Non-babyish Gifts for New Parents
    October 12, 2010
    Non-babyish Gifts for New Parents

    Sure, there are plenty of green, child-centered gifts you can get babies, kids and their parents…like an organic onesie with “Mother Sucker” on the front, the fabulous Ergo Baby Carrier, or thos…

    We Are Sinking in a Chemical Swamp
    September 29, 2010
    We Are Sinking in a Chemical Swamp

    The news was astounding. When researchers tested the blood in the umbilical cords of newborn babies, they found 273 different commercial chemicals. That means that all those chemicals passed the place…

    The Eco-Layette: Safer Fabrics for Your Baby and the Planet
    September 22, 2010
    The Eco-Layette: Safer Fabrics for Your Baby and the Planet

    Dressing newborn babies is a fine art. Getting tiny flailing limbs to shimmy down a long sleeve. Easing a floppy little head through a neck hole. Keeping their infinitesimal socks from falling off the…

    Eco-Conscious Conception
    September 21, 2010
    Eco-Conscious Conception

    By now it should be quite clear that what's best for the planet is also what's best for our health. Polluted air, water, and soil eventually lead to polluted people because, like every other creature …

    Do I Really Need to Workout During My Pregnancy?
    June 28, 2010
    Do I Really Need to Workout During My Pregnancy?

    Did you always picture your pregnancy to be the time where you could finally have an excuse to stop exercising and eat for two? Unfortunately, you need to erase that picture. Pregnancy may be one of t…

    Now What?
    May 21, 2010
    Now What?

    This year on May 2nd at our 3rd annual Pregnancy Awareness Month kickoff event up at Tree People Ricki Lake (producer of The Business of Being Born and advisor on our team) shared with me that just da…

    Nurturing
    May 20, 2010
    Nurturing

    About 5 years ago I taught a woman in my prenatal yoga class who was expecting her 5th child. She seemed to be in overwhelm and was frustrated by the fact that her husband was not making her 5th pregn…

    Exercise Good for You, Good for Your Baby
    May 18, 2010
    Exercise-Good for You, Good for Your Baby

    It was not long ago, just a few generations back when mother-to-be were told that exercising was not good for pregnant women. That in fact as little movement as possible was best. Unless a pregnant wo…

    Education is the Key
    May 17, 2010
    Education is the Key

    There comes a time when every pregnant woman must decide what kind of birth she will want to experience. Nowadays we are blessed with many options, from a home birth to a birthing center or a hospital…

    How to Have a Better VBAC – Part 2
    April 28, 2010
    How to Have a Better VBAC – Part 2

    Get Yourself a Doula. Trained labor support is worth its weight in gold, especially through a VBAC.  If your previous birth ended in a cesarean after a long, hard labor – or, if you never got to la…

    How to Have a Better VBAC – Part 1
    April 27, 2010
    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 …

    My VBAC Birth Story
    April 26, 2010
    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 …

    The ABC's of a Healthy and Green Baby Shower
    February 4, 2010
    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 green baby shower that celebrates the life and he…

    Your Baby Is Listening – Even Before Birth!
    February 1, 2010
    Your Baby Is Listening – Even Before Birth!

    Dr. Greene's thoughts on a new study showing babies are 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 i…

    A New Reason to Eat Your Greens During Pregnancy
    January 25, 2010
    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 con…

    Could YouTube Change Our Birth Culture?
    November 4, 2009
    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 colla…

    Preventing a Preventable Cesarean
    November 3, 2009
    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 …

    Birth Wall Sign
    November 2, 2009
    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 …

    Expecting More
    October 29, 2009
    Expecting More

    If you had your baby in a United States hospital in 2005: There's a 1 in 3 chance you had cesarean surgery. (more…)…

    Why Are Women Giving Birth in the Dark?
    October 29, 2009
    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 rea…