Rebecca’s birth day: Throwback Thursday

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 into her big blue eyes. The day my life changed and the day we welcomed a daughter into our family. The day Ryan became a big brother and daddy

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Affirmations (for birth)

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 wanted a natural birth.

During my second pregnancy, I was determined to follow through with my plans for a natural birth–for a VBAC. I was afraid, for sure. I think fear and doubt are

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coming soon: emily dickey, cbe

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 to the middle of nowhere….

Well… I think it’s time. We have two kids and we’re done. Ryan will be in school soon. We’re moving back to civilization–where birth education is greatly needed.

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do you have a happy baby story?

Did you know September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month? I’ve talked about newborn screening quite a bit on this blog, thanks to Kristine and Cora that first taught it to me. Newborn screenings save lives and it’s important you know what your baby is screened for at birth–or what they should be screened for so you can ask for it, like pulse ox.

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Improving Birth’s National Rally for Change

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.

The rallies were held in every state, in over 100 cities, with nearly 10,000 total people in attendance. Our rally itself had about 80 people. There were several in IL, which is wonderful–our state is in desperate need

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Top 5 reasons for hiring a doula at a homebirth

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 knew what a doula was, we just didn’t think we’d NEED one. I knew what I wanted–a natural birth–and I had my husband by my side. I mean, come on, we read The Bradley

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Introducing… Rebecca Kadlin!

So I might be a little late on this, but 3 months isn’t too bad. I’ve been busy raising children, right? And hey, Ryan’s birth announcements went out with our Christmas cards when he was one year old, haha. At least I’m beating my previous record 😉 They’ll be going out in the mail soon to family, so for everyone else… here she is 🙂

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