Many of you have seen the NYT article about the new home birth study. And, if you were a brave soul, you read through the comments, wherein a large number of people did the predictable anti-home birth flailing, this time carrying a red flag reading “This shows babies are 250% more likely to die! Make it illegal! Selfish… Read More The Dec. 2015 Home Birth Study & Understanding Risk
Did you know that Childbirth Education is covered under most Health Spending Account or Flexible Spending Account plans? This means you can take a class, and have it paid for! The easiest way to do this is to ask your teacher for a detailed receipt for your registration fees that you can then submit to your… Read More Use your HSA/FSA to take childbirth classes!
Dear clueless people responding to breastfeeding articles with “Pooping is natural too, but we don’t do it in public!” or “I don’t whip my d**k out in a restaurant, why should you get to whip out your boobs?”, You people are kinda scary. I can’t quite wrap my brain around how you think these are… Read More Breastfeeding is not Pooping
Increasingly, we are hearing more and more women speak out about abuse and violence that have happened to them at the hands of their childbirth care provider. The video of a woman having a forced episiotomy reached far beyond the usual ‘birth junkie’ circles. Another woman’s experience of being physically wrestled onto her back causing… Read More The Reality of Obstetric Violence
There’s a lovely article out right now: “Denying the Pain of Labour Is Like Denying the Pain of Life”. In it she talks about how “pain-free birth” has become a holy grail, even among people going for a ‘natural’ birth. If you just do XYZ, your birth will be painless, or orgasmic, or some other… Read More Pain Happens, Suffering Doesn’t Need To
Controversy skittered through my world recently, when some birth work organizations started using statements and advertising that implied theirs was the One Right And True Way to do placenta encapsulation- and everyone else was dangerous and unsafe. A quick lesson- placenta encapsulation is the act of taking the human placenta, and preparing it so that it… Read More Actually, It’s About Ethics In Placenta Encapsulation
Title of this post shamelessly stolen from a comment by another local birth professional. You hear this quite often in the childbirth world. “I want a ‘natural childbirth’”, “She’s trying for a ‘natural childbirth’. In general, they mean that a woman wants to give birth without pain medication, especially an epidural. They are laying a… Read More What the *Bleep* is “Natural Childbirth” Anyhow?
While I’m sticking my neck out elsewhere, I might as well do it here. This was in response to the question “So just to be clear, you think it is unethical or dangerous to ask parents to research or question vaccines?” Since most anti-vaccine sites provide dangerous, unscientific and ethically questionable information it isn’t really… Read More Vaccination Information
The latest thing skittering across my feeds is the idea of vaginal steaming. In this, a woman sits over a hot herbal infusion, letting the steam rise up and, supposedly, enter the vagina, traveling up to the uterus, and carrying the beneficial, relaxing, cleansing properties of those herbs into your ladybits. On the surface, this… Read More You wanna steam your what??
There’s a video circulating (somewhat like a UK one from a couple years ago), in which men are hooked up to electrical stimulation, and put through some labor ‘contractions’. And make no mistake, it is pretty darn funny, because they are not expecting what they experience, at all, and they don’t take it well. But… Read More Birth, pain, guys and fear.