Category Archives: Birth Stories

Article for The Daily Yonder and Pregnancy Awareness Month

I wanted to take a moment to welcome in Pregnancy Awareness Month by sharing with you the article I wrote which appeared in The Daily Yonder last week.  I am very excited about the response it has generated.  There has … Continue reading

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Remembering My Second Birth Journey

Three years ago yesterday, at around 5pm, my water broke right after ordering dinner at a little restaurant called Karma Cafe.  It didn’t just spring a leek.  It released the flood.  I sloshed myself to the bathroom to check the … Continue reading

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Cesarean Awareness (Birthrights: The Risk of Choice)

AlJazeera English has created an excellent and concise documentary on the issue of the overuse of cesarean surgery in the United States.  I watched it last night after seeing it linked to The Unnecesarean’s Facebook page.  Today, I share it … Continue reading

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A VBAC Birth Story

This birth story shows a few important things to realize if you are planning a VBAC.  It is a beautiful story with a lot to teach us.  1) If possible, choose a care provider who fully supports VBAC and natural … Continue reading

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Birth is a Creative Process – Not a Surgical Procedure

-“Birth is a creative process, not a surgical procedure. I picture dancers on a stage. Once, doing a pirouette, a woman sustained a cervical fracture as result of a fall; she is not paralyzed. We try to make the stage … Continue reading

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Postpartum – What to Expect After Baby is in Your Arms

The instance when you first lay eyes on your baby’s face with any real clarity of moment is magnificent.  There is no other word for it.  This baby you felt inside you, growing, rolling, kicking, hiccuping, sleeping, is now in your … Continue reading

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My Body Wouldn’t/Won’t – Dilate

* Since this post still gets quite a number of visit 2 years after the original post.  I want to update also with a link to another resource and possible explanation to many of the questions posed here.  After reading … Continue reading

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Birth Story of the Week – Mama Sings in Labor

This is simply a beautiful example of a mother finding comfort in labor, naturally.  One key to being able to do this successfully is your environment.  If you are in an environment where you feel threatened, unsafe, unloved, disregarded, etc…, … Continue reading

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Fear of Childbirth – Part III

Overcoming Fear There is a secret in our culture, and it is not that childbirth is painful.  It’s that women are strong. -Lisa Stavoe Harm In this third post of my series on the Fear of Childbirth, I want to … Continue reading

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Fear of Childbirth – Part II

In the last post, we discussed possible reasons for our fear and anxieties of birth.  In this post, I hope to get more specific about how the experiences we have and the stories of others can impact birth.  Then, in … Continue reading

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