Jennifer Juniper

My friend/customer Bethany originally suggested the name Juniper & I decided on it after realizing it was not only totally adorable, but also as close to Jennifer as I could get without the common-ness of it. So Juniper is really a tribute to two important Jen’s in my life – my older sister who transitioned to the other side some years back and my best friend from high school. Her parents alerted me to this old song, which I must immediately purchase and play over & over for my own little Jennifer/Juniper!

Childbirth ORGASMS : The Best Kept Secret of Labor? | ABC News 20/20

The above news coverage is about a film called Orgasmic Birth, which I had the pleasure of viewing last year at a UCF screening hosted by my business neighbors at the Florida School of Holistic Living.

About the film: “Joyous, sensuous and revolutionary, Orgasmic Birth brings the ultimate challenge to our cultural myths by inviting viewers to see the emotional, spiritual, and physical heights attainable through birth. Witness the passion as birth is revealed as an integral part of woman’s sexuality and a neglected human right. With commentary by Christiane Northrup, MD, and midwives Ina May Gaskin, Elizabeth Davis and other experts in the field . . . and stunning moments of women in the ecstatic release of childbirth.”

The Business of Being Born

Must See Movie

Must See Movie

I just got finished watching this awesome documentary about the state of our birthing industry, courtesy of the Orange County Public Library. If you plan on giving birth int his lifetime, this is a MUST watch. The film does a great job of summarizing the differences between homebirth and hospital birth so that you can make an informed choice about which setting is safest for you and baby. (Hint: for normal pregnancies, it’s NOT the hospital). One of the best kept secrets in our country is that women can be transformed and empowered by their birth experience, and once you view this movie, you will begin to understand how far our culture has strayed from this knowledge.

The creators also just launched a social networking website called mybestbirth.com. Check it.

Dancing in Labor

Watch this woman bellydance at over 8cm dialated – how beautiful! From the description:
“Catherine dances through the contractions of established labour. This video was taken when I was around 8cms dilated. When examined at 5.5cms the baby was in a back to back position. After dancing and performing hip circles for a while the baby had turned into a perfect position ready for birth.
At this stage contractions were every 2 minutes. There are two contractions during this movie, the beginning and end of which are marked by me reaching for the TENS machine on my hip.