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Birth Plans Suck

Now that I have your attention, let me explain.  Many parents-to-be will create a detailed birth plan in the weeks before birth.  Or, perhaps they will just feel like they should have a birth plan and copy one they found online.  Parents walk proudly into the birth space with birth plan (or copies of the…

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How to Mine an Uninvited Birth Story for Gold

From the moment a mother (or her midsection) announces her pregnancy, she is inundated with a barrage of birth stories from friends, family members, and even strangers.  These stories tend to center around themes of pride, shame, or blame.  Most mothers-to-be listen politely while looking for the nearest exit, and a few bold ones will…

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The Trouble With "At Least"

Ahhh…at least.  The Fruit Cake of human communication: endlessly doled out with the best of intentions, and friggin horrible.  “But what’s so bad about saying at least?” you may wonder.  ‘I’m just trying to help people see the bright side.”  The thing is, unless someone is asking for advice or cheering up, they don’t want…

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Dear Mom: A Few Simple Words That You Deserve to Hear

There are a few things you deserve to hear, so here they are: Thank you for being the default parent. Thank you for rearranging your life around the kids’ appointments, school functions, illnesses, etc. Thank you for keeping the whole family’s calendar in your head and making sure it all gets done, come hell or…

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Your Birth Story is 30 Years Long

…Or 41 years or 16 years or however long you’ve been a resident of Planet Earth.  And you thought your cousin’s 24 hour long birth story was brutal!  😉 In all seriousness though…your birth is not an isolated event.  It is the culmination of a lifetime full of stories, experiences, lessons, and beliefs.  Have you…

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My Birth Story, and Why I'm Telling It This Way

The story of Inanna’s Descent has been told in my Birthing from Within series since I became an Advanced Mentor.  This story is over 6000 years old, and relates to the universal human experience of going through a Rite of Passage.  I believe it to be one of the most important elements of my class,…

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