Hot Topics

In Pursuit of Perfection

March 6, 2014

Let me start this post by saying, “I’m a perfectionist.” Yep. I’m a perfectionist, always have been. And I am about to admit to you that I AM NOT PERFECT. I’m learning to live with it. Society in general is pretty obsessed with perfection. We want perfect bodies, perfect jobs, perfect houses, perfect lives. Messy […]

Share/Bookmark
Read the full article →

Maternal Death and the United States {Birth Without Fear}

February 20, 2014

Maternal Death – the death of a woman while pregnant or within 42 days of termination of pregnancy, irrespective of the duration and site of the pregnancy, from any cause related to or aggravated by the pregnancy or its management but not from accidental or incidental causes. (WHO) This is a subject no one really […]

Read the full article →

Why Mothers Measure In Months

February 15, 2014

So often, I see memes like this: And you know what, they bug me. A LOT. Normally these are posted by people who are not to the point of having children yet, which makes it even more annoying. Basically any mother will tell you that from one month to the next, our children learn and […]

Read the full article →

Prepping for Your Home Birth Without Fear {The Ultimate List}

January 28, 2014

One of the most common questions about homebirth from those considering it is, “What do you need?” While the list of supplies varies from midwife to midwife, there are some basic things that almost everyone is going to need to gather in preparation for the birth. There will also be things you will (probably) want […]

Read the full article →

VBAC: What ACOG Really Says {Birth Without Fear}

January 2, 2014

VBAC – Vaginal Birth After Cesarean. The term and action is wrought with political and emotional meaning in the birth world. Can  you have a VBAC? Does your doctor or hospital “allow” a VBAC? Under what conditions can you have a VBAC? Should it be called a TOLAC (trial of labor after cesarean)? What sort […]

Read the full article →

Breastfeeding Rights: On Being Asked to ‘Cover Up’ By a Home Depot Employee

December 18, 2013

I noticed how polished she was. Flirting with a guy who was loitering around the taco truck and asking her again when she got off work. She said, “Nine.” I considered complimenting her on her perfect ankle boots. I sat down on the gray wooden box that probably holds pylons or road salt (but wait […]

Read the full article →

Grief And Guilt {The Birth Trauma Experience}

November 22, 2013

Trauma after the birth of a baby is a ‘special’ kind of trauma. It’s a bittersweet kind of trauma. It’s a silent kind of trauma. It’s an invisible kind of trauma. And if your baby is healthy, it is usually considered an unjustified kind of trauma. I suffered from birth trauma. It was agonising, painful, […]

Read the full article →

Circumcision Doesn’t Beget Circumcision {One of These Things is Not Like the Other}

November 21, 2013

Yes, you read that right, we’re going to talk AGAIN about circumcision, but this post is a little different. I’m not writing this to try to tell you what to do. In fact, this post is actually going to start off with a confession; the day after my first baby was born I had him […]

Read the full article →

Beautiful Breastfeeding while Pregnant Moment

September 11, 2013

Yes, it was removed from Facebook, but really we just want to share this gorgeous picture of a mother breastfeeding her child while pregnant with another. This is real life folks. #peaceloveboobs #normalizebreastfeeding. I had my first breastfeeding image removed from my personal FB page today.  This photo is so special to me because of […]

Read the full article →

My Fearless Birth {Home birth turned hospital}

September 6, 2013

My wife, Jenny, and I tried for two years getting pregnant, so when we found out on our 2 year anniversary trip that I was pregnant we were more than excited! I had known since we started trying that I wanted a home birth. I educated myself as best I could. I started taking a Hypnobabies […]

Read the full article →