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Preparing for Birth

Fear and Birth: What is the Impact?

In a birth culture filled with messages that plant seeds of doubt about birth in expecting parents’ minds, it’s easy to understand how fear has come to have an unfavorable reputation. As pregnant parents navigate a medical system with soaring usage of medical intervention, and sift through a barrage of horrific birth stories from friends,…

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Judging People for Getting an Epidural

I was recently hospitalized for a couple of days, and found myself shocked at how much of a nuisance my IV was. In my mind I kept saying over and over, “I’m not even having contractions and I want an epidural to deal with how uncomfortable my arm is! How do people labor and birth…

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How to Create Compassionate Birth Affirmations

In preparation for birth, many pregnant parents like to create affirmations written out on paper or strung up in a style inspired by prayer flags to keep them encouraged and focused during labor. There are even online shops that sell beautifully crafted affirmations for birthing families to display. How They Can Help Rehearsing affirmations helps…

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4 Ways to Know Your Provider is a Good Fit

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Pregnancy and birth are full of choices to make from what color to paint the baby’s room, to baby names, to where give birth, to what kind of car seat to buy. Here are a few simple tips to help demystify the process of choosing a care provider for your birth.  1) They deliver in…

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Non-Inclusive Birth Preparation Causes Birth Trauma

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Many people believe that medical interventions cause birth trauma. More often than not, that is incorrect. What causes trauma is expectations…expectations about the pain, how a birthing parent is supported, how they respond to the intensity of labor, and about their labor environment. It’s a seductive thought to think that we can simply release expectations…

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