At the end of April, our ICAN chapter (International Cesarean Awareness Network) hosted our first annual LABORfest: Learning About Birth Options in Rockford. I have a chapter co-leader and the two of us spent about two months planning. We got a free space at a local pub that provided all-you-can-eat pizza and pasta (at a fairly low
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I got the idea for Throwback Thursday from the blog over at YesVideo… fun to look back on favorite memories! In honor of Rebecca’s first birthday this week, I’m reminiscent of the day she was born.
The day I first sang “Happy Birthday” to her, when I first got to hold her in my arms and look
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We’re nearing the one-year mark of my HBAC and I meant to post about this a loooong time ago. During my first labor I caved to the pain and the pressure of the L&D nurses and I got an epidural. I loved it. I wondered why anyone would ever NOT get one, even though during my entire pregnancy I desperately
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You heard it here first. I’m telling all of you so that you help hold me accountable… I’ve been throwing around the idea of becoming a doula or a childbirth educator for awhile. You know, ever since that first birth experience changed my entire life. But I’ve been busy… being a mom, teaching college classes, moving
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On Monday, September 3rd, 2012 – Labor Day – Improving Birth hosted a nationwide Rally for Change. The goal? To raise awareness about the unnecessarily high cesarean and induction rates, promote informed consent and birth options, and rally for evidence based care. Birth matters, birth is safe, and we can do better.
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Last month I wrote about newborn screenings and the resources you can find on Baby’s First Test. Typically, the newborn screenings (heel prick, hearing test, and – in some states/hospitals – pulse ox) are done after birth while still at the hospital. That makes
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Some women don’t know what a doula is (no worries, my computer is also trying to auto-correct the word like it doesn’t exist)… some know, but don’t want one for their birth… and some think doulas are only beneficial in a hospital setting.
We didn’t hire a doula for our first birth. It was in a hospital and while we
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