I often get families who choose not to do a homebirth because they're afraid that "something might happen". It's a valid fear however it shows the lack of understanding of what a Midwife is and what she does.
Midwives training is designed to know what the normal process of labor is, how it varies, and when are those variables actual red flags. We then have training to prepare us for the "what if's". It's why we have to carry oxygen, resuscitation equipment, IV supplies, antibiotics, suturing equipment, pitocin, and our homeopaths and herbs. We very much understand the natural process and like to prepare for quick changes.
We also are trained how to handle those quick changes in a comfortable, natural, calm setting with mom and family close by to understand what's happening and be involved in the choices that will need to be made.
It's sad to see a birth choice made, that wasn't the true birth choice, simply because a family didn't un…
I had the honor of attending a beautiful birth last night. I've attended many beautiful births and I likely will attend many more, but each one is unique in its own way.
This mom had sought me out at the very beginning of her pregnancy. She had a cesarean section with her first when she was quite young and many years later she found herself wanting the natural waterbirth at home.
When I met with her she was so quiet and timid that I truly didn't think I'd see her again. I was happily surprised when she called weeks later to schedule her initial visit.
I'm a bit passionate when it comes to those wanting a VBAC. I feel it's so amazing that they have chosen this path and I want to make sure they get to experience all the beauty it can be. So needless to say, I was happy about it.
When the time came for her labor, we had quite a few "practice" labor checks because, well truly because I couldn't tell how intense anything was because she was SO quiet and ti…
What's all the hype about babywearing? It's the best way to carry your baby! I truly could not have survived 5 kids without it.
The key to success with it is learning how to do it correctly. There are so many carriers, techniques, rights and wrongs, do's and don't that it can get confusing and not so fun. It's best to learn from a trained babywearer so that even when your child is 4 (and mine is almost 5) you can still carry them away!
Natural BirthWorks is a great birth center and natural minded center that truly brings back the lost art of care. Their babywearing workshop taught by Zenmamalove Martha Lerner is awesome! Here's the details for the next workshop:
March 19 10:am
contact firstname.lastname@example.org to register