Just sent in an application to attend the first Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth workshop in years!
Just sent in an application to attend the first Music Therapy Assisted Childbirth workshop in years!
“It was like magic. For me, singing during a contraction was like singing with your diaphragm powered by an ocean wave.”
the birth of Aurora | peace love babies (by Brooke Walsh)
Great energy at this birth. It shows how amazing a hospital birth can be when the mama knows what she wants and is in control of her care. (Check out her awesome doula’s work in the video)
She had a VBAC after a t-incision cesarean
See more info on this birth here
Mom was listening to Fall Out Boy during early labor to help her through contractions. Music is awesome to bring to your birth!
Survivor Moms: Women’s Stories of Birthing, Mothering and Healing after Sexual Abuse will help you discover how sexual abuse affects women during pregnancy and childbirth. You’ll learn from the experiences of 81 women and find suggestions for working together during maternity care and beyond. The book includes resources and information from current research. Suitable for both caregivers and pregnant survivors, Survivor Moms will help anyone whose life has been touched by sexual abuse. Learn more and order here: http://www.midwiferytoday.com/products/MB02.htm
ScienceDaily (Sep. 19, 2012) — A new Cochrane Review concludes that all countries should consider establishing proper home birth services. They should also provide low-risk pregnant women with information enabling them to make an informed choice. The review has been prepared by senior researcher, statistician Ole Olsen, the Research Unit for General Practice, University of Copenhagen, and midwifery lecturer PhD Jette Aaroe Clausen.
Hopefully the US will start taking note. Pregnant people should have every option available to them so they can have the best birth experience possible.
Birthing Justice – Saving Our Lives:
Black Women, Pregnancy and Childbirth
Edited by Julia C. Oparah, Shanelle K. Matthews and Alicia D. Bonaparte.
A project of Black Women Birthing Justice
Birthing Justice – Saving Our Lives will be an anthology of critical essays and personal testimonies that explore African American, African, Caribbean and diasporic women’s experiences of childbirth from a radical social justice perspective. We seek writings by midwives, doulas, natural childbirth advocates, reproductive rights activists, moms and moms-to-be, sociologists, feminist and Africana studies scholars, and historians that document state control and medical violence against black pregnant women, revitalize our birthing traditions, and honor and record empowering and sacred birth experiences. We are particularly interested in essays that document activism and resistance.
Women in Africa and the African diaspora have rich traditions of midwifery and “motherwit”, rooted in the Southern states of the U.S., and in Africa and the Caribbean, that have empowered many thousands of women to give birth naturally without control and supervision by (male) medical professionals. Yet almost a century of scapegoating of “granny” and immigrant midwives, and aggressive efforts to control childbirth by the medical industry, has left many black women in the U.S. unaware of these traditions and unable to access alternatives to a medicalized and often disempowering birth experience.
Far from improving maternal and infant health, the massive expansion of physician-supervised hospital births has arguably resulted in extremely poor maternal outcomes in the U.S., when compared to other industrialized nations. Black women in particular have maternal mortality rates 3 to 4 times that of white women. In Africa and the Caribbean, the adoption of a colonial obstetric model has also undermined women’s indigenous birthing knowledge. Sub-Saharan Africa has the highest infant and maternal mortality rates in the world due to a complex mix of factors, however development approaches to this problem frequently involve training of midwives/sage-femmes in contested Western medical practices.
Black women’s experience of the medicalization and regulation of childbirth is unique, because it has been characterized by both malign neglect and by overt state coercion. Exclusion and control have not been met passively, but have spurred both grassroots activism and covert resistance within communities in Africa and the diaspora.
Topics may include, but are not limited to:
Granny midwives and black immigrant midwives stories
Indigenous midwifery knowledge in Africa and the Caribbean
Childbirth and midwifery knowledge in immigrant communities
The eradication of lay midwifery and granny midwives
Founding of Black women’s birthing centers
Black women and the homebirth movement
Black women and the natural childbirth movement
Black women’s political/legislative activism
Strategies for addressing maternal mortality in the U.S., Africa and the Caribbean
Personal testimonies of empowering and traumatic birth experiences
Medical homophobia and black LGBT experiences
Reproductive technology, surrogacy and the role of science in reconfiguring birth
Transmen’s pregnancy and birth journeys
Ableism and birth experiences of black women with disabilities
Teenage and older women’s birth stories
Birth mother and adoption “triad” birth stories
Health insurance/Health care activism and maternal health
Racism and classism in hospitals and the medical profession
Capitalism and the medical industrial complex
Globalization, poverty and maternal outcomes
Birth experiences of women in prison
Shackling of pregnant women
Grassroots organizing strategies, challenges and successes
Please send a short description of your essay (250 words) and biographical statement (150 words) by September 1, 2012. All submissions should be submitted to email@example.com."
I know of a lot of resources to help people access safe, legal abortion, but I’d like to find more for low-income parents or soon-to-be parents. One of the most commonly listed reasons for getting an abortion is financial strain. Someone who truly wants to be a parent deserves all the help they need. If anyone has any information on the following, whether it’s national, state, or local, and especially if it’s trans* friendly, please reblog or message me!
