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Bodies Are Chaos

Chicago Birthing From Within Mentor Holly Barhamand, of Kick-Ass Birth, mic drops with this article on detaching your self worth from your bodily functions: Well, what if your body IS a lemon? <— That’s a link. Go read. We’ll wait. Our bodies are chaos, at best. These things suck, yet they happen. And birth is… Read More Bodies Are Chaos

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Trust Birth?

by Virginia Bobro, Certified Childbirth Educator and Doula (BFW); original post here. “Trust Birth” and “Trust Your Body” are common clichés, often tossed around casually in many childbirth circles, and also sometimes hotly debated, especially among those who have had or have witnessed difficult births. But what does it really mean to trust? And how… Read More Trust Birth?

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Dates in Pregnancy

No, not the romantic kind (Although those are also important in late pregnancy for ‘you’ time!), we’re talking the sweet dried fruit of the date palm. A recent research study found that women who ate 4-6 dates daily in the last 4 weeks of pregnancy, are more likely to: Have a more ‘favorable’ cervix when… Read More Dates in Pregnancy

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The Cesarean Rate- What it means, why it exists, and what to do about it.

This article was originally written in 2013 in response to a Jezebel post, and has been updated for 2016: The headline was, to say the least, shocking- “PREGNANT WOMEN EVERYWHERE ARE BEING BULLIED INTO HAVING A C-SECTION”, followed by a short article detailing all of two incidents, where intimidation and legal action were used to effect a… Read More The Cesarean Rate- What it means, why it exists, and what to do about it.

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Align Your Birth Team

Birth is a physically and emotionally vulnerable time for many, which makes having a birth team that shares your beliefs and values about birth an important task of birth preparation. Take some time to do the following exercise: List everyone who will be present at your birth, in the birth room with you. Consider the… Read More Align Your Birth Team

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Using Your B.R.A.I.N.

B.R.A.I.N. is an acronym that can help parents to gather information from a care provider or birth attendant when a procedure or intervention has been proposed. B: BENEFITS First, ask the What & Why questions: What is it you are offering? Why is this being offered now? What is the expected effect/impact on my labor?… Read More Using Your B.R.A.I.N.