Birth in the Know

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Your Baby Doesn’t Need a Decorated Nursery and all the Latest Gadgets

I know you want to make the nursery look nice, and make sure you have all the equipment your friends said you must have. This has nothing to do with your baby, and everything to do with the culture we live in. It seems that so many parents are concerned with the stuff a baby …

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The Time I dropped my Baby Son: A “Bad” Parenting Moment

James, my second born, was 5 weeks old. I switched his position in the sling (standing on grass, luckily), and he slithered through to the ground. He was crying and definitely stunned, but otherwise okay. I was not okay. I felt like an idiot and the worst parent in the world.  It took me a while to …

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HOW YOUR BELIEFS SHAPE YOUR EXPERIENCE OF BIRTH AND MOTHERING?

ARE YOU WILLING TO CHALLENGE THOSE FOR A BETTER OUTCOME? What you believe is your operating system that creates your experience.  You might have heard that thoughts become things, and believing is seeing, and you create your own reality.  This either resonates with you, you believe it wholeheartedly, or perhaps you are having a challenge …

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FIVE LIKELIHOODS OF THE FOURTH TRIMESTER OF BIRTH

There is much attention paid to the first three trimesters of pregnancy. The one that follows birth is somehow forgotten. The childbearing year includes the first three months after birth. Education and preparation for this time are necessary too. This is the transition period of life outside the womb, for the baby. This is the …

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ESSENCE OF BEING A DOULA

The direct translation of the Greek word doula is “of service” or “servant.” This term was originally coined by anthropologist Dana Rafael in the 1970s in her book The Tender Gift. This book extolled the benefits of a woman to woman support after birth, particularly with breastfeeding and recovery. Over the years the role of the doula has expanded. The …

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