Birth Without Fear

Reality of Breastfeeding…Where are the Rainbows?

September 2, 2016

Let’s talk about breastfeeding for a moment. While it would be wonderful if all babies magically nursed perfectly, well…they don’t. Similar to pregnancy, birth, and motherhood…. breastfeeding is another life lesson that can push us to our limits. It’s a *journey* all of its own. Out of six children, I have nursed four. I’ve also […]

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From Braxton Hicks to Immediate Transition: Backseat Car Birth of Kenan John!

September 1, 2016

On Wednesday, January 27th at 2:30 pm I went to my birthing center for my weekly checkup. With me being 38 weeks and 4 days and having had consistent Braxton Hicks for the past couple weeks, my midwife decided to check me. She said I was at a 1 and my cervix was completely soft. […]

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Being a Mama — With an Eating Disorder

August 31, 2016

(Editor’s Note: This is a guest post by Judy Tsuei of Meditations for Mamas.) When I was 17, I developed an eating disorder though I didn’t quite know what was happening. What I did know was that my home life was increasingly chaotic and my sensitive nature couldn’t handle it. Somehow, my brain found a […]

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33 Things You ALWAYS Want to Say to (or Do for) a Pregnant Woman

August 30, 2016

There are plenty of things you never want to say to a pregnant mama (not unless you want to risk a throat punch). However, what about things you DO want to say to a pregnant mama? Here is a list of safe comments you are allowed to make to a pregnant mama. Please read carefully. […]

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Breastfed Babies are Better, Nursing a 3 Year Old is Gross, And Other Bullshit

August 25, 2016

When my oldest was a year old, a friend told me that my baby and I couldn’t be as bonded as her and her baby because we bottlefed and she breastfed. I wasn’t necessarily offended, as I was confused. I had a very deep bond with my baby and was madly in love her, so […]

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Ordinary is Amazing, Even in Motherhood

August 24, 2016

Motherhood is beautiful, worth it, amazing, the most joy you’ll ever know, and the most important work you’ll ever do. Isn’t that cliche? Yet it’s 100% true. It’s also hard. Really fucking hard. Some days you nail it. Meet all your expectations. Even the hardest ones. Perfect non-GMO all organic meals served in BPA-free bento […]

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Overcoming Triploidy, Hodgkin’s Lymphoma, & Chemo for a Natural Childbirth

August 23, 2016

My second pregnancy was anything but ‘normal.’ Unlike my first pregnancy, conceiving our second baby took several months – eight to be exact. But much like my first, I had planned on delivering via natural birth at a birthing center. My husband and I had a wonderful experience with our first daughter delivering naturally, and […]

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Positive Support for Pregnant Mamas with Breech Babies

August 23, 2016

I have written before how a breech baby is another variation of normal. Having a breech presentation does not mean you automatically need to schedule a c-section. Remember, our babies are wise and know just how they need to be for birth. Most of the time, babies will turn, even late in pregnancy and labor!!!  […]

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The Tree of Life aka the Naked Placenta

August 22, 2016

I was once banned from posting on the Birth Without Fear Facebook page and personally on Facebook for the placenta picture below. I was also warned that next time, pages and profiles might be deleted. There is nothing stating in any Facebook policies that organs are violating any rules. We all know there are many obscene pictures that do violate policies […]

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