A Birth Plan Isn’t What You Think It Is

Hard truth time: a “Birth Plan” isn’t really a birth plan. Many people have already suspected as such, which is why it’s often reframed as “Birth Preferences” or “Birth Wishes,” yet remains in mostly the same format: a description of the ideal birth outcome, and procedures that won’t be accepted. Your true birth plan involvesContinue reading “A Birth Plan Isn’t What You Think It Is”

My 3 Favorite Comfort Measures For Labor

1. Visualization This is my personal favorite as I know firsthand the power of visualization for coping with labor sensations. In my second birth story, I wrote about how practicing visualizations in pregnancy helped prepare me for the energetic shifts of labor, during which we experience an altered state of consciousness and move between brainwaveContinue reading “My 3 Favorite Comfort Measures For Labor”

Book Review: “Ancient Map For Modern Birth”

This book is not quite like all the other books. Pam England’s “Ancient Map For Modern Birth” promises a tall order: an “ancient universal map.” The map laid out by Pam England is one that speaks of heroism while facing the unknowns brought to us by the timeless rites of passage duo: birth and parenthood.  Continue reading “Book Review: “Ancient Map For Modern Birth””

Pitocin & Postpartum Depression/Anxiety

First things first: Pitocin is not oxytocin. Oxytocin is the “love hormone” generated in labor that primarily contracts the uterus, but as a brain-based hormone its influence spans the body. It’s very active in the birth giver’s brain, and plays a role in protecting certain receptors in the baby’s brain, too.Pitocin is a synthetic formContinue reading “Pitocin & Postpartum Depression/Anxiety”

Winter Baby Care Tips

It’s a magical time of year… yet still, also a season that sees even the most laid-back of new parents preoccupied with planning around the weather and others’ germs, among other relevant winter concerns. A FEW BASIC BABY CARE TIPS FOR WINTER MONTHS: First, resist the urge to overdress your baby as babies can overheatContinue reading “Winter Baby Care Tips”