When preparing for a natural birth, couples inevitably must make decisions about what is most important to them and what fits into their financial situation. Birth classes are offered everywhere and vary greatly. From buffet style hospital classes (where you pick and choose which classes you need), to independent “crash” courses, to just doing some self study, there are many choices for expectant parents. Read more
Mother-Friendly is short for the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative (MFCI). There are 10 steps, which an institution or care provider must take in order to be considered “mother-friendly”. . They are very specific and some steps are harder to achieve than others. Do not just assume that your care provider is Mother-Friendly. Ask them. These steps are based on evidence and what produces the best outcomes in birth.
A Mother-Friendly Care Provider, Hospital, Birth Center, or Home Birth Practice: Read more
Sometimes, when preparing for a natural birth, the people most worried about everything are not even the ones giving birth but their concerned family members. Birth is a big deal and trepidation, questions, even unease, is normal. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions posed by those whose loved ones are preparing for a natural birth. Read more
Circumcision. It’s one of THOSE issues, hot button topics that really hit on people’s nerves and conversations get really heated, really fast. When I first began researching circumcision during my first pregnancy, I found that it was very difficult. It seemed like everything I found was either vehemently anti-circumcision or vehemently pro-circumcision. It was not easy to find out just the facts, or for me to understand the way that circumcision is viewed in our culture today. Read more
What should I take to my birth place (or have on hand for my home birth)?
When you leave for your birth place, you want to have two types of things:
1) all the things you will need for your birth
2) anything that will make you feel more comfortable during your labor
True, you might not use everything in your bag, but knowing it is there can be incredibly comforting! Read more