...
  9. Baby
    By the time my second son was six months old, I'd penned his birth story and shared it, along with gorgeous professional birth pictures. It was an amazing, empowering birth and easy to talk about. Writing my first son's birth story was much harder. I dreaded birth-related conversations. If I...
  10. 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...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. 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...
  14. Family Life
    I had an epidural with my first birth. I hadn't taken any natural birthing classes, and I was simply unprepared for what was about to happen. In the end, it worked out well for me. I was induced early in the evening, and later in the evening, they told me I was three centimeters dilated and...
  15. Pregnancy & Birth
    By Shannon K. Valenzuela, LCCE I always tell my students that birth is 90% mental. I don't know if they entirely believe me, but after having six babies of my own, I'm convinced that this is true. You don't have to be a marathon runner or in peak physical shape to give birth, but if you're...
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