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You Learned to Breathe When You Were Born

by Cathy Daub CCE, CD (BWI) Do you believe pregnant women need to be taught how to breathe when preparing for their labors?  Just as women are born with the knowledge about how to give birth, so they have also learned to breathe when they were born.  There are a number of concerns about trying […]

And My Tears Flow

By Loralee Pendedrgast, CCE (BWI) Attending a birth as a doula can bring out many emotions, especially for a doula who has given birth herself.  This is true for me.  I have been to many births as a doula and there has not been a single birth that I didn’t shed some tears.  I shed […]

Food As Medicine Event

  The Food As Medicine (FAM) event held in Cherry Hill, MJ was a tremendous success. Kayla Gorrell led us in simple yoga stretches between lectures.  Michelle Aurich, cheerleader for the Eagles, described how the Plantbased diet and decreased stress helped her cure her skin disease.  A fabulous vegan breakfast and lunch were served.  Be […]

The Rhombus of Michaelis

By Cathy Daub with extracts from midwife, Jean Sutton “The Rhombus of Michaelis?” people ask, “What’s that??”  Most women giving birth have never heard of it before and yet it plays a key part in every birth.  I first heard about it from midwife Jean Sutton in New Zealand.  She went back and studied the […]

The Media

by Tara Thompson,  Doula Student   BWI I truly believe the media as a whole does a grave disservice to mothers-to-be when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. The majority of what we see on television inaccurately portrays birth in ways that leave women feeling fearful and having unrealistic expectations of their upcoming birth. It also […]

A Mothering/Fertility Slavic Textile Doll

by Yulia Welk, CCE, BWI Crafts can serve a role of ritual, strength and healing through working with mental images, fabric and old handmade Russian tradition of making charm dolls. I have been making Russian traditional fabric dolls for five years now, they are very numerous and unique (check my Instagram at yulia_welk).  I currently […]

ACED Workshop NJ

Our birthright as women is the feminine creative energy present in the peak of our fertility and wellness: conception, pregnancy, childbearing, and nurturing. Power and intuition are inherent in each woman’s body. I love that all of BirthWorks’ lessons, experiences, and interactions honor this creative energy, and acknowledge pregnancy and childbearing as a healthy and […]

Birthing In The Spirit – Book Review

As I started my Doula/Birth Educator journey, “Birthing in the Spirit”, was the first book that I began to read. Maybe it was the flashy purple cover, or the catchy title, but something in me stirred when I saw this book. I was so excited to start reading it and discover the contents. This book […]

Where is the pelvis? The Importance of an Upright Pelvis in Birth

We often ask, “Where is the baby?” in a pregnant woman, but even more important is the question “Where is the pelvis?”  A new vision is urgently needed in birth.  Anatomically, babies are supposed to be born “out the back.”  In the diagram here of a woman on a bike, note that even in an […]

WHO recommendations: non-clinical interventions to reduce unnecessary caesarean sections1

Just 40 years ago when I first gave birth, a cesarean was still considered an operation done only for specific life-threatening conditions as well as when having had a prior cesarean.   Today, it has become an accepted, if not almost routine, way of giving birth.  What has caused this significant and disturbing trend?  Concerns about […]