Five Fun Things You Don’t Need, But Might Want For Your Homebirth
I’ve already blogged about Five things You Need For Your Unassisted Birth and while there aren’t many tangible items you actually need to give birth to a baby, there are a few things you might want to have. None of these are particularly costly. They can make having your baby at home that much more […]
Preemie Care: Mother’s Impact is Awesome
In the NICU, the primary value is high tech nursing. The preemie is the patient. His care is the priority. He is considered as independent of the mother when he leaves the womb. Mother often stands on the periphery as an outsider while the nurses take control and care for the baby. But, get this. […]
All Sorts of Things To Do With That Placenta After Birth
My partner and I took a long road trip to visit friends in the south of Chile last week. They live in the country surrounded by dairy farms and sprouting fields. We visited one of the farms to buy some of their great cheese and enjoyed the fields filled with pasturing cows. Apparently as part […]
Post-Birth Body Image: Celebrating Self Acceptance, Daring for Self-Love
Every woman comes to pregnancy with a body that is uniquely her own, and with a mind and personal history all her own. Some women come into pregnancy with a body that they love being in. Some begin with something a little less than love; maybe with a strong like for your legs, or another […]
What is a Blessingway Birth Ritual Celebration?
Not sure what a Blessingway is? Imagine being in your final weeks of pregnancy surrounded by the women you love – fellow moms, sisters, friends (I decided to have my two daughters attend mine). They are gathered to celebrate you and encourage you on your journey to motherhood. As opposed to a shower where the […]
Need a Positive Birthing Boost? Sing Out!
One of my favorite YouTube homebirth videos features a laboring woman singing. You can see on her face when she’s having contractions and it’s beautifully clear that her song is helping her work through the tension. I find this video wonderfully calming. It’s an affirmation in itself. The birth process can be full of faith, […]
10 Positive Affirmations for Homebirth and Unassisted Birth
Making the decision to have your baby at home isn’t as radical as it was 15 years ago but there will still be a few people who cock their heads and look at you like you’ve lost your mind. If you’ve ever seen a birth reenactment or portray on television, it’s not hard to understand […]
Pregnancy and the Nutrition of Our Experiences
When we are pregnant, it is easy to think of feeding our bodies a diet rich in clean, healthy foods. We try to avoid processed foods for the most part, instead choosing whole foods to keep our own bodies strong and healthy, and to keep our absorption and digestion functioning well. The quality of water, […]
Top Five Gentle Parenting Baby Shower Wish List
At sixteen weeks pregnant to date, I’m feeling my baby move a bit and getting a little more horizontal in the belly region. We’ve interviewed a great doula, are considering midwife-assisted vs. unassisted birth, and starting to talk about the stuff we might need before the baby arrives. In pondering baby shower registries and requests […]
Natural Birth With Multiples: Yes You Can Do It!
[youtube]cDteQp2mfuI[/youtube] When I found out I was pregnant with twins six years ago, my first emotion was happiness but the second was fear. How would I manage a natural birth and practice attachment parenting with two babies at once?! Having a natural birth with multiples is absolutely possible despite the lack of support from mainstream […]