Have you ever been envious of someone? Envious of someone’s success, confidence, intelligence? I am sure we all have at some point. A strange thing has happened to me lately. I have birth envy. Not the kind of birth envy that comes about because my own birth lacked something. I envy women in labour. Imagine…
My mental place, my dream birth. This is where I go, when in labour, and relaxing with music through my contractions. I always envision myself in a field of green grass. The sky is a pale blue, and there are a few wispy clouds painted onto the blue canvas of a sky. It is an…
Pre-Conception 1. Start eating well, sleeping well and get exercise! 2. Eliminate stress as best as you can. Take time for yourself. 3. Learn about Natural Family Planning (Must Read: Taking Charge of Your Fertility) 4. Start to chart and keep track of your cycles. This information will be invaluable when you get pregnant, or…
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Watch the birth movie and please pass it on. The change begins with you:
I came across a blog post the other day on a site called “The Truth About Traumatic Birth.” This particular post, which I thought was very well-written, talked about the damaging effects that certain “birth quotes” have on women recovering from traumatic births. The quote in question was this:
“We have a secret in our culture, and it’s not that birth is painful. It’s that women are strong.” (Laura Stavoe Harm)
The criticism of this quote was that women who have had traumatic births are going to feel undermined and defeated by it. A woman who has had a difficult birth will read the quote and think she either missed what the “secret” was, or that she is for some reason, not strong.
This week I am in Chesapeake, Virginia, with my sister, at her home–along with her husband, her son and my son, we are anxiously awaiting the debut of her baby. Baby is literally due any day now, and if she/he chooses to come soon, she/he will have a beautiful homebirth nestled in a pretty decent snowstorm. Quite the change from Sedona–I am rather enjoying it and super excited to greet my new niece or nephew. Tonight is the full moon-come on, baby!
I came across this video and cried watching it. As far as the video and c-section rates go, I couldn’t say it better than midwife Gloria Lemay (who sent this video with the excerpted email):
Picture this- you’re about 38 or 39 weeks pregnant, excitedly awaiting your first labor and birth, all of which will take place safely at home. Chances are you wake up every day, wondering if today or tomorrow will be the day you meet your baby. Here are some myths and truths about determining when that day will arrive. Above all, remember to cherish those last few weeks and days, and rest assured that your baby will be born when he is ready.
*Losing your mucus plug
What’s the best way to prepare for giving birth? Especially if you’ve never done it before?
Some would take the more external approach, pointing in the direction of childbirth education classes, specific books or in taking a hospital tour. But when you have not experienced birth (and even if you have), the best way to prepare is very inward.
The most obvious “inward” way to prepare your body is to get it ready by practicing optimal nutrition during pregnancy. Everything that goes into your body has the potential to help or harm your baby, and like an athlete preparing for a race, what you put into your body does affect how it will behave during labor.