Financial assistance/providers for:
I think everyone who is “pro choice” should watch a birth and then watch an abortion and then tell me their views.
I’m not entirely sure what the point of that would be.
I’ve watched births before, and I’ve researched abortion procedures.
Still pro-choice, so what are you trying to get at?
yeah I’ve watched a few births which were a lot more bloody than the abortion procedures I’ve heard about. Hell, after we watched a video of a birth in biology a lot of kids were swearing off pregnancy.
I think someone should watch a video of an open heart surgery and then a laproscopic procedure and then tell me their views on them.
I think the original post is hilarious because vaginal births (and c-sections) are much more bloody and graphic than an abortion, in my opinion.
Learning about episiotomies was enough to put me off getting pregnant for life, and I’m pretty sure they showed us the video of childbirth in junior high specifically so we wouldn’t even think about going there. Given the option between pushing a 7-lb baby through a 10-cm hole, and cramping and bleeding for a few days, I don’t really have to hesitate.
And yet, I’ve written multiple posts on exactly how abortions are performed, and I’ve watched home birth videos on Youtube because IT’S BEAUTIFUL, OKAY? I don’t base my moral beliefs on what I think is “icky.”
I’ve been emailing with the president of the group for a couple of months now. She finally got around to “interviewing” me through an email and tomorrow she wants to talk on the phone. Here are her questions:
I noticed that your doula training wasn’t with DONA or CAPPA…we are attempting to be the only DONA certified group (100%) in Jacksonville…would you be opposed to becoming certified? :)
· How many births have you attended thus far?
· What is your personal doula philosophy?
· Are you interested in working with a doula group?
Here is my response:
Personally, I do not wish to be certified through DONA.
I am opposed to receiving an evaluation from my client’s doctor(s)/care providers to receive doula certification. I believe as a doula, the mother’s opinion of how well I support her emotionally and physically is the only valid critique.
I strive to work with the care providers and nurses to bring forward the best support team possible for the mother. I understand that my role as a doula is not medical and because of that, I do not understand DONA’s need for care providers and nurses to evaluate my compassion for the mother’s emotional well-being. This also goes with CAPPA.
Also, I do not approve of DONA’s request for attending only 1 caesarian birth out out of the 3 required for their certification process. Though it may not be what DONA intends to mean, by asking to include just 1 caesarian birth, it seems invalidate the learning experience the doula may have had with her client(s) prior to the birth and post-partum.
All of this being said, I wish to say that this does not mean I do not respect my doula sisters who are DONA or CAPPA certified. I admire the dedication of every woman who realizes her calling to be a doula.
I am proud of my training through Natural Resources. I chose Natural Resources because it is a local gem for mothers, families, and aspiring doulas/midwives like myself. They provide workshops for breast-feeding and first aid, along with support for new moms. Natural Resources also provides parents with doula meet-and-greets which bring the community to meet the area’s doulas.
The training I recieved at Natural Resources to become a birth doula was 27 hours long in all + a 6-hour course on Hypnobirthing provided by a Hypnobirth educator + a 5.5 hour course on labor massage. DONA’s requirements are a 16-hour birth doula course, plus a 12-hour course childbirth education series that can be subsituted for a 7-hour course.
I have attended 4 births while volunteering at SF General. Shifts for each volunteer happen once a month and are 12 hours long.
My doula philosophy is that every labor will end in a birth; that meaning, no matter what plans go astray or what special circumstances arise, a beautiful new person is coming into this world and that should be celebrated in the way the family wants with an amazing support team.
Since becoming a doula, I have wanted to work with a group of doulas. I would love to have a team of friends that can support and be proud of the service I am providing the community, while understanding the compassion.
I understand that when being a doula, we ourselves can become vulnerable to what we hear and see, whether it be joyous or anguish. To have a circle of wonderful ladies as yourselves to comfort and celebrate with me, would be a dream come true.
And I also understand that you serve the whole community, which is why I contacted you. In San Francisco, I reside in one of the most diverse neighborhoods the Bay Area has to offer. 80% of the women who go to SF General are Spanish-speaking, so I have attended births where there is a language barrier. I have also seen doulas attend mothers who were homeless and couldn’t be allowed to keep their children.
I appreciate that all the women I work with and will work with come from all walks of life. It keeps my line our line of work, a learning experience. :)
I work tomorrow at my coffee shop from 7AM - 3PM, making the time I would be able to call you around 3:30PM/ 6:30PM EST time? Would be this OK or is this too late?
Also please give me any feedback on the above. It is great to speak with you and hear your opinions as the starter of a doula group. Also it is an honor for you to provide this opportunity, even if it has just been a couple of emails back and forth!
Thank you so much!
I am hoping this will suffice for why I don’t want to be certified by DONA or CAPPA. I want her to see how passionate I am about this. And how badly I want to be apart of her circle without judging me on why I don’t want to be certified through these organizations.
This is a beautiful letter, and you have had amazing experience in training and volunteering. Any doula circle should be happy to have you!