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Rethinking Modern Birth – Part 5: Read Positive Birth Stories!

Read positive birth stories. Once upon a time ago, I didn’t understand the point of birth stories. I thought once the baby was here, the birth was more or less incidental. After all, “the only thing that matters is that you have a healthy baby,” right? Uh, no. I take issue with that statement. Having Read More

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Rethinking Modern Birth – Part 3: Ask Questions! (and Question the Answers)

Ask questions, and don’t just accept the answers blindly. There’s not really any such thing as a “routine” procedure, except for what’s part of your care provider’s typically-preferred routine. It’s all Optional. Recommended. Suggested. Commonly practiced.  If your healthcare provider tells you to get a test or procedure done, ask what it’s for, and whether Read More

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Rethinking Modern Birth – Part 2: Do Your Own Research!

Are you committed to having a better birth? Do your own research! Don’t rely on your health care professional to tell you everything you need to know, because they won’t. Not because they’re a jerk, or anything of the sort. It’s just that they don’t have the time to spend telling you things that aren’t Read More

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Rethinking Modern Birth – Part 1 of a Series

Why do we need empowered childbirth? How do we go about cultivating such a thing? Birth is something that every single one of us experiences–whether it’s giving birth, attending a birth, or being born ourselves. All human beings on Earth, throughout time, are connected through this most ancient rite of passage. In modern times, however, Read More

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Self Care During Pregnancy–Beyond Pedicures & Overpriced Virgin Drinks

Everybody’s talking about self-care–but let’s get real. Nobody’s saying you have to get weekly pedicures, and go out with the girls every Saturday night to feel like you’re a functioning human being. However, the flip-side of those lofty self-care ideals can be even worse. I personally can’t stand those memes that say things like, “I’m Read More