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    There are countless lists of what you need for your birth and in your birth bag. You can find a ton of different options on the internet and on Pinterest. You might spend your third trimester days on Amazon looking up postpartum essentials like a peri-bottle to spritz your "down-there" after...
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    The decision to circumcise your son is a personal one, and one that's no longer 'the' thing to do just because you have a baby boy. More and more mamas are choosing to keep their sons intact, and more medical professionals have opinions about it as well. What does one pediatric urologist think...
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    Did you know that women who experience cesarean birth (c-section) are less likely to have another baby? Cesarean sections impact far more than the birth experience- they impact fertility too. This post first appeared on the Mama Birth Blog. I talked to not one but two women this week who...
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    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...
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    Michel Odent's conference on Birth & Primal Health Research gave data was clear that we humans are losing the capacity to give birth! How can that be? It is pure evolution in action: when we do not use certain functions of our physiology, the "message" to our always-changing body-mind system --...
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    When a new little one is about to come into your family, the adjustment can be difficult for the new big siblings. There's a lot of information out there about how to help your children adjust to a new baby once the baby is home, but there's not a tremendous amount of information specifically...
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    In the first few raw days after giving birth to her seventh child, Arianna Alloway noticed that her own interpretation of her birth story felt muddled and confusing. Navigating these feelings led her to create a workbook designed to support anyone working through trauma or heaviness from a...
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    I was six months pregnant with my second child when I decided to switch my prenatal care to a home birth midwife. Having a home birth was a wonderful experience, but it came with a few surprises too. Here's what I liked about giving birth at home: 1. I felt in control and empowered. For both...
  9. Pregnancy & Birth
    Choosing a midwife or an OB can be a daunting task, but the right questions during the interview can help you find the support you want during pregnancy and labor. What tests do you require for your mothers? Doctors typically have a long list of prenatal tests they require of patients...
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    The placenta is pure magic to me. It was created for the sole purpose of bringing my children to life and then "died," a beautiful sacrifice, as they each took their first breath in this world. I thought I would start with a little anatomy lesson, after all, it's how the magic happens! During...
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    The Bradley Method for natural childbirth prepares expecting mothers (and their coaches) for childbirth through education, breathing, relaxation, nutrition, and exercise. When I became pregnant with my first son, I honestly had no clue what to expect from childbirth. I had seen extremely...
  12. Pregnancy & Birth
    The ideal birth partner is someone who is 100% behind your plans and wishes for childbirth. For me, that someone was my husband. I feel incredibly lucky that my husband was a rockstar birth partner and took a tremendous interest in the details surrounding our sons' births. From planning an...
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    Ultrasound technology became a standard of care for pregnancy by the late 1970s. It is now estimated that nearly 70% of pregnant women in the United States receive at least one ultrasound scan. In recent years, many have questioned whether or not this routine procedure is always helpful or may...
  14. Pregnancy & Birth
    For many mamas, a birth plan is a way to feel prepared for one of the most important events of our lives. Whether it's your first baby or your sixth, it is always helpful to have the wisdom of other mamas to guide you. So we asked our knowledgeable Facebook community members to share the most...
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    Disclaimer: This is a satirical piece. Please keep that in mind when reading and sharing. It is not intended to insult, but rather to provide some perspective, and a bit of humor, on a very serious issue - safe, healthy and empowered birth. Getting ready for baby? Yay! Babies are great. The way...
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    As my son nears his second birthday and we have no plans to have another child, I am getting a bit nostalgic about his newborn days and all the joy and sisterhood that I felt around the time of his birth. After having two amazing and very different births, I've decided to start a podcast...
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    Natural birth is on the rise, and not just with us normies (that's what I assume we're called) but with celebrities too. Here are ten well-loved celebrities who talked about their natural births that I was pleasantly surprised to learn about. 1. American actress Stacy Keibler is the latest to...
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    The Karmanos Center for Natural Birth in Metro Detroit This post has been sponsored by Beaumont Health. Interest in natural birth is growing rapidly in the US, with more and more women and doctors recognizing the benefits of personalized labor support and minimal interventions for mom and...
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    This is a special excerpt from the new autobiography of internationally renowned childbirth educator and anthropologist Sheila Kitzinger, finished shortly before her death in April 2015. Find out more about the book at the bottom of this post. A common picture of childbirth in primitive life is...
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    I don't mean to be a buzz-kill, truly I don't. It's just that I made this pact with myself, on behalf of the wellbeing of mothers and babies: I decided a few years back to run this not-so-celebratory article every year on America's birthday, as long as our country continues to show up so poorly...
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