After my first miscarriage, I didn’t do much beyond reading the relevant chapters in my midwifery textbooks, and doing a semi-unreasonable about of internet research, but ultimately I came to a place where I was ok with believing it was most likely a fluke, and that next time would work out. After I was through…
Sarah Buckley’s book, Gentle Birth Gentle Mothering, is the most comprehensive, holistically minded, and scientifically sound book on pregnancy, birth and early parenting that I have read so far. Part 1 of the book is focused on gentle birth, the hormones of pregnancy, birth and mothering, and the best ways to keep those hormones from…
Below is my review of the Ergo baby carrier (ERGObaby carrier)… Enter the Ergo baby carrier. I wonder constantly why I didn’t happen upon this one sooner–but I don’t mind in a way, because I can fully appreciate it in all it’s wonderful-ness very fully, right now! I’ve seen the Ergo baby carrier in action–several…
The infertility industry is a billion dollar business. With single IVF cycles costing upwards of $12,000, it’s a HUGE profit making enterprise. So what if there was a way for women who need help getting pregnant… to do it without drugs, IVF, IUI or surgery? What if there was a way to overcome infertility and…
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!
On Sunday November 4 2007, I hosted a public screening of Ricki Lake’s homebirth movie, The Business of Being Born.
We had a great turn out and some great discussion about the issues that this movie brings into the spotlight.
According to Wikipedia, a misconception “happens when a person believes in a concept that is objectively false”. This is the premise of Naomi Wolf’s Misconceptions: Truth, Lies and the Unexpected on the Journey to Motherhood. Wolf brings to the surface many relevant points about how “backwards” we are here in America when it comes to birthing and raising our children.
About 7 months ago, I was wandering through a used bookstore when a book literally jumped off the shelf at me: Primal Mothering In a Modern World, by Hygeia Halfmoon. The front cover has a picture of a beautiful family. The mother is topless and breastfeeding her youngest child. I knew that the book was made for me. I bought it without even reading the back cover.
When I got the book home, I was delighted to find that the book was written by a raw foodist, a fruitarian to be exact. Being a raw foodist myself, I was expecting to read a book about raising a raw family. Little did I know I was in for so much more.
What is pregnancy and birth really about?
The answer depends on what culture one is in, what the circumstances are, and who you ask.
Today, in the U.S., I am not quite sure we have kept our connection to the sacred, primal, usually simple process that is being pregnant and giving birth. Mainstream America doesn’t value a mom’s intuition in the process, encourage her to relish each and every moment of her empowerment as a (pregnant) woman. “Rite of passage” is an un-politically correct concept, because women should be able to come by a baby by many means, and pregnancy is no longer considered a special and exalted space.
Never have I read a book about birth with which I so closely identify. I need to tell every woman I meet about this book, and I am already considering making it a “required read” for my homebirth clients.