Birth: The Mystery

by Mali Schwartz A physician who specializes in infertility problems told his colleague the following: “One day I was peering through a microscope at a fertilized ovum, and I realized that all that this cell will have is carbon, oxygen, hydrogen, nitrogen and a few trace metals; and from this single cell will develop a …

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Book Review: The Essential Homebirth Guide

by Jane Beal, PhD, CD (DONA), CCE (BWI), CLS The Essential Homebirth Guide is my new favorite book. It is wondrous, wise, and woman-centered. It is really the only book like it on the market for families planning or considering birthing at home. It’s also a great resource for homebirth midwives and childbirth educators looking …

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Semetics of Birth

  Semantics of Birth       Brittany Sharpe McCollum, CCE(BWI), CD(DONA)   Language has incredible potential to build community, strengthen concepts and definitions, and create empowerment. With these great strengths comes the conflicting  potential to to segregate, disempower, and induce fear. Just recently in a class I facilitated, an expectant dad brought up the …

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Fear In Labor

by Cathy Daub, BWI President A few weeks ago when I was seeking donations for the silent auction at our recent Celebrating Birth event, I walked into a store. The woman at the counter was about seven months pregnant with her first baby. We started talking about her plans for giving birth. As I was …

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What is Primal Health?

By Mali Schwartz Michel Odent, pioneer of Primal Health In thinking about how birth has been viewed throughout the ages, it wasn’t that long ago that childbirth was considered a mystery – one that engendered both fear and joy. The process of how an embryo developed in the uterus or how the actual birth could …

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Pushing Past My Comfort Zone: Childbirth Educator Workshop in Huntsville, AL

By Shandus Parish   I attended the BirthWorks Childbirth Educator workshop on February 1-3, 2013, in Huntsville, AL, with facilitator Sally Healey. Although the weekend was packed with challenging exercises and conversation, I had a wonderful experience engaging in self-reflection, learning a great deal about myself, and forging deeper relationships with a group of women …

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Oxytocin: The Hormone of Love

Kerstin Unvas-Moberg This is Part Two of BWI President Cathy Daub’s report on the Mid-Pacific Womb Ecology Conference, held in Honolulu, HI in October of 2012. From a lecture by Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg MD, PhD Kerstin Uvnas-Moberg began her lecture by describing oxytocin as a highly charged protein that does not pass membranes easily. Thus, it …

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Birth Is Instinctive

  By Cathy Daub, BWI President When Roanna Rosewood contacted me and asked me to be part of her birth visionaries platform for the launching of her new book “Cut, Stapled, and Mended,” I immediately accepted. Her book is her story of having had two cesareans followed by a VBAC. It is conversational and enjoyable …

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Book Review: Optimal Care in Childbirth

–> by Jane Beal, PhD, CD(DONA), CCE(BWI), CLS Henci Goer and Amy Romano, Optimal Care in Childbirth: The Case for the Physiological Approach (Seattle: Classic Day Publishing, 2012). 583 pp. $46 Paperback / $39 Kindle. After a friend had a “pushed” birth followed by an unnecesarean a few years ago, I gave her a copy …

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