I am disgusted by the systemic racism in maternal care after reading this shocking report just released by Amnesty International. Not only does this report describe how broken our birthing industry is, it describes a dark side that my look-at-me-birth-so-ecstatically white self is embarrassed by. “The awful truth behind the shocking numbers is that at … More Birthing While Black. There, I said it.
Some great ideas in this article. Below is an excerpt that I think puts this event in perspective. Ladies so much care into planning their wedding day, but act like a child’s birth is just happening to them and it’s beyond them to actually craft it into a sacred homecoming. Of course, you can get … More Creatively Financing Your Home Birth | Central Florida Green Guide
Written by Julie Norris | Photos by Cristy Nielsen Ten centimeters — the golden labor measurement. Being informed and believing in your body’s natural ability are the first steps toward exploring the many approaches that offer a kind and gentle experience into motherhood. Documentaries such as Ricki Lake’s The Business of Being Born and the … More 10 Centimeters
Wow, the New York Times…awesome! “The Tuba City Regional Health Care Corporation is different. Its hospital, run by the Navajo Nation and financed partly by the Indian Health Service, prides itself on having a higher than average rate of vaginal births among women with a prior Caesarean, and a lower Caesarean rate over all. As … More NYT: Lessons at Indian Hospital About Births
The article below appears in the March/April edition of Velocity Magazine which was dedicated to the topic of the Divine Feminine. I had a dickens of a time writing it, as alluded to here and this post helped validate and clear-up my thoughts on the whole domestic issue. Anywho, here’s the article in full. I … More Mamamorphosis
During five o’clock rush hour traffic yesterday, came this news: “There was a five percent increase in out-of-hospital births in 2005, says an analysis just out from the National Center for Health Statistics. The proportion of births outside hospitals held steady in 2006. That year, more than 38,000 babies (of more than 4 million babies … More Heard it on NPR: Home Births Rise, Mostly By Choice
Yes!!!! The article I’ve been waiting for, from my most favoritest magazine – aptly titled, “Yes!” I had no idea there was a name for the movement I yearned for. Radical Homemakers. I like it! “Long before we could pronounce Betty Friedan’s last name, Americans from my generation felt her impact. Many of us born … More Meet the Radical Homemakers by Shannon Hayes — YES! Magazine
Hey ya’ll. So, I need your expertise. I’m writing an article with a central theme of the role of community in birthing (thanks Amber for the idea!) and while I have some serious ideas of my own, of course, I’d like to ask ya’ll your opinion on the subject. I’d like to see: how sharing … More Need your input on the role of community in birthing!
Early in Free for All: Fixing School Food in America (University of California Press, 2010) former Texas Agriculture Secretary Susan Coombs declares that, “it will take 2 million angry moms to change school food.” Based on what we now know of the dreary state of our children’s cafeteria fare, there must be at least that … More Two Million Angry Moms and One Sociologist: A Review of Free for All
I’ve long admired the work of Brian Feldman & was glad I got to participate in a portion of this latest work of his. It’s probably his most important statement to date. As I was standing there, baby strapped to my chest, contemplating getting married for some reason other than love, joking about whether or … More I’m not engaged. Or married, thank goddess!