From Homebirth to Hospital: This is my story.

On 23 June 2013 , tags: birth, health, mothering, pregnancy 1 Comments

I believe that our bodies were created to birth our babies. I believe in empowering women to make their own choices about their bodies, their birth and their babies. I believe that birth is safe outside of the hospital for healthy, low risk women. (my first son was born at home.) But, most of all, I believe in the health, ...

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Top Five Reasons You Need a Childbirth Class

On 22 April 2013 , tags: birth, pregnancy 0 Comments

Are you pregnant and trying to decide if you'll take a childbirth class? Educating yourself is an excellent way to prepare for a healthy pregnancy, an amazing birth and a healthy new baby. Top Five Reasons YOU Need a Childbirth Class 1. Knowledge is Power. Classes can help mothers and fathers truly understand what to expect during pregnancy, how to confidently prepare for ...

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Protect Your Pregnancy and Birth

On 04 March 2013 , tags: birth, mothering, pregnancy 1 Comments

Several years ago I began to truly understand the mind, body connection. When I delved into the world of birth and even had my first child, the importance of that connection became very clear. I've also seen some very quick births happen after I've had a mother come for an acupressure session where I encourage her to take note of ...

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Your Body is Not a Lemon

On 25 July 2012 , tags: birth, breastfeeding, mothering, pregnancy 0 Comments

I must say, I just recently just discovered what in the world Ina May Gaskin's famous saying, "Your body is not a lemon", really means. Sitting around talking with all my birthy friends at a dinner table right next to Ina May herself, no doubt, I got the answer. Turns out I was WAY OFF! A lemon is a car, often new, ...

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Homebirth and Breast Cancer

On 13 April 2012 , tags: birth, health 2 Comments

Homebirth and cancer. Kind of an odd combo, huh? I know what you are thinking. What do those two even have in common? Well, I'll tell ya. F.E.A.R. On November 10, 2011 my mom - my dear friend and confidant - told me she had breast cancer. My mother, who had breastfed five babies for a total of nearly seven years, ...

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Birth Boot Camp...what?!

On 26 March 2012 , tags: birth, mothering 0 Comments

I've been MIA for a few months, sorry. Perhaps you will understand once you read this post. I am so excited to share some great news! My mother had five natural births. I was her firstborn. I think the minute I found out that I was born frank breech with the use of forceps and no pain medication, I knew ...

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Are you brave or intuitive?

On 01 May 2011 , tags: birth, mothering 0 Comments

If I were any "braver" I would morph into a superhuman, well that is what some people think anyway. "Brave" to birth naturally at home. "Brave" to breastfeed and co-sleep with my baby. "Brave" to do baby led weaning. I don't consider myself "brave", but intuitive. No one told me I had to do all of those things. I didn't allow books or ...

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The vaginal birth that never was.

On 28 April 2011 , tags: birth 0 Comments

I don't personally know her, never even met her actually. Her husband has connections with my husband and last fall I found out she was pregnant.  This was their first baby so I excitedly sent over my books and a copy of the birth network resource guide. You know, all the things you need to plan for a safe ...

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Was your birth experience good or bad?

On 21 April 2011 , tags: birth 3 Comments

What defines "good" and "bad" anyway? Society, friends, family, and our inner mother sometimes tell us that if A, B, and C happen, then it was a "good" birth . But, if X, Y, and Z happen then it is "bad". The idea of having certain expectations for a"good" birth is a bit foreign to me. Birth is so unpredictable. Birth cannot be put into a box. "Good" is ...

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A post pregnancy workout plan

On 18 April 2011 , tags: birth 0 Comments

For some of us, like me, working out doesn't seem to nicely fit into my schedule with a little one. Probably because mentally I sort of dread what it might feel like to plunk along on an elliptical or go for a jog aroung the block. Yesterday I stepped on the scale for the first time in five months. I am ...

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