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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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Do I Need a Doula?

Personally, giving birth without a doula present is not something that I would consider lightly.  The word doula comes from Greek meaning “a woman who serves” or “female servant”.  During both of my pregnancies, I planned to have experienced women to attend … Continue reading

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Supporting Homebirth and Birth Center Midwifery Care for Rural Kentucky Women

Last week the Kentucky state legislature passed Senate Bill 110 which will allow optometrists to perform some basic laser surgery procedures that have generally been limited to opthalmologists.  The bill is aimed at improving the possibilities of eye care in rural … Continue reading

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There’s More than Choice Involved When it Comes to Breastfeeding

I love parenting newborns, and if there is any one thing I miss most about not having a newborn in the house anymore – it is breastfeeding.  Breastfeeding was a very satisfying experience for me, despite the difficulty I had … Continue reading

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The Ultrasound Revealed My Baby is Big – What Now?

If I sympathize with any aspect of late pregnancy most, it is hearing the news that your baby is “big” or “too big”.  Our family grows big babies.  I was born a bit over 9lbs. (my mother’s first child) and … Continue reading

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A Mother’s Intuition

If you are already a mother you have undoubtedly experienced those times in which you “just knew” something was either the right or wrong choice for your child.  Or perhaps you expected something to happen just as it did long … Continue reading

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The Pain of Labor (Childbirth)

It is no secret that the word best describing the experience most women have during the hard work of labor is “pain”.  Many of the media portrayals of childbirth, as with quite a few of the stories we hear from others, show … Continue reading

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The Closing of a Historic Tradition – Mary Breckinridge Hospital Maternity Ward

September 23, 2010 is the official closing date of the Mary Breckinridge Hospital’s maternity ward in Hyden, Kentucky.  Current patients will have to seek prenatal care elsewhere and birth in another facility.  The closing of a hospital’s maternity ward holds … Continue reading

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Epidurals for Pain Relief in Labor

It is very common in the birthing culture of the United States for a large amount of women to choose epidural anesthesia as the primary form of pain relief in normal labor and birth.  The Listening to Mothers Survey II reports … Continue reading

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More on Homebirth and the New Meta-Analysis

There is still quite a bit of discussion online and in the media about the new meta-analysis I mentioned in my previous post.  It seems that birth had become political in many ways.  It has been categorized as either feminist/anti-feminist, … Continue reading

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