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Mommy Guilt

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I hear the term Mommy Guilt way too much. More than we should be thinking about it at least. As mothers and parents we should be focusing on doing the best job raising our own children, not giving others a guilt trip because of the way they raise their children. Unfortunately in our society that […] [Read More]

Celebrity Home Births

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Even though the thought of giving birth at home is still a continually taboo subject surrounded by a large amount of ignorance, and misinformation, there are a ton of celebrities option to give birth to their children in the comfort of their own home, even while being surrounded by all the scheduled births, and c-sections […] [Read More]
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Pitocin

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April is Cesarean Awareness Month

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Unknown to most people, along with Autism Awareness Month, April is Cesarean Awareness Month. When I discuss this with local mothers — and sometimes health care providers — most question the need for an entire month to promote awareness on surgical birth. Through the local chapter of The International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN of Connecticut) […] [Read More]

Episiotomies

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In my mother’s generation, the baby boomers who were giving birth in the last 20-40 years, episiotomies were routine for the vast majority of women going into the hospital to give birth. It hasn’t been until recent years that the medical community really started to question the benefits of the procedure, and how effective and […] [Read More]

Milford for Justin : 6 year old searches for Bone Marrow Match

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Justin was diagnosed with T-Cell Acute Lymphatic Lymphoma in March of 2009, one day after he turned 6 years old. Since then Justin has undergone chemotherapy and radiation treatment to help fight his battle against cancer. Justin was doing good until about a month ago, when he had a relapse. Doctors currently say his best […] [Read More]

Avoiding a Cesarean during Stalled Labor

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I came across this video on youtube, and I thought it was an amazing resource. Enjoy! [Read More]

What Do I Really Need (Part 5)

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Continuing with my series of What Do I Really Need for a baby, we move on to part 5 today. If you are unfamiliar with this series, feel free to look back at parts 1 through 4 What Do I Really Need Part 1 What Do I Really Need Part 2 What Do I Really […] [Read More]

More new Cesarean Statistics

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Since the NIH VBAC Conference, and the Post Cesarean Feelings Survey posts that have been going on, I have been trying to avoid any other cesarean related posts or information for the simple overkill factor. But these numbers that came out today from the National Center for Health Statistics just could not be pushed to […] [Read More]
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Why I am Happy about Health Care Reform!

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For myself, and many women who have had previous cesarean births, this health care reform is a victory for us. But there are also other huge positives for the childbirth community, as well as maternity care system in the United States with this. I will start with previous cesarean mothers. Whether you know it or […] [Read More]