Birth Stories- A Blog
Read this beautiful
birth story of a home birth. Posted in Sept. 2012
It is uplifting and inspiring... and speaks
to the amazing strength and
insight of women...the struggles, questions and determination of
the mother and child during the birth.
Mother Knows Best, Follow Your Body's Cues Through Childbirth
By Judith Lothian, RN, PHD, LCCE, FACCE
in Lamaze International for Parents
"Your body has sheltered and nurtured
your baby throughout your pregnancy
quite naturally. Birth happens this
way, too. If you let it, your intuition will
guide you. The challenge is
to develop confidence in yourself, trust your inner
wisdom and allow nature
to do its thing."
Trust Your Body
5 Ways Pitocin is Different than Oxytocin
About.com Pregnancy & Childbirth
The following article points out the tremendous increase in inductions
of labor using artifical means like Pitocin and
other inducers ( like Cytotec or Misoprostol, breaking of the water,
foley catheter, stripping membrances etc.). Along with
the increase in inductions is the very significant increase in
premature babies, C-sections and adverse events either during
or following the birth. Oxytocin, the natural hormone
that helps to bring on contractions is a much safer way ( and natural)
way to have your baby.
Pitocin vs. Oxytocin
Four Reasons Why Moving in Labor is Best!!!
Birth Your Way!
Tuesday, Jan. 2012
The following article speaks to the advantages, reasons
and results seen when
moms not only allowed, but encouraged to move around in labor. Staying active
changing positions during labor has long been known to help the baby and the
mom move the process of birth along,
without interventions and only exerting as
much effort and for only as long as the mom feels comfortable.
has been proven... to not only speed up labor... but to actually be a
comfort measure to help decrease the
intensity of the contraction.
Natural Childbirth Vs. Epidural Side Effects and Risks
by Chris Kressler L.AC
for the 21st Century, August 2011
purpose of this series on natural childbirth is to demonstrate that homebirth is as safe
– if not safer – than hospital birth for low risk pregnancies, and that medical interventions
commonly used in hospital births such as epidurals, induction
with synthetic oxytocin and
cesarean sections have risks and complications
that are often not communicated to pregnant women. "
more in this article on the side effects of epidurals.
Epidural Side Effects
Vaginal or Cesarean Birth: What Is at Stake for
women and Babies
Childbirth Connection 2013
The following is a Best Evidence Review of vaginal vs. cesarean section birth. The report contributors, Henci Goer,
Amy Romano and Carol Sakala are well known researchers in the childbirth field. This indepth report should be read
mothers to be...it speaks very frankly to the complications and adverse effects of C-Section
which should be considered
by any mother who is contemplating a "scheduled" section.
C-Section vs. Vaginal Birth
Probiotics in Pregnancy Cut Allergies
By John Gever, Sr.
Editor, MedPage Today
This very interesting article speaks to the advantages for the baby when the mom eats probiotic enhanced dairy
products while pregnant. Less allergies, eczema
etc. The study was done in Norwegi and included over 108,000
pregnant women and their children between 1999 and 2008. No risk of asthma or lower respiratory
The First Hour Following Birth: Don’t Wake
by Michel Odent
© 2002 Midwifery
Today, Inc. All rights reserved.
This is wonderful article by Michel Odent,
a world famous natural childbirth advocate.
Mr. Odent speaks to the importance of the hour immediately following
the birth of a
the reasons why this time frame is so critical for BOTH the mom and the baby.
First Hour After Birth