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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 […]

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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 […]

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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, […]

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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 […]

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Managing Breast Milk Oversupply: the MDR method

November 19, 2013
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Breast milk is amazing. It provides everything a baby needs to grow into a chubby ball of cuteness. It fights disease. It’s nutritious. It’s delicious (yes!). It’s always on hand, it requires zero preparation, and it’s close to free. But sometimes, it’s possible to have too much of a good thing. Enter, OVERSUPPLY. Clad in stained pajamas, […]

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The Freebirth of Apple Blossom Light Hawk Summer Willow Wind

October 29, 2013

March 10, 2011 It’s the middle of the night. I’m laying awake, thinking of how there will be three of us sleeping here soon. I can’t lay still. I’m feeling different, off, restless. Every once in a while, I’m compelled to get up on all fours and rock back and forth. I don’t think a […]

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A Home Water Birth Based on Faith and Evidence Based Care

October 21, 2013

Around my daughter’s first birthday in December, it was placed heavily my heart to have another child. I had just graduated college, and the timing seemed perfect. My husband agreed and we found out we were expecting in January with an estimated due date of around September 17! I immediately started researching home birth midwifery […]

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A Healing Hospital Birth {After a Delivery that Resulted in PTSD and Birth Trauma}

October 8, 2013

This birth story of my daughter Kayla was my healing birth after having suffered a traumatic birth experience with my son Alex in December of 2011. When I gave birth to Alex, it was a traumatic, intense birth to say the least. I struggled with PPD and PTSD as a result of his birth.  I wanted […]

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Twins Born at 27 Weeks {A Mother’s Story of the NICU and Coping}

September 18, 2013

My twin boys were due August 28, 2012. They were born June 1, 2012, 13 weeks early. I had a doctor appointment that morning. I was so excited because it was an ultrasound appointment and I was going to get to see my little boogers. I met with the doctor after the appointment and he kept […]

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Plus Size Mama, Natural Hospital Birth!

September 11, 2013

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new.” – Rajneesh On January 4th 2010, my husband, Chris, and I found out we were expecting our first child and thus began our almost year-long journey of […]

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