That’s fantastic! Hospital-based childbirth classes can be a great source of practical information about labor and birth, as well as giving insights into that particular hospital’s dynamic, procedures & environment. A Birthing From Within class may still be right for you, in addition to the hospital class- because there are things we do, that you… Read More “I’m taking a hospital birth class…”
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
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?
This wonderful article comes to us by way of Birthing From Within San Antonio & Mentor Nikki Shaheed Original Article As your belly grows and your sweet baby puts on the ounces, there are many exciting milestones! The first time you feel those tiny feet kicking, making it to the second trimester, wearing maternity clothes,… Read More 20 Reasons to Sign Up for a Childbirth Class at 20 Weeks
As someone who falls on the ‘queer’ spectrum, and who has a non-traditional relationship style, I have been making a conscious effort to increase my use of inclusive, gender neutral language; in my classes, on my website, and in my writings. I recognize that my earlier blog posts may not use inclusive language, nor acknowledge… Read More A note about gender-neutral language
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
The article “Monstrous Births: Pushing back against empowerment in childbirth” is making the rounds, and some are taking exception to it. But here’s the deal- she’s not wrong. Birth isn’t always awesome. Birth is always, on some level, a transformative event; because who you are when you begin, is not who you are after the… Read More Birth isn’t always awesome…
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.
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
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.