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Alternative Births

You want to do what with the what?  The placenta? You want to do something to turn it into pills (placenta encapsulation, I’m told it is called) and you want to ingest these pills? The placenta... like the after birth? That bloody raw meat looking thing on the other end of the umbilical cord? That thing scared me when each child was born. It was (really) gross! You want to ingest that thing? You want to eat your placenta! Encapsulate your placenta? Why?

Ok, I get that the placenta is kind of a cool thing. It is a human organ that doesn't exist before pregnancy. The body just grows it once it is needed. It regulates the oxygen and nutrients our baby needs to grow, making sure she gets what she needs and keeps out the harmful stuff. Then, when the baby is done with it the female body just expels this organ. You are right, that is a really interesting part of human anatomy and they should have talked more about it in...Read more

If your water breaks...

There is a rumor going around that your water breaking, is the first indication of labor. I was a week late with my first baby and was convinced that she was NEVER COMING! They never said it was an estimated due date, they always said DUE DATE and when that date came and went and I didn’t feel any different, I was pissed! No, literally! LOL!

I woke up one morning and went to pee. Got back in bed and more pee came out. Went back to pee and clean up, got back into bed and it happened again. I Did this 2 more times before I got up, showered and went to my OB appointment. It turned out, my water had broken!

For a small handful, water breaking is the first sign of labor. But for most, this is simply not the case. I think we have to chalk this one up to sitcoms… I guess that is the “funniest” way to say, a woman is in labor and everyone should freak out!

When I was pregnant with Erica and Jerry and I took our childbirth education class, I remember our instructor talking in depth about this topic. Her advice… if you’re in a grocery store and your water breaks, drop a jar of pickles on the floor and act like it’s pickle juice, then get right to the hospital.

Really!? That’s your advice. Breed more hysteria?

OK, here’s the real deal…

*About 10-15% of women start labor with their water breaking.

That’s all! Only about 10-15%.

*If your water breaks outside of the place you will...Read more


Top 10 Reasons To Give Birth At Hudson Valley Hospital Center

After attending hundreds and hundreds of births at Hudson Valley Hospital Center as well as many other birth facilities, I have comprised todays Top 10 list of the amazing reasons why HVHC is a great place to give birth. No… they did not pay me to write this J

10) Tubs in every birthing room. Each labor room is equipped with a hot tub AND women are encouraged to use them!

9) The nursing staff has complete respect for moms, dads AND birth plans. They understand various philosophies regarding birth and do everything they can to help families have the birth that they choose.

8) There is a strong midwifery presence at this facility and tremendous breastfeeding support from IBCLC, Linda LeMon as well as the supportive nursing staff and administrators.

7) Most of the DOCTORS and MIDWIVES are comfortable with water birth and if mother and baby are doing well, water birth can be an option.

6) Intermittent monitoring with Pitocin. This means that even with Pitocin, mom has freedom of movement during labor (including using the tub) if she is on Pitocin!

5) No Routine IV’s. IV’s are only used when necessary.

4) Hudson Valley Hospital is VBAC (Vaginal Birth...Read more

Congratulations to this Iowa family on the precipitous labor and birth of their baby. Having a baby in 30 minutes is certainly more the exception than the rule. Watch this short video about how this couple reacts to their unassisted birth at a stop light Keep in mind that when a baby comes quickly like this, without much difficulty, no help is necessary and there is nothing to panic about :) Rest well Iowa family and Happy "BIRTH" day to your little one!Read more

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Does this sound familiar? It doesn’t have to. In fact, birth will actually happen even if NO ONE SCREAMS ANYTHING AT YOU WHILE YOU DO IT!

Knowing that we are fully dilated (10cm) isn’t always the best news of the day.  When giving birth in a hospital, we are often given the impression that 10 centimeters dilated means we made it, we’re complete. We are ready to push. Our cervix is completely out of the way and now we...Read more

Staying safe from negativity during pregnancy!

“She acts like she’s the only woman to ever be pregnant”… followed by an eye roll….

Who says that?! Oh, I’ll tell you who says that! WOMEN! Close friends, co-workers, sisters, in-laws, out-laws etc… The onslaught of birth negativity starts the moment we share our amazing news!

There are some bizarre behaviors that surround pregnancy in our culture that I will never understand.
Here is a perfect example.

Sister in law: So, (excitedly) when are you due???
Newly pregnant mom: My midwife said my estimated due date is Sept 12th.

Sister in law: Hmmph…That doesn’t mean a thing. If you don’t have your baby by that day, they will induce you.
Newly pregnant mom: Really?

Sister in law: Yup, that’s what happened to me. They made me go to the hospital, hooked me up to this crazy medicine called Pitocin. I was contracting like crazy! One after another for hours! I begged for an epidural! I thought I was gonna DIE!!!!
Newly pregnant mom: What if I want a natural birth or a water birth?

Sister in law: What are you nuts?! Go to the hospital and get an epidural the second you go into labor!!!
Newly pregnant mom: (walks away feeling terrified and confused)

This happens every day in our culture. Women seem to enjoy creating fear for one another around labor and birth....Read more


The free just gave me the definition of “alternative birth” and I thought I should share it with you.

alternative birth - a method of childbirth that avoids intrusive high-tech medicine in favor of more natural and homely settings

When did we as a society decide that intrusive high tech medical intervention in hospital settings was the “normal” way to give birth?

I mean it is certainly an option and thank goodness for those interventions when we need them, but It seems to me that if we stop talking about natural birth as “alternative birth” it might have a chance at becoming a little more main stream.

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