Gentle Natural Cesarean Birth

Cesarean Birth Awareness – What Do Moms-To-Be Need to Know?

May 9, 2019

Giving birth by cesarean is a worry of many pregnant women. Different women may want to avoid a cesarean for different reasons, including risks to the mother or baby, increased healing time, postsurgical pain, scars, fear of separation from the baby, fear of the unknown or not being in control.  Cesarean sections have risen dramatically in the United States in the past 20 years. Two years ago the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine, published an Obstetric Care Consensus on the Safe Prevention of Primary Cesarean Delivery. The intention of the document…

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How to Engage in Birth Advocacy

How to Be a Bother in Birth

May 1, 2019

Parents-to-be are forming new relationships with health care professionals at rapid speed during pregnancy, labor and birth.  These new and often short lasting relationships are important to expectant parents because of their potential impact on the birth experience, but they don’t always go as well as parents hope or would like.  A mom said to me, while discussing concerns about a recent interaction with her health care provider, “I just don’t want to be a bother.”  Another told me, “I didn’t like what he/she had to say, but I didn’t say anything because I don’t want to be rude.”  Often,…

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Prepare for Baby Beyond Nursery

Preparing for Baby Beyond the Nursery

Apr 25, 2019

In today’s world of easy access to information, parents often wonder if they need to take a childbirth preparation class.  Nationally, only about 10% of first time parents take formal childbirth preparation classes, while in the 1970’s, a majority of first time parents took classes.    When today’s parents ask friends, family or even health care professionals if they should take a childbirth preparation class, they often hear “it’s not worth it”.  Parents sometimes report that the class they took didn’t actually help them when it came time to having their baby.  Time is precious and parents are looking to…

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