childbirth

Give Birth in your own Bed.

I am a homebirth advocate.  Women experiencing childbirth need to feel safe, wherever that is.  Women should have the right to choose where they feel most at ease.  The western medicalized birth mentality has drummed up powerful fears in childbearing women.   The majority of women have lost trust in their ability to give birth unmedicated.  Something we were built to do.

Advertising and the media play a huge role in our loss in faith.  It is a proven fact that if you tell someone over and over again that they are unable to achieve […]

Post-Birth Suprises!

There are a few things that no one ever told me about (or in my pregnant daze, I didn’t pay attention to) about those few days following the birth of a child. I don’t like being surprised, unless it’s with awesome things.

  • Labor is not over with the birth of your child. When your midwife or doctor mentions the part about delivering the placenta like it’s no big deal, listen carefully. I thought that something had gone wrong, because a few moments after I was done giving birth, I started having contractions again. It wasn’t […]

Transformation

I think this word describes the childbearing year best.  All of the changes we encounter as we first realize we are pregnant, our bodies morph into an incubator, and most importantly we evolve into Motherhood.   The emotions, and hormones, and realizations all seem to be parts of this wonderous maturity that I knew I would not feel complete until I experienced childbirth.  Even after my first birth ended in cesarean, I still had a strong pull to attempt natural delivery.  My body knew it needed to complete the cycle.  I needed to feel […]

The evil E

Episiotomy.  Nobody wants to tear down there.  Right?  An episiotomy is a surgical incision in the perineum (the area of skin between the vagina and the anus).  For many years, episiotomy was a routine childbirth technique thought to prevent more extensive tears and heal faster.  Actually, there is little evidence to support the routine use of this procedure.

I am sure most of you , just like me, want to avoid this procedure at all costs.  There are some things you can do to keep your perinium in tact.

Stretch it out:  Six weeks before your […]