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Mother Assisted Cesarean

When I first saw the pictures of the mothers who had MACs (Mother Assisted Births) this week, I knew it was going to be said- that any kind of gentling … Continue reading

January 23, 2015

I Would Walk One Thousand Miles…

So, I’ve had something on my mind lately and I decided I’d share my thought here since it just became a reality in my life. It’s an especially good topic … Continue reading

December 18, 2014

Eight Strategies to Survive Your Perinatal Mood and Anxiety Disorder

I recently came across a research study about how low Socio Economic Status (SES) increases the incidence of perinatal mood disorders. To summarize the findings succinctly and predictably, women who … Continue reading

August 25, 2014

We’re Not in Kansas Anymore…

Today I spent the day at the Clinic for Special Children in Strasburg, PA. The Clinic serves the Plain (Amish/Old Order Mennonite) populations of Lancaster County, PA and the surrounding … Continue reading

April 11, 2014

The Deal With VBAC

Statistics: According to Childbirth Connections: The national U.S. cesarean section rate was 4.5% and near this optimal range [of less than 15%] in 1965 when it was first measured (Taffel … Continue reading

March 18, 2014

The Big Picture…

Yesterday, the Journal of Midwifery &Women’s Health published “Outcomes of Care for 16,924 Planned Home Births in the United States: The Midwives Alliance of North America,  Statistics Project, 2004 to … Continue reading

January 31, 2014

A Time for Every Purpose Under Heaven…

The past several months have held a number of great changes for my family- we’ve moved to a new home, we’ve started attending a new church and we’ve begun finding … Continue reading

October 23, 2013