Reclaiming Our Birthrights

By Melissa C. Feldman | September 17, 2010

By Melissa Feldman By reclaiming our connection to nature, women get in touch with their nurturing skills, which help to preserve our own species. According to an article “Wild at Heart” that appeared in O The Oprah Magazine in July 2002: “Women know in our bodies, our souls and our histories what it means to […]

Chewy Oatmeal Bars

By Cathy Daub, PT CD, CCE (BWI) | September 10, 2010

Combine, mixing well: 2 Ripe bananas 1/2 cup agave nectar 8 oz. plain organic yogurt 2 eggs 2 Tablespoons of sunflower oil 2 Tablespoons of unsweetened soy milk In another bowl, mix: 1 1/2 cups whole wheat flour 1 teaspoon baking soda 1 teaspoon cinnamon 1/2 teaspoon salt 1/4 cup dried coconut 1. Preheat oven […]

Not So Safe

By Mali Schwartz | September 3, 2010

By Mali Schwartz, BirthWorks International Board of Director-Secretary I was 23 when I had my first child, my first and only son. He was born in the summer of 1975, at the very height of the natural childbirth movement. I remember being diligent about going to my Lamaze classes, accompanied by my husband. I really […]

Choices In Childbirth

By Cathy Daub, PT CD, CCE (BWI) | August 27, 2010

At every turn of life, there is a choice to make. When I was pregnant with my daughter, who was a single footling breech, I had to decide whether to go into labor or opt for a Cesarean two weeks before my due date like the doctors advised. I took the time to think about […]

Breastfeeding; Not So Pure And Simple

By Joan-e Rapine, CCE, CLC, CLE | August 18, 2010

This is a wonderful article written by one our our BirthWorks Educators and Trainers, Joan-e Rapine. This article was also published in our newsletter, vol. 7 issue 3. Breasfeeding – Not So Pure & Simple Excerpts from a paper on Beyond the Breast-Bottle Controversy by Penny Van Esterik (Rutgers, 1989) By Joan-e Rapine, CCE The […]

Workshop Review: Raleigh, North Carolina

By Laura Farnsworth | August 10, 2010

The is a lovely review, written by Laura Farnsworth, of our 2006 North Carolina Childbirth Educator workshop. The BirthWorks weekend retreat was nothing like I had experienced before. Through guided exercises, we explored feelings and philosophies about birth, discussed our relationships with our mothers, identified feelings of blame and guilt and released grief over past […]

Recipe: Lactation Cookies

By Cathy Daub, PT CD, CCE (BWI) | August 3, 2010

These delicious cookies are used to help a breastfeeding mother increase her milk supply. They taste great and really work! If you have any other helpful hints for increasing your supply please feel free to post them in out comments section! LACTATION COOKIES Ingredients 1 C butter 1 C sugar 1 C brown sugar 4 […]

Workshop Review: "Three Days of Love"

By Brittany McCollum CCE(BWI), CD(Dona) | July 28, 2010

by Brittany Sharpe McCollum One woman’s first hand account of her beautiful experience attending a Childbirth Educator Workshop held in Cherry Hill, NJ My South Philly backyard has become Monterrosso and this cheap glass of Chianti is now straight from the hills of Tuscany. It’s amazing what three days of love can do. I have […]