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    British Officials Come To Similar Conclusions As Canadian Researchers About Midwife-Assisted Births

British Officials Come To Similar Conclusions As Canadian Researchers About Midwife-Assisted Births

The New York Times editorial board issued a surprising opinion statement in support of midwife-assisted births and legislation that supported midwife-assisted births. The Times referenced strong research from the UK that reversed a decades-old stance on the critical importance of birthing in a hospital.

The fact that Britain’s National Institute for Health and Care Excellence pointed out that midwife-assisted home births are safer than hospital births for uncomplicated pregnancies will not come as a surprise to many in the Everything Birth community, especially since we discussed […]

Christian’s Birth Story

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I wish I could give every mother the gift of a beautiful birth like the one we had with Christian. It was everything I dreamed it would be . . . And more. I’m not going to censor very much about this story because some of the most intimate details are the ones that make it such a wonderful experience for me and that’s what I want to share.

Birth is Imminent

The morning of Thursday March 12th began with me waking at 6:45 […]

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What Does A Home Birth Look Like?

Most of us know what a hospital birth looks like. There is medical equipment strapped everywhere. Women generally keep the lights dim, except for the bright spotlight shining at the birth canal welcoming her baby ever so boldly from her warm dark sanctuary. There’s bleached white sheets, that don’t fool anyone for a second into thinking that hospital room is anywhere near safe from germs. There’s machines with beeps and lights and wires.

Chris and Krystal have been an amazing team since they first fell in love. They are both chiropractors in Goleta, CA. They supported each […]

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 […]

Barbara Katz Rothman.

What a surprise I had this morning when I opened my e-mail.  I had a reply from no other than Barbara Katz Rothman.  I am still buzzing from the excitement.

Recently I have been sending out requests for midwives,birth educators, and birth enthusiasts to answer some questions.  Today we are lucky to have a response from such an esteemed writer and educator.

What is your favorite waterbirth story?

I don’t have a favorite ‘waterbirth’ story — water can be lovely and restorative and helpful for labors, but I’ve seen too many people turn ‘waterbirth’ into a […]

Risked Out.

    A safe and healthy birth is what is most important to us here at Everything Birth.  We do encourage childbearing women to make informed choices and never compromise the health of herself or the baby she is carrying.
    Less than 2 percent of American women birth at home.  And when you ask most women why they want to birth in a hospital, the most stated reason is safety.  Although, there is no data supporting the fact that you are safer in the hospital as long as you are low risk, your homebirth is […]

Do Your Research.

I am not a sheep.  I do not just do things because everyone else is doing it.  I guess that is why when I got pregnant I needed to know everything I could learn about what I was going to experience.  After scouring through book after book, I realized that my best chance at having an intervention free birth was going to be at my home or a birth center.

If you have been reading this blog for a while you will know that my first birth did not wind up at home, but in […]

“There’s No Place Like Home” For Childbirth

    • A healthy pregnant woman should be birthing at home. I don’t understand the response “I just feel safer in the hospital”.  When your chances of a hospital cesarean are closing in on 35% in this country.  One of the highest cesarean rates of civilized countries.  The homebirth cesarean rate is lower than 2%.  What most people don’t realize is that midwives are trained professionals, and they have a more optimistic outlook on your birth.
  • My first pregnancy we chose to only see a midwife.  We did not see an OB until […]

Change in Plans.

My birth plan was thrown out the window as soon as we were risked out of home birth at 39 weeks.  I thought we had everything in place.  Even though we found out we were having twins when I was 37 weeks, our midwife assisted  home water birth was still the plan.  Until……I just never went into labor and the second ultrasound revealed twin b was breech and cord wrapped.  At 39 weeks and no signs of labor plus a heatwave we were having, we needed to make some decisions.

We were offered two choices. […]

How to Explain Homebirth to a Toddler.

Or anyone else that just does not get it.  Adults included.

If you have a toddler and you are planning a homebirth, look no further for a simple way to explain what is happening.  Kelly Mochel has written and illustrated a wonderful children’s book that explains everything.  The illustrations depict the anatomical realities of a woman giving birth and nursing her newborn.

We’re Having a Homebirth is all about explaining that homebirth is a natural process not a medical emergency.

In a societiy that makes it difficult to find real images of the birthing process.   […]