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Four Ways Hypnobabies Helped Me Birth Naturally with Confidence

Wondering how to prepare for a natural birth, both physically and mentally? With so many natural childbirth classes available, it can be hard to figure out which one to take. I chose the Hypnobabies home-study course as my natural childbirth preparation course when I...

Paperback Version of My Natural Birth Book + Giveaway! Ends 11/6

Are you pregnant and wanting a natural birth? If you've never had a natural birth, you may have some common questions, such as: Is it worth it? Is it doable? How do I get through the pain? How do I prevent tearing? I’m scared since I don’t know what to expect. Can you...

Our Sweet Daughter Has Arrived!

Hello readers! Just wanted to take a moment (finally) to let you know that our little girl was born at home on September 8, 2011! Yes, it's taken me 6 weeks to get this announcement out to you; sorry about that! We are all happy, healthy, and only a little sleep...

Smart Way to Buy Maternity Clothes: Save Money and the Environment

For my readers who may not know, my husband and I are expecting baby number 2 in early September! Since this baby will be born in the exact opposite season as our first, I needed new maternity clothes: summer ones this time. Since two things I am very passionate about...

8 Ways Midwives Promote Safe Childbirth

As I wrote in my last article about the safety of midwife-attended childbirth, there was more information I wanted to share. This article will cover in a bit more depth the specific ways a midwife promotes safer childbirth, while contrasting the common obstetrical...

Demystifying Midwife-Supported Natural Childbirth Part 2: Safety

When I tell people that I birthed my son in a free standing birth center with a midwife attending, and that we will be birthing our second child at home with the same midwives, one of the first questions out of people's mouths is "What if something happens?". As I...

Natural Morning Sickness Remedies

It is estimated between 50-80 percent of pregnant women suffer from nausea and vomiting during pregnancy. Commonly called morning sickness, this nausea and vomiting can last all day long. Although I did not have any morning sickness during my pregnancy, before I was...

Baby Products: What to Get and What to Forget

Are you pregnant and trying to decide what baby products to buy? Or what baby gear to register for? With the plethora of baby "stuff" in stores these days, it can be overwhelming to determine what you need and what you can live without. We don't all have unlimited...

Premature Birth Report Card: U.S. Gets a ‘D’

Earlier this month, the March of Dimes released the first annual report card for preterm births and the results are shocking. Not a single state in the U.S. received an 'A', and only Vermont received a 'B'. In 2005, the U.S. preterm birth rate was 12.7% (the most...

The Rights of Childbearing Women

I recently came across a great resource for childbirth; the Childbirth Connection website. As I was writing an article on the evidence-based maternity care report that was issued in part by them, I looked at more areas of their website and was so excited by all that I...

Evidence-Based Maternity Care Report Released

Earlier this month a new report came out showing a more natural approach to childbirth can optimize infant health. The report, "Evidence-Based Maternity Care: What It Is and What It Can Achieve", is co-authored by Carol Sakala and Maureen P. Corry and issued...

Movie Review: The Business of Being Born

Because I am so passionate about natural childbirth, especially after having a wonderful natural birth at a birth center with a midwife attending, I was really excited to watch the documentary movie The Business of Being Born, by Executive Producer Ricki Lake and...

Fun Ways to Measure Pregnancy Belly Growth

I love documenting the fun and special times in my life. So when I was pregnant I was determined to find ways to remember my growing belly, and the precious life inside. I especially wanted ways that once the baby was born, would help me visualize exactly how big my...

How to Have a Natural Childbirth

Ten years ago if you would have told me that I would give birth to a baby without the use of an epidural (and in a birth center with a midwife attending, no less), I would have said you were crazy! But indeed, that's exactly how my son was born and I would do it again...

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