Review of ‘New Mother’ and Interview with author Allie Chee

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By Tracy G. Cassels I have to admit I wasn’t quite sure what to expect when I got my copy of New Mother: Using a Doula, Midwife, Postpartum Doula, Maid, Cook, or Nanny to Support Healing, Bonding and Growth.  I used a doula and midwife myself for the birth of my daughter and I am ever thankful that I did.  And I personally felt the midwife system here of home visits for 4 … [Read more...]

Birth Story: Kristin from One Organic Mama

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Warning. This post is about birth. Vaginal birth. I have given you fair warning. If you don't like that word, just don't read this. Have you closed the page? Go away. Good. So no one is reading. I am only writing this because on a few occasions people have asked about my VBAC and have mentioned that they don't know anyone who has ever had one. I … [Read more...]

Birth Story – Sam from the UK

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On Sunday, 6th June, we went to a BBQ and I ate FAR too much. I had the most horrible tummy ache. A couple of people joked that it was Peanut making a move, but it was JUST indigestion. I think. Anywho, I barely slept at all night until about 4:30am, when I managed an hour before I needed to get up (again) for the loo. I drifted off again just after DH went to work and I was … [Read more...]

Birth Story – Jennifer from the USA


At 36 weeks I was having contractions, but it took me a few days to realize it.  They started when I was driving down to pick up my husband, Peter, from the airport.  I thought my pants were just uncomfortable.  The next day I was still uncomfortable, but figured it was part of being at the end of my pregnancy.  Day 3 rolled around and I realized they were contractions, but I … [Read more...]

Guest Post: A Letter Regarding Birth and Breastfeeding

Source: Tracy Cassels

The following is an email sent to Professor Elizabeth Armstrong of Princeton University after she wrote an op-ed piece for the New York Times on the use of formula in hospitals.  I believe they both make wonderful points and hope more people consider all the factors that can help women and babies have the best start in life Dear Prof. Armstrong, I just finished reading your … [Read more...]

Ask EP: Stillbirth Prevention

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Q:  A bit of help needed for a friend of a friend. I've been asked by a good friend to dig out as much in the way of links and studies relating to how the use of doulas and other holistic approaches to pregnancy and birth could help support the NHS antenatal and birth care system and ideally reduce the number of stillbirths and neonatal deaths. The friend of a friend has a … [Read more...]

Re:Birth Volume 6

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By Tracy G. Cassels I bring you another installment (sadly we’re nearing the end of what I have) of the Choices in Childbirth newspaper from Ontario in the 1980s.  The current volume has some interesting discussions surrounding the then-impending legalization of midwifery, the role of the labour supporter (which makes me wonder – was Doula not a term back then?), an article … [Read more...]

Birth Story: Elle from Omaha


Reposted with permission from Cotton Bottom Mama, pictures and all – thank you! Before I tell my birth story, I have to say that about halfway through my pregnancy, I became committed to a natural childbirth. It's something that I researched a lot and felt passionately about by the time I finally made the decision. When I told people that I was planning a natural birth, I got … [Read more...]

My Birthing Story


By Tracy G. Cassels I should preface this anecdotal article on my birth experience and the lessons I learned from it by explaining my past a little.  Me and my siblings were all born at home (you can read the story of my birth as written by my mother in the 2nd installment of Re:Birth, linked here).  My mother hates doctors, hospitals, and anything to do with the medical … [Read more...]

Re:Birth Volume 3

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  By Tracy G. Cassels The third installment of Re:Birth focuses on home birth statistics and how they should be interpreted (something we need to be reminded of today as well; see Fighting for Homebirth), arguments for short hospital stays after giving birth, stay-at-home versus work-outside motherhood and the guilt associated with each, perineal care, reviews of … [Read more...]