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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 →

A Midwife’s Tale

 The diary of Martha Ballard is an extremely important document that brings us insight into a time period of transition within the practices of birth.  Laurel Thatcher Ulrich did a fantastic job pairing the excerpts from Martha’s diary with relevant local and national history of the time period.  This work can truly help us understand […] Continue reading →

Sacred Placenta: the Tree of Life

The placenta is the first organ to develop following the fertilization of the egg.  After fertilization, the egg divides into two cells. One will be the placenta and one will be the baby.  At twelve weeks it takes over the production of hormones.  The first hormone produced is hCG (human chorionic gonadotropi), which is the […] Continue reading →