Prenatal Related Articles & Blog Posts
How to Have a Better VBAC – Part 1
Before you even get pregnant, start searching out a supportive VBAC provider. Simply asking your provider if they support VBAC may not be enough. The answer may be flatly no, but it could also be “Yes, but…”Read full story
My VBAC Birth Story
In the nearly two years since my VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), I have had the pleasure of bearing witness to a plethora of other VBAC stories through my connection to the birth community. Many mothers know they want a VBAC, but they may not be clear on what steps to take to get there.Read full story
The ABC’s of a Healthy and Green Baby Shower
Especially during pregnancy, it’s usually best to keep it simple, healthy, and pure. Here’s our simple approach – with help from the ABC’s – to plan a baby shower that celebrates the life and health of the baby, as well as the Earth she’ll be living on.Read full story
Your Baby Is Listening – Even Before Birth!
I love the results of a new study on babies and languages that shows the innate ability our babies have to fit in with their environments. A group of scientists analyzed the cries of French and German newborns. They determined that even at the tender age of 3 days, your baby will try to communicate […]Read full story
A New Reason to Eat Your Greens During Pregnancy
More good news for pregnant moms – a new study suggests that eating more veggies during pregnancy lowers the risk that your baby will develop type 1 diabetes. I’ve always recognized a strong connection between what moms eat and the health (and later food preferences) of their infants, and many of these links are explained […]Read full story
Could YouTube Change Our Birth Culture?
I don’t get to go to births much anymore. My midwifery practice closed in July. Our consulting doctors merged with another group and in the merger were forced to stop accepting our referrals and collaborating on VBACs. As a result of that we had to forfeit our hospital privileges. We would have continued offering only […]Read full story
Preventing a Preventable Cesarean
This year, one in three babies will be born by cesarean section. The cesarean rate in the United States has hit a historic high every year for nearly a decade, and shows no signs of abating. Research from the World Health Organization suggests that when a cesarean rate is higher than 15% in any population, […]Read full story
Birth Plans As Exit Signs
Blogs, Facebook, and Twitter were bustling last week with back-to-back stories of doctors putting the kibosh on women’s right to self-determination in their birth. First, The Unnecesarean reported on a doctor who preemptively gives his own (awful) birth plan to all of his patients, and one woman’s triumphant experience firing him and hiring a midwife. […]Read full story
If you had your baby in a United States hospital in 2005: There’s a 1 in 3 chance you had cesarean surgery.Read full story
Why Are Women Giving Birth in the Dark?
Pop quiz: what is the most important factor determining whether a woman has a cesarean or not? How healthy she is? How big her baby is? Whether she has pregnancy complications? These all seem like reasonable answers, but the research tells a different story.Read full story