Positive Thoughts + Feelings = Positive Experiences

26 Sep

Positive Thoughts, Feelings, Experiences

Positive thoughts generate positive feelings and attract positive life experiences. This includes birth!

There is an incredible connection between the mind and body. During pregnancy, take the time to prepare your mind as you prepare your body for labor and birth. Check in with yourself. Build your confidence. Read uplifting materials. Engage with friends and family that are supportive of the vision you have for your birth. Filling your mind with good thoughts will lead to a manifestation of positive experiences.


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Heal the Planet

31 Jul

If we are to heal the planet, we must begin by healing birth.

1 May

A great idea – a retreat at The Farm in Tennessee for birth activists! If you are interested in participating, read more below. Does this sound like you??

Working to bring awareness to our broken maternity care system can feel quite lonely.  When we produced the play “Birth” by Karen Brody back in 2007, we had a strong group of doulas helping, and a close-knit home birth community to fill the seats.  Ultimately, aside from the professionals who agreed to participate in the talk back panel discussion after the play, it felt a bit like preaching to the choir.  But we plugged along, undeterred because we so passionately believed that nothing would improve if we weren’t talking about it.  So, we held a screening of “Business of Being Born,” we hosted Jennifer Block to discuss her book Pushed, we hosted a screening of “Pregnant in America”and we created Women In Labor Daze, a week long celebration of motherhood which culminated in another weekend of the play “Birth.”  But all along, we wondered if our message was…

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Birth Affirmation No. 1

2 Apr

You are enough

Just as you are, right now in this moment, you are enough.

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Image source: kindovermatter.com

ok´sētō´sin: noun

15 Mar

Let’s talk. Oxytocin is a hormone that the human pituitary gland secretes for cervical dilation, during lactation (the letdown), positive social interactions, during orgasm and leads to an increase in bonding between people, increased trust, and decreased fear. And the pharmaceutical drug Pitocin does not affect the body in the same way. As noted by the doctor Michel Odent, one of the main differences is that Pitocin does not cross the blood-brain barrier, meaning Pitocin does not reach the brain and has no effect on behavior like the natural hormone oxytocin does. “The second difference is that the natural hormone must be released by pulsations in order to be effective. Intravenous injection is continuous; this [explains] why the doses of synthetic oxytocin must be comparatively high to be effective.” Your incredible body knows what it is doing during labor. Trust it. Trust yourself, and believe that you can birth your baby.

Source: Womb Ecology
Image Credit: Heather Cushman-Dowdee

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The What Is Connected To The – What Now??

7 Mar

Pregnant 17 y/o called today hysterical because she had swallowed her tongue stud. The reason for such drama? ‘Scared the baby might swallow it.’

Really? REALLY? It was Socrates, a Greek philosopher, who argued that we as people should ‘Know thyself.’ Know your body. Learn about how it works during pregnancy, breastfeeding, and later in life. You have a responsibility as a pregnant woman to educate yourself. Educating yourself helps YOU make informed decisions about your health, well-being, and the health and well-being of your child. Read! Ask questions. Take a class. No one can guarantee the outcome of your labor and birth, but you have to take it upon yourself to be prepared. And education is a vital part of preparation.


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Quote Source: Labor and Deliverance



Genetic Effects of Hardship

6 Mar

Wow – incredible! It’s already been proven that the stress a mother experiences during pregnancy does affect her birth outcome. A recent Wall Street Journal article points to studies that show how the metabolism of a fetus can be altered in response to events the mother experiences. AND these effects can be passed on to future generations. In other words, what a mother experiences during pregnancy and birth can affect her child on into adulthood.

So, take care of yourselves, mamas! It’s not just the physical stress — but emotional, situational, mental and more — that you should be aware of during pregnancy.

Read the complete article here.

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Keep Going!

28 Nov

I'm not telling you it is going to be easy. I'm telling you it's going to be worth it.

Have you felt this way during labor? You CAN. Remember this! You can birth this baby and you can make it through.

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Welcome baby boy!

22 Nov

A little bit of baby love, aka Birth Her Way clients

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Video: Let’s Get It (Labor) Started

15 Nov

Maybe this will bring a smile to those of you that are approaching or have passed your “guess date,” as I like to call it. Remember that your estimated due date is NOT an expiration date. Waiting for your baby (or babies!) to come when ready and on baby’s timing ensures that your body is ready for labor as well. Watch, have a laugh, and be sure to read the caption.

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