I was getting ready for class this weekend, gathering my 'induction methods' demo items. And I felt compelled to write a post covering one of the most standard practice medical options, particularly in hospital settings: Amniotomy, also called AROM (Artificial Rupture of Membranes). So let's learn about it! Why is AROM Performed? The intervention is … Continue reading All About Amniotomy (AROM)
It's time to get into the matter of being picky about who shows up at your birth. I feel it's especially relevant now when tensions are already high and pregnant people are carrying additional stresses into labor. If it were ever THE time to surround yourself with positive, compassionate people, it's now. How can you … Continue reading Who Should Be At Your Birth?
“A heartbreaking home birth leaves a woman grappling with the profound emotional fallout, isolated from her partner and family by a chasm of grief.”film description on Google IMPORTANT: Many are finding Pieces of a Woman to be a wrenchingly difficult story to follow, especially for those affected by loss, sexual abuse, birth trauma, postpartum mood … Continue reading Film Review: Pieces of a Woman
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 brainwave … Continue reading My 3 Favorite Comfort Measures For Labor
“Birth as an American Rite of Passage” is an important book for learning about the different models and perspectives of childbirth, from the medical or technocratic to the holistic or “natural.” A largely controversial topic, I think the text does a nice job tackling this conversation by sharing information and making thoughtful arguments without ostracizing. … Continue reading Book Review: “Birth As An American Rite of Passage”