Birth Stories

Wednesday Wrap Up 6-19

Wednesday Wrap-Up Graphic - Salt Lake City Private Childbirth ClassesThe truth about which stretch mark treatments really work, and which don’t. Drawn from actual unbiased research reports.

Here’s a great list of fact sheets on various medications, herbal products, illicit substances, maternal conditions, etc. and their effects on pregnancy. Again, all drawn from unbiased research sources.

8 Stats you should know about your obstetrician. I don’t love the comparison to the Farm midwives that keeps popping up in the article, because birthing at The Farm isn’t a realistic option for most women. But if women knew these stats to compare their actual options against each other, these could be useful things to know.

Fascinating and very real article: The Push is Powerful Stuff! From a home birth midwife. Some women like pushing, preferring the active work to help move things along. Some don’t enjoy it but everyone needs to do it!

The most creative presentation of a birth plan I have EVER seen!

Speaking of Birth Plans, here are some articles from the perspective of a great L&D RN:
Part 1: Writing your Birth Plan; Tips from an L&D RN
Part 2: Top 10 Dos for Writing Your Birth Plan
And don’t forget to read my own article on Birth Plans!

Darrin LythgoeLove this “recipe” for helping women establish breastfeeding. It is what I recommend for moms struggling with supply or latch issues.

Today is my 21st anniversary, it’s been a (mostly) great 21 years, looking forward to many, many more. Here’s the great man who is behind all that I do. He supported me through 3 great births. He’s spent countless hours doing double parenting duty while I am at births, teaching, or attending conferences. He has used vacation days so I can be with clients. He has listened to me rant and rave about my frustrations with the maternity care system in this country. He has helped me with web design, listened to me practice my presentations, and proofread my materials. All while working a full time job AND running his own software business! I love him!

I’ve featured Ceci Jane before, but her birth videos are just so incredible! I love the older siblings here, and the real sounds of the laboring mom!

Laboring Mother Supported by her husband

Birth Story Palooza!

Laboring Mother Supported by her husbandPregnant women all too often hear nothing but horror stories when pregnant. Just what every pregnant mom needs to hear. It’s become so much of a problem, that products like this T-shirt and buttons are needed. Some women who have positive birth stories are even afraid to share them because of the backlash from not participating in the “my birth was worse than yours” games.

If you’d like to focus on reading some very positive birth stories, here are some places to find them:

Web Sites

Birth Stories On Demand
Birth Without Fear
Positive Birth Stories
Local stories using HypnoBirthing. Text stories and Video Stories
Home birth stories

Books

Adventures in Natural Childbirth

Birth Stories: Mystery, Power and Creation
Journey Into Mothershood: Inspirational Stories of Natural Birth
Baby Catcher – memoirs of a home birth midwife, full of birth stories