Birth Story: My CBAC & the Practice of Acceptance

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By Sheetal Daswani Seeing the phrase “MY CBAC” in print can occasionally have the power to be painfully debilitating. I so strongly yearned for a VBAC. Yet, when I search deeply into my own psyche, I am confronted with the fact that I got everything I wanted for my baby out of my CBAC. I did not get everything I wanted for me, but I got everything I wanted for my baby. It is … [Read more...]

Five Worst Parenting Books

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By Tracy G. Cassels Parents often find themselves looking for advice on how to raise their kids.  It’s not surprising in a society in which we spend so little time around children that we go into this parenting business with little to no experience.  However, we have to be careful where we seek advice for not all advice is equal.  While there is huge variability in the … [Read more...]

Guest Post: Six Natural Ways To Reduce Pregnancy Related Swelling & Discomfort Without The Use Of Medication

Six Natural Ways To Reduce Pregnancy Related Swelling

By Jenna Birchmier During pregnancy, a woman’s body undergoes many changes in preparation for the upcoming birth. While feeling your baby bump grow is likely to fill you with excitement, experiencing the discomfort of swelling legs and feet may be an unwelcome symptom of pregnancy. Fortunately, there are many things you can do to alleviate the pain and swelling that can … [Read more...]

Why “Delayed” Cord Clamping Should Be the Norm

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By Tracy G. Cassels In today’s modern birthing picture, you finish birthing your baby and the doctor immediately clamps the cord and you wait to expel the placenta before cutting.  However, this isn’t actually the norm around the world (though notably there is variability worldwide in clamping practices currently).  Often, mothers engage in what is, in our culture, called … [Read more...]

The Vitamin K Shot

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By Tracy G. Cassels There has been speculation amongst some people that the Vitamin K shot is unnecessary and simply one of those painful procedures that is done without really considering the need.  So I thought I’d do some research and share with you what I could find on the shot to help you make your educated decision. Types of Vitamin K Deficiency Bleeding … [Read more...]

I’m Sorry, We Failed

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By Tracy G. Cassels I’m sorry. To the mother who felt like a bystander during the birth of her child, I’m sorry.  We failed to make sure you knew that this was your birth, not theirs, and that no one should force you into procedures you don’t want. To the parents who placed their newborn in a room apart from theirs because they believed it’s what they had to do, I’m … [Read more...]

The Media and Birth: How the Media Views Birth

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By Tracy G. Cassels When I was pregnant I had a discussion with one of my midwives at a visit about how birth is portrayed on TV and movies.  She shared that for her and most midwives she knew, they just couldn’t suspend disbelief long enough to actually enjoy any episode or part of a movie that covered birth.  I get that.  It’s a problem many people in professions have when … [Read more...]

The Vicious Cycle

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By Tracy G. Cassels We seem to be caught in a vicious cycle in our society these days and it’s starting to become more and more apparent.  We are a society obsessed with “advancement” and “progress” and by and large we have created some incredible things because of our dedication to pushing boundaries of what we know and can do.  Just the other day I came across this meme, … [Read more...]

When Pregnancy is Criminal

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By Tracy G. Cassels An article just came out ahead of print in the Journal of Health Politics, Policy and Law that deserves some discussion.  It is an examination of criminal cases in the United States between 1973 and 2005 in which a woman being pregnant was a necessary factor in depriving a woman of physical liberty; that is, the detention of these women was predicated … [Read more...]

Birth Story – Shawna from Australia

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Baby Adelle, Let me tell you a story about an end and a beginning. This story takes place over a very short period of time, only twelve hours, but being as it was the end of Life As We Knew It, the beginning of Motherhood for me, and the beginning of Life for you, it is a significant one. It's the story of our journey through your coming into this world. The night before … [Read more...]