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Benjamin’s Birth Story

January 29, 2015

Not too soon before Benjamin was conceived, I miscarried. It was an early loss, but I was devastated. As a birth worker, I knew miscarriages weren’t uncommon and believed it was nature’s way of making sure that the baby was compatible with life. Still, I couldn’t help but wonder if it was something I did. As a Lactation Educator, I believe the vast majority of women are able to conceive and sustain pregnancies while breastfeeding, but the intense contractions I experienced in those early weeks of pregnancy while…

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Motherhood

Judah’s Birth Story

December 21, 2011

When I became pregnant with Judah in early 2010 there was an increasing awareness of birth culture and choices in childbirth in the United States. With unnecessary interventions on the rise, documentaries like The Business of Being Born, books like Ina May Gaskin’s Guide to Childbirth, and the Birth Without Fear movement aimed to restore childbirth as a natural human experience instead of a medical emergency.  I debated between wanting a natural, or physiological childbirth at home or in the in the hospital. I decided I felt more comfortable at the…

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