Dancing for Birth

A sweet soul in our community, long-time doula Cynthia Koerner is bringing Dancing for Birth(TM) to Central Florida. It’s this Saturday, March 27th at 2pm, and you need to register in advance. Learn More & Register The prenatal/postpartum dance classes incorporate dance moves from around the world that best prepare you to give birth. You’ll … More Dancing for Birth

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Birthing While Black. There, I said it.

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.

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Creatively Financing Your Home Birth | Central Florida Green Guide

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

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10 Centimeters

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

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NYT: Lessons at Indian Hospital About Births

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

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Reducing Infant Mortality

Listen to Obstetricians, Doulas, Neonatologists, Midwives, Psychologists, Pediatricians, and other Physicians explain how our health care system is failing babies and mothers and what we can do about it. This is a great short featuring Orlando’s own Jennie Joseph. Watch the full video here: http://www.reducinginfantmortality.com About the Film: The current US Health Care System is … More Reducing Infant Mortality

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Heard it on NPR: Home Births Rise, Mostly By Choice

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

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Need your input on the role of community in birthing!

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!

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