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  1. November 2021 Due Date Club
    Hi, I'm 7 months pregnant and due on November 4 2021 and I'm planning to have the baby in Costa Rica. I was hoping to find a Midwife or birthing center near me for a natural birth. I'm living near Turrialba Costa Rica. Please help!
  2. Baby
    Courtney Alva, doula, doesn't leave moms side. Courtney is a doula in the Houston, TX area. (Photo credit: Bump 2 Baby Birth Photography) When I first started teaching natural birth classes, years ago, I rarely mentioned doulas in my class. I personally had never had a doula at any of my births...
  3. Family Life
    I have been so lucky to live in a country where I have been able to engage the support of one midwife for all of my care throughout pregnancy, birth, and beyond. You were there with me, beside me, for the births of three of my children. Tears spring to my eyes as I remember those births: the...
  4. Birth Stories
    Hi Everyone, I finally wrote my second son's birth story . . . it took a while for me to process the emotions around it. I am thinking about submitting it to a magazine or other publication. I would love some feedback from the group. I have published other articles - mostly for work (business...
  5. Other
    Imagine your first memories as a child are clouded in violence, fear, and instability. The person who was tasked with keeping you safe, who you loved unconditionally, was also the person with whom you shared your first high. You embarked on a decade-long battle with addiction, which began...
  6. Opinion
    Our Village (Homeschool Co-op, 2013-2014) I am by nature a private person. I do not quickly or easily invite into my personal life the people around me. Given the choice, I would keep most of the world at arm's length. In another era, I would be the crone who lived in a tiny, tidy hut at the...
  7. Baby
    Dear Beth, Thank you for attending the birth of my baby. Thank you for your support. Thank you for your wisdom and knowledge. Thank you for providing me with evidence-based care. Thank you for taking an hour at every appointment to talk to me about how I was feeling, if I had any concerns...
  8. Other
    It's National Midwifery Week! And I feel so lucky to have found wonderful care with practices of CNMs in two different states. Midwives have delivered my two children, have counseled me through miscarriages, have overseen two healthy pregnancies, have discussed my birth control options, have...
  9. Baby
    I read a book recently specifically directed to women who want a natural birth, but for whatever reason, don't want (or can't have) a home birth. There is this fallacy out there that to have a natural birth you must be outside of the hospital. I hate this, and not just because my first birth...
  10. North/South Dakota, Montana, Wyoming
    I am currently 10 weeks pregnant and hopeful for my first full term/healthy pregnancy. I want to let my body go through the process of labor as natural as possible. I've tried doing research to find available midwives and doulas in North Dakota (more specifically the Jamestown/Fargo) area and...
  11. 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...
  12. 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...
  13. Pregnancy & Birth
    By Jessica WIlliams for kidsinthehouse.com Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein made a big impact with The Business of Being Born. We were fortunate enough to interview Ricki Lake for KidsintheHouse.com and she discussed single parenting, home birth and her follow up documentary, More Business of Being...
  14. Pregnancy & Birth
    One of the wonderful things that my passion for natural birth has brought into my life is the chance to meet women from all over the country who otherwise I would never know. I always come across women who are re-shaping and improving the birthing climate here in America and around the world...
  15. Pregnancy & Birth
      Sara Lamm shares her thoughts on creativity   After I watched the documentary Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives, I felt inspired and grateful. I also felt curious about just how Ina May and the other farm midwives who were mothers did their work while mothering and how the...
  16. Pregnancy & Birth
    D.C. birth activists rally in front of U.S. Capitol In more than 170 cities in the U.S. Japan, Australia and Canada, birth activists held Labor Day rallies to advocate for "evidenced-based care for all moms and babies." Organized by volunteers on behalf of ImprovingBirth.org, more than 12,000...
  17. Pregnancy & Birth
    What Made YOU Care About Birth? As mothers changed by birth, it is natural to want to reach other people and help them have a wonderful birth experience. But before we get too riled up, I think it is important to think back to what finally got our own attention and caused us to really care...
  18. Women's Health
    <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica, sans-serif;font-size:12.727272033691406px;line-height:normal;background-color:rgb(253,252,250);">If you could ask a Midwife and Naturopathic Physician a question, what would it be?</span></p> <p> </p> <p><span style="font-family:arial, helvetica...
  19. Pregnancy & Birth
    Talk about your birth plans in our Birthing forums!   Just out from the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC):   As health care costs and the rate of cesarean births for expectant mothers have escalated over the past two decades in the United States, a new study released today shows...
  20. Pregnancy & Birth
    May 03, 2011 by Geradine Simkins President, and Interim Executive Director, Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA)   This article is excerpted with permission of editor, Geradine Simkins, from "Into These Hands: Wisdom from Midwives." Published by Spirituality & Health Books, April 2011.  ...
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