This post is also featured on Modern Mom American Childbirth: A Human Rights Failure? United Nations data shows that between 1990 and 2008, the United States maternal mortality rate nearly doubled, while the overwhelming majority of countries collectively decreased their rates by 34% (Coeytauz et al 2011). We have a right to criticize the shameful state of American maternal care when more … [Read more...] about American Childbirth: A Human Rights Failure?
The Mothering Issue: Resources for Moms New (and the rest of us too) Everyone knows that the journey to and through motherhood is the most heart swelling and transforming experience of a woman's life. And mothers know that better than anyone else. What is not often talked about are the difficulties and risks mothers can experience - the World Health Organization attributes part of the high … [Read more...] about The Mothering Issue: Resources for Moms New (and the rest of us too)
Medical doctor Sarah Buckley discusses the Five Myths of Childbirth. Dr. Buckley discusses myths that surround nutrition, hormonal shifts, fatigue, when to stop working during pregnancy, fear of labor and pain during labor, and the birth experience. I discovered the amazing Dr. Sarah Buckley about midway during my pregnancy with my first son Michael. I poured through more than a dozens of … [Read more...] about Five Myths of Childbirth (VIDEO) by Sarah Buckley MD
My Birth Story - Third Time is A Charm A woman will never forget the moment she became a mother. I even cry when I read or hear a birth story, so for me this is the most important post I have ever written. Birth is that transforming and important to me, and I believe if our society valued birth more, then America would not have the highest maternal and infant mortality rate in the developed … [Read more...] about My Birth Story – Third Time is a Charm
Music is Powerful Medicine Parents’ Singing to Fetus and Newborn Enhances Their Well-being, Parent-Infant Attachment, & Soothability: Part One I've said for many years now that I am a mother's biggest fan. Birth and mothering are not just dear to my heart - they determine the future of our world. I am a mother of three boys, and as an enthusiastic supporter of mother-centered birth, I was … [Read more...] about Music is Powerful Medicine: Babies and Parents Know Why: with Birth Expert Penny Simkin
Cesarean Delivery and Fetal Monitoring: Help or Hurt? Fetal monitoring is used more than any other obstetrical intervention, reported to be used in more than 85% of hospitals in 2010 (ACOG Practice Bulletin 132). However, despite its high rate of use, fetal monitoring has not been proven effective in decreasing infant or maternal mortality or morbidity. This fact makes fetal monitoring a target … [Read more...] about Cesarean Delivery and Fetal Monitoring: Help or Hurt?
Labor & Delivery Yoga: Better Birth is Only a Breath Away I have had the absolute joy of giving birth three times. Although I have other secret weapons for labor and delivery, I believe this one is the most important for managing pain, preventing panic or anxiety, and maintaining adequate oxygenation, no matter what type of birth you are planning. The secret weapon is simple: Your … [Read more...] about Labor & Delivery Yoga: Better Birth is Only a Breath Away
7 Tips for Having a Better Birth - Find my full post featured on Modern Mom Whatever kind of birth you envision, whether a physician attended hospital birth with medications or a natural birth with a midwife, the most important point is your birth is your own and no one else’s. Every woman should claim their right to the birth they want and deserve. My Story My first son was born after … [Read more...] about 7 Tips for Having a Better Birth
American Childbirth Needs Change The Birth Experience As Empowering Childbirth in America needs to change. America has the highest infant and mortality rates of any industrialized nation. Additionally, women are scared of birth and being scared into making fear based decisions about childbirth, rather than being respectfully informed and supported in their birth decisions. We need to … [Read more...] about American Childbirth Needs Change
Prenatal Yoga That Fits You "A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step." - Confucius The journey of motherhood could be described as perhaps the most strenuous thousand mile journey life offers. I think all mothers would agree. Pregnancy, labor and delivery, and recovering your mind and body afterward are difficult tasks, without considering the all consuming task of mothering. … [Read more...] about Prenatal Yoga That Fits You