Ten Tips for a Healthy Postpartum

by Brittany Sharpe McCollum, CCE(BWI), CD(DONA) In an ideal world. the fleeting days of new parenthood are spent cocooned in a warm family bed with meals being prepared and all the family’s basic needs being met. However, the reality is that enjoying the early moments of new parenthood can be a challenge. In a society …

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Creating Sacred Space for Birthing

Creating Sacred Space for Birthing Guest Post By Bethany Hays, MD We are the guardians of the most sacred moment in the lives of women and their families, with implications for the long term health of both. That moment is when nine months of hopes, anxiety, planning, purchasing, celebrating, putting up with being uncomfortable, being …

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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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The Importance of Prenatal Education

By Mali Schwartz There are many prenatal programs that have been developed over the years to help women cope with childbirth.  The first childbirth education programs in America were conceived by men such as Dr. Fernand Lamaze, a French Obstetrician who introduced The Lamaze Method in 1951 through observing birthing techniques in Russia.  Dr. Grantly …

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Silence In Labor

by Mali Schwartz     Why is it so important to create a quiet, peaceful atmosphere during labor?   And how can women take charge of creating a peaceful environment no matter where they choose to give birth? The Leboyer Method, established by Dr. Frederic Leboyer in the 1970s was proven to minimize the trauma and stress …

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Exploring The Home Birth Option

“I really want a home birth but…” How doulas and childbirth educators can help expectant parents explore the home birth option. By Monica Basile, CPM How many times as a doula or childbirth educator have you heard someone say, “I really want a home birth, but…?” Usually this is followed by a list of perceived …

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“What led you to BirthWorks?” 24 Hours in communication

If you’re like so many future parents and educators, you delve deep before making a decision to entrust your education – and in some instances, your child with an organization. This intrigued the staff of BirthWorks International and led us to ask one question – “Why did you choose BirthWorks”. This question, posted online on …

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