What surprised you about your labor?

I’m featured again on ABC News for their Million Moms Challenge, raising money for babies and moms around the world that are in need. If you haven’t yet, please sign up for the challenge!

This time, I wrote about labor. About how we all enter into labor and delivery with some type of expectations and fears and things could go exactly as planned (lucky you!) or, more likely, totally different.

What surprised you about your

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epidurals and the included interventions

This is an awesome video. Its purpose is to show women just how many interventions are involved with getting an epidural… it’s not just a pain medication, not just a needle in the back. The whole process really ties you to that bed with everything they must place on/in your body.

This video is a quick demonstration–a great tool for childbirth educators or doulas to share with their clients! But also just a great video for all pregnant women!

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Cesarean vs. VBAC

I probably shouldn’t have watched this first thing in the morning, because it has me sobbing. This woman went through TWO unnecessary c-sections and ended with a VBAC homebirth in the water. It’s beautiful. The pictures shown at the end really got to me… I have nearly the exact same picture from after my cesarean–my first time meeting Ryan, strapped to a table, unable to touch him, and too drugged up to know left from right. I can’t wait for my homebirth next time.

*This video does show the baby coming out during the

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MOMS For The 21st Century Act: we need your help!

We’re going to get somewhere, I swear. We’re going to make things happen. And it’s about.damn.time. On July 21, 2010, Congresswoman Roybal-Allard (CA-34) introduced the Maximizing Optimal Maternity Services (MOMS) for the 21st Century Act, a bill that includes measures to improve maternity care in our nation. This bill still needs co-sponsors. PLEASE write or call your rep today and ask them to co-sponsor this bill. Find yours here: Representative Offices.

Safe motherhood should be a basic right for all women.

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Guest Post: Not On My Watch

*This is a guest post by Barbara from Kimberly-Clark Healthcare about contracting life-threatening infections in hospitals. I am posting this here because…. well, because of my recent complete mis-trust for hospitals. Not only from my own personal experience during labor, but because of my grandpa’s hospital stay–he passed away in December. I absolutely believe in this message and that many people suffer from this.*

When someone develops an infection at a hospital or other patient care facility that they did not have prior to treatment, this is referred to as a healthcare-associated (sometimes hospital-acquired)

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