Natural Childbirth

My vagina shouldn’t be ACOG’s politcal pawn

January 25, 2011

My friend went to a local obstetrician and asked him to be her backup doctor for her planned home birth. He said he would not, then suggested she bring her husband in so they could all discuss the wisdom of having a home birth. True story, and you can read about it here. If this […]

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Home Birth vs Hospital Birth isn’t about location

January 18, 2011

“Isn’t the obvious answer somewhere in the middle — … that [birth] should happen in a homelike environment within a hospital?” ~Lisa Belkin, Motherlode **headdesk** Saying the middle ground of the home birth/hospital birth debate is a “homelike environment within a hospital” is like saying the middle ground of the feminist debate is for all […]

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Why I’m a Midwife Groupie

January 14, 2011

To me, midwives are rock stars. In my community in Eastern California, I know most of them, and I think they’re super-cool. What they do absolutely amazes me, and I totally act like a groupie when I’m around them. I even take road trips to see them. In December I attended the California Medical Board’s […]

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Reclaiming Birth

December 11, 2010

After I gave birth to my second son, I lost a lot of blood. I don’t remember the numbers now, but my midwife used exact figures when she talked to me. She told me how much blood I had lost. She told me how much blood loss was considered normal, and how much was considered […]

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Telling Stories

November 21, 2010

I love stories. I love to tell them, I love to listen to them, and I love to share them. Stories are what connect us in the human experience and help us to understand the world around us. They provide a filter through other’s experiences so we aren’t isolated in our own. They give context […]

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Rebekah’s Birth Stories, Part Three

November 19, 2010

This the third and last part of Rebekah’s birth stories. She had all three of her children by c-section, and reflects on her experiences, both good and bad. You can read parts one and two here and here. In recovery I was shaking so badly I couldn’t hold my son. I was scared I would […]

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Rebekah’s Birth Stories, Part Two

November 17, 2010

This the second part of Rebekah’s birth stories. She had all three of her children by c-section, and reflects on her experiences, both good and bad. You can read the first part here. At 37 weeks in my pregnancy, people told me they could see my belly before I turned a corner. I was HUGE […]

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Rebekah’s Birth Stories, Part One

November 17, 2010

This the first part of Rebekah’s birth stories. She had all three of her children by c-section, and reflects on her experiences, both good and bad. I have to start by saying despite my emotional response to my childbirth experiences, I can’t label it horrible. Or a horror— because it was something I had to […]

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The “Baby Story” Effect

September 30, 2010

We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong. ~Laura Stavoe Harm This morning at a playdate my friend and I talked about “A Baby Story”, the TLC/Discovery reality show about childbirth. Like the rest of our hippie/crunchy/natural birthing friends, we can’t watch it without […]

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Risk-Assessing Home Birth

September 8, 2010

This picture is my kiddos and me, a few minutes after I gave birth to my second son. We are sitting on my couch in my living room, and you can see the baby is still covered in vernix. He’s laying naked on my bare chest, where he’s been since my husband caught him, pulled […]

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