Top Ten Breastfeeding Myths

It’s going to hurt! False: Although it may feel uncomfortable in the beginning as you learn to get baby latched on properly, and toughen up your nipples, it should not be extremely painful to breastfeed.  If you are experiencing a lot of pain while nursing your baby, then they might not be latched on properly, […] Continue reading →

The Fourth Trimester

Birth; the end of pregnancy brings about huge changes.  Some are very apparent like the physical ones we experience on our body, but some are not as much talked about, like the changes our newborn baby is experiencing.  Generally, birth is seen as the beginning of the baby’s life, but actually the baby existed inside […] Continue reading →

Toilet Communication with Your Baby

When we had our first child, one day my husband watched me changing our son’s nappies and asked, “How did the ancients do this?”.  Yes, how did they do it without disposable nappies or plastic covers over the cloth nappy? I supposed they somehow used wool but didn’t know much more about it and had […] Continue reading →

Ultrasound: The First Unnecessary & Unsafe Medical Intervention In Many Pregnancies

From Emma Lewis HEART BEATS OR HEART MESSAGES? For a full list of studies: Doppler Danger Links updated First published in The Mother magazine Issue 16 Winter 2005/2006 and subsequently also published on Joyous Birth (www.joyousbirth.info) and various birth and parenting newsletters in New Zealand, UK & Australia. Did you have a scan during your pregnancy? […] Continue reading →

European Breastfeeding Week

A Response to “Black Breastfeeding Week” Contrary to popular belief, White women experience a lack of support in their breastfeeding journeys. We are constantly told that we have “white privilege” and that every other race struggles so much harder than us. I am here to tell you that that is just not true. Many white […] Continue reading →

Imprisonment by Pregnancy

“The freedom in a country can be measured by the freedom of birth.” – Agnes Gereb (Hungarian Midwife) When did pregnancy become a jail sentence?  When did it become a time when a woman gives up her rights to the privacy of her body at the hands of medical “professionals” that don’t even trust the […] Continue reading →

What Happened to Birth?

When did birth become something that women looked towards fearfully? When did American women start to look outward for confirmation about their body and baby (doctors/midwives) instead of looking within and using their intuition and innate knowledge of their bodies? Why have we been taught to fear our bodies and not understand them as women? […] Continue reading →

The Programming Starts at Birth

“[Birth is] … probably the single most dangerous event that most of us will ever encounter in our lifetimes” reads the third sentence of the Neonatal Resuscitation textbook put out by the American Academy of Pediatrics.  This book is the companion to the Neonatal Resuscitation Program (NRP) required to be completed and renewed every couple of years […] Continue reading →

They Told Me…

Guest post by Lora Willshaw “Be careful, take care, pay heed. Your baby’s in danger. Your body may bleed.” They told me…,”Sadness in your past could happen again, Use our machines, your body’s no friend. Sit straight, lay back, don’t comfortably bend.” They told me…,”We’ll scan you and touch you, just to make sure, your […] Continue reading →

Sacred Womb

“The strongest ‘pound for pound’ muscle is the uterus: it weighs around 2 pounds but during childbirth can exert a downward force of 400 Newtons, which is one hundred times as strong as gravity and equivalent to the power in a fully extended modern longbow” –The Book Of General Ignorance by John Mitchinson When not […] Continue reading →

Birth As An American Right of Passage

Fantastic work by Davis-Floyd for her extensive research and meticulous documentation of such an important topic!  She has done an amazing job analyzing the current state of hospital birthing rituals in America.  She leads the reader to the true messages and underlying values that the current medical establishment brings forth and serves to perpetuate.  As […] Continue reading →