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Undisturbed Pregnancy and Birth

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →

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 →