Category: Birth

Thoughts on birth - labor & delivery, drug-free births, birth centers, birth stories, etc.

This is What A Mom of 4 Packs in Her Hospital Bag

My fourth baby is due in three days! I have been working through my to-do list at a super fast pace. These waiting days are both highly productive and snail slow. I'm patiently (impatiently!) awaiting the moment when I will meet my little boy face-to-face. Since we will be delivering at a birth center, my […]

10 Reasons NOT to Get an Epidural

"I don't know if I can do this," I whisper it into the blurry room. The contraction begins to rise and I scream, sing, breath, and pray simultaneously. With a final push, the crescendo, her body slips through mine. I catch her and bring her to my chest, elated. Three natural childbirths later and I […]

How to Prepare for a Natural Childbirth

For each of my three labors, I chose pain over pain medication. Each time, I was afraid. For my second and third babies, tears welled in my eyes as labor started because I knew the great agony that lie ahead...and yet I also knew the great reward. I held fast to the promise of a […]

Standard Labor Bag by Duffle Your Bag [giveaway]

Here's the complete list of what I packed in my labor bag for the birth center - including what I did and didn't end up using. I started with an awesome pre-packed labor bag by Duffle Your Bag. It was a wonderful luxury and provided me with a fantastic place to pack all of my […]

Meet Audrey Jane

   Born on Friday, April 13 5:10pm 8 pounds 10 ounces 20.5 inches long We are at home - resting, grateful. More photos + a birth story soon.

a tribute to the Tucson birth center

Exactly two months from today, she'll be two. She laughs easily, tells stories with animation, and has the cutest little waddly-run you've ever seen. I often think of the night I first met her. 8:30pm - on the dot. She arrived in the water. I was on all fours. Tim caught her from behind. We were […]

Midwife, OB, or Family Practitioner : how to choose a caregiver

Choosing a caregiver for your prenatal care, labor, & delivery is an important decision - one that will undoubtedly shape your entire birth experience. It's certainly not a matter that should be taken lightly. The first thing to remember is that Midwives, OBs, and Family Practitioners are people. That's not rocket science, right? But it's […]

4 Things Obstetricians Do That Drive Me Crazy

***I want to start this post by saying that I am truly grateful for Obstetricians and the life-saving surgeries that they perform. They have much knowledge and their skilled hands have undoubtedly helped many women and babies survive in dire circumstances.*** I remain unconvinced, however, that OBs are the best caregivers for women with normal, […]

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