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Feeling Anxiety During Pregnancy? Or Anxiety About Birth? I Did Too…

Feeling anxiety during pregnancy and having anxiety during birth is oh so normal. Don’t worry, you’re in great company! Didn’t anyone tell you? Everyone has anxiety during pregnancy and at least a little anxiety about birth. Everyone. Yep, it’s true. Having anxiety during pregnancy is part of the journey. Don’t believe me? Check this out… […]

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Water Births: What is a Water Birth like? Should I think about one?

Water births can seem kinda weird when you first think about ‘em. Why in the world would you give birth in the water? Isn’t that just something tree-huggers & hippies do? But when you actually stop to think about it… And then check out the research. It actually makes a lot of sense. Hydrotherapy is used […]

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Pregnant in America Recap

  This film challenges ‘the norm’ of American birth. While the film does a great job challenging your assumptions & asks some great questions (which we love), it slants big time with an ‘anti-hospital’ & ‘anti-medical’ stance. Lumping the entire ‘medical community’ (providers & hospitals) under one umbrella & insinuating you can’t get high quality Evidence […]

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Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

You know when you read something written from a ‘master of craft’, that’s really easy to read, full of insight/wisdom…and you hear yourself saying over & over ‘wow, this is good’? That’s this book. {Steve never thought, as a dude supporting his wife, he’d say the same thing about a birth book- he thought it was […]

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Happiest Baby on the Block- Dr. Harvey Karp

Do you want more sleep? Read this book. Do you want a less fussy bambino? Read this book. We like Dr. Karp’s approach, because it gets results. While it may not work for every single baby, gosh we’ve talked with so many who it has worked for. And his methods just make a whole lot […]

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“The Birth Partner: a Complete Guide to Childbirth for Dads, Doulas, and All Other Labor Companions” by Penny Simkin

We all know that men (in particular) are “fixers.” Give them a problem and they will attack it with the enthusiasm and finesse of a pitbull- problem solving usually ranks high for the male gender (generally speaking of course). Insert said male into a birth scenario and you have one ginormous fish out of water. […]

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The Business of Being Born Recap

If you have never heard of this documentary about childbirth in the U.S. maybe you’ve been hiding under a rock? Okay, maybe not. But this documentary, since its release in 2008 has become increasingly well known and become the topic of convos among many a preggo woman. The film, produced by Ricki Lake (if you’re […]

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Active Birth: The New Approach to Giving Birth Naturally by Janet Balaskas

If you want to know what YOU can do to have less pain & speed up labor …this is the book for you. Janet shares the science & practical side why & how moving around in different labor & birth positions makes your life better during labor & birth. There are tons of exercises, sketches […]

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Birthing From Within by Pam England & Rob Horowitz Ph.D.

Are you Artsy Fartsy? Do you like to express yourself through any artistic medium? If so, this book will particularly appeal to you. Birthing From Within is unlike any other pregnancy and childbirth book we’ve read. Pam (midwife) and Dr. Rob (psychologist) delve into the world of preparing for childbirth and really hone in on […]

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Pregnancy, Labor & Birth Terms You’ll Hear | Knowing Them Will Help You Make Better Decisions.

Download the PDF version of Pregnancy, Labor & Birth Lingo. Overall Care:   Evidenced Base Care- health care based on the usage of current, up-to-date evidence when making decisions about a patient rather than health care based on opinions, old protocols or socially determined practice (see our Get Smart resource, with examples, on Evidence Based […]

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Vaginal Birth after Cesarean Section (VBAC- ‘vee-bak’)- Can I have a VBAC?

Some providers assume “once a C-Section always a C-Section”. That’s because the scar tissue left on the uterus’ wall from a C-Section is weaker than the uterus itself, resulting in concerns about the uterus rupturing during childbirth. But (and it’s a big one), a growing body of current research supports Vaginal Birth after C-Section as a […]

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How should I get ready for Pregnancy & Birth? Or should I just wing it…

On a scale of 1-10 for life events, having a baby is a whopping 100. Yep, hands-down, it’s off the charts. But that 100 quickly turns into a 1, when women feel that they are unprepared going in. Moms often say…“I regret not doing more research on pregnancy, labor & birth. I assumed my provider […]

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How to Protect Your Perineum & Why It’s Important to Start NOW

Great idea! I like protection! But what’s my perineum? Your perineum, also known as “the pelvic floor”, consists of two layers of muscles that are interwoven. They basically enclose the bottom of the pelvis. These muscles form a sort of hammock (I’ve also heard it referred to as a trampoline) for some pretty essential internal […]

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Cesarean Section: What do I need to know about C-Sections?

Under certain circumstances, Cesarean Sections can be the safest option for baby & mama. It’s a surgical procedure opening your abdomen & uterus to remove your baby. An anesthesiologist or nurse anesthetist numbs your lower body. Then an OB makes a cut through your lower belly skin, tissue, abdominal wall & into your uterus. With the […]

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Vaginal Birth: The “Original” Way to Birth

A woman’s body was built to give birth. Most women are successful giving birth naturally. Usually it’s the safest way to give birth, because you avoid the risks and complications coming from major surgery (C-Section). Just as your body knows what to do with food without you having to think about it, a vaginal birth […]

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