Birth Without Fear

The Healing Home Birth of Baby Lucas

October 17, 2014

The birth of my first son was in a hospital. I like to say nothing traumatic happened to me to make me question the way I gave birth and to seek out other options, better options, but I feel now that I was in denial. I cried for weeks after his birth feeling guilty for […]

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Jyn’s 8th Baby {Hospital Waterbirth}

October 17, 2014

I have been pregnant every year since 1998 with the exception of 2004. We lost 2 in that time, but I have effectively been either pregnant and/or nursing for the past 14 years. Just because you have been pregnant and have birthed a lot does not mean the next one will be easier. Your body […]

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A Mother Will Overcome {I Am Strong}

October 16, 2014

A short and sweet story of a teenage mother, or just a mother, this is Jada’s story: I am strong because I found out I was pregnant at 17, two months into a relationship, and decided then to keep the baby. I am strong because I decided to end the relationship, because I wasn’t happy […]

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Healing Hospital VBAC Picture

October 16, 2014

I just recently had my daughter (almost 3 weeks ago) and I’ve had several ladies tell me I should share this photo from my birth… so here it is! We had a beautiful, wonderful, healing VBAC in a hospital and this picture says everything. The support that I had from my doctor, my nurses, my […]

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Mothering the Mother, Part III: Postpartum Plan {now, with kittens}

October 15, 2014

I wrote this post just after getting back from the inaugural Birth Without Fear conference almost a year ago. The dust had settled, baby E was back on her (haywire, semi-self-directed) routine, and I had finally stopped wearing my lanyard. I took a few minutes to reflect on my experience and gloat over my new […]

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10 Tips to Plan a Blessingway

October 14, 2014

A Blessingway is a sacred pre-birth ceremony that has traditionally been performed by Navajo people, and celebrates a woman’s rite of passage into motherhood. Today, a gathering known as a ‘Mother Blessing’ is gaining popularity in North America. Unlike a traditional baby shower where the focus is on gifts, a Mother Blessing puts the focus […]

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Special Needs Baby: Our Tracheostomy Journey {I am Strong}

October 14, 2014

I am strong! I am strong because I got pregnant right after getting married. I am strong because with my first child I was put on bed rest at 17 weeks because of pre-term labor. I am strong because despite going into preterm labor at 17 weeks I gave birth at 41 weeks. I am […]

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Homebirth Filled with Patience and Love {Water Birth & Cord Burning}

October 10, 2014

On Friday, April 18th, your daddy, sister, and I were leaving the house for dinner.  I had just stepped outside when I felt a small gush. I joked with your dad that maybe my water was leaking. We went about our evening and had a lovely dinner and then went for a short walk. As […]

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My Healing Hospital VBAC

October 9, 2014

To tell Mel’s birth story, I have to say a few words about Katherine’s and Laeney’s birth stories. Laeney’s birth was a hospital induction. At my final ultrasound, my doctor told me my placenta was failing and she was losing weight in the womb. They told me she would only be 4 lbs and might […]

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Generations of Support {Birth Without Fear}

October 8, 2014

Three generations of women gathered around to welcome the fourth. A mother’s strength. Welcome to the world little lady. Family. Midwife is Michelle with Lavender Moon Midwifery  based out of San Diego, CA. You can follow Lavender Moon Midwifery on Facebook. Photography by Catie Stephens of Vuefinder Photography in San Diego, CA. You can follow them on Facebook here.

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