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If you have been following the AMA resolution regarding homebirth, you simply must read this well written, eloquent and very useful article written by Navelgazingmidwife. It includes 11 steps that hospitals, labor and delivery nurses and obstetricians can take to keep women from running to homebirth by making the hospital birth experience more human. Even [...]
“She Births: A Modern Woman’s Guidebook for an Ancient Rite of Passage” by Marcie Macari explores the Spiritual side of childbirth that is often overlooked or missing entirely in modern medically managed childbirths. Macari makes an excellent argument for all women to explore within to find their Divine Feminine and take that to their pregnancy [...]
Many unassisted and midwife assisted homebirths are preceded by a traumatic hospital birth. First time moms are often more naive, innocent and trusting of the “system”. They come out of the hospital traumatized from a violent birth that either blasted their baby from their body with chemicals or sliced their baby from their womb. Other [...]
I don’t normally care for childbirth videos that are taken from between mom’s legs while she is lying down. For one thing, it cements the idea in the viewer’s head that this is an appropriate position for childbirth, when it is actually the worst. Secondly, it is normally demeaning, degrading and objectifying to women as [...]
Until yesterday, I had never heard the term Birthrape although I knew all too well what it was. I ran across a homebirth study being done by a “PhD candidate in American Studies at the University of Iowa, investigating current home birth cultures, with a strong focus on unassisted birth”. One of the sections of [...]
by Sita Payne Romero, LMT, CD A doula is a labor support professional who can assist you when going through childbirth. Traditionally, women were always attended by other experienced women to help them get through this difficult life transition. In the modern day hospital setting, women are generally unattended until it is time to actually [...]
Doulas are an absolutely wonderful addition to the modern, medical birthing environment. They are proven to reduce a number of unnecessary interventions, including cesarean. They offer emotional support and in many instances, doulas will gently remind a woman who is being coerced into unnecessary procedures about her original intentions and birth plan. Doctors (and CNMs) [...]