Sacred Severance: “Birthday Candle” Cord Burning Ceremony

I made a few different choices for my second birth, one of which was eschewing the cord-cutting tradition. Instead of clamping and cutting J’s umbilical cord we held a sacred severance ceremony, an ancient ritual that involves using flame to slowly burn the cord. It was a beautiful and peaceful few minutes dedicated to J’sContinue reading “Sacred Severance: “Birthday Candle” Cord Burning Ceremony”

Book Review: “Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering”

Heading into the world of mothering can feel confusing. Overwhelming. Scary. It’s not always clear who’s “right” about what, or where we can get complete information we trust, or how we can manifest the gentle kind of experience most of us want. How do we know what to learn first? What matters most — whatContinue reading “Book Review: “Gentle Birth, Gentle Mothering””

Book Review: “Indie Birth: A Story of Radical Birth Love”

I first read “Indie Birth: A Story of Radical Birth Love” during my time working through the Birth Warrior Project, which aims to enlighten doulas on this “radical” perspective of birthing. It is written by Maryn Green and Margo Blackstone, two independent midwives (and independent thinkers) who share the stories involved in their embrace ofContinue reading “Book Review: “Indie Birth: A Story of Radical Birth Love””