This is a quote from Sunni Karll, excerpted from
"Making A Difference:A Blueprint for Harmony"
Midwifery Today Issue 58
"To the baby, birth is about being received. We unfold the world and know our value when received
with love and acceptance, in our own perfect tim- ing. If someone yanks us out of a place intrusively, we naturally recoil
and go within in order to maintain balance against this outside force. The difference of being "received"compared
to being "forced" results in opening to this world or shielding ourselves from it. Out of this experience comes
baby's first decision: either "the world is a friendly place" or "the world is a hostile place." "This
decision is the initial filter that determines if baby opens to or shields herself from the world, from then on.
The experience of birth determines the vibration of life that a soul will live and filters the way that person experiences
the world. This vibration becomes their blueprint. Only by creating a birth of absolute safety, gentleness, warmth and acceptance,
internal peace, love and a state of wonder can we have a baby who knows within, "I am all this. I am secure and loved."
Labor Pain: An In
Depth Pregnancy Topic
: Labor Pain
following article speaks to the topic of "labor pain", something most every woman who is pregnant, both before they
are in labor and certainly while they are in labor
is pondering over
and most likely has a certain amount of apprehension about. The article points to the different stages of labor and
the corresponding different levels
of what I call INTENSITY of contractions
and how to "approach" these intensities of contractions.
article also points to situations and conditions that effect the intensity of contractions. The most important of these
being tensions that the mom is experiencing, whether the tension comes from past experiences in her own life, or the current
environment she is in during labor.
The article also talks about various kinds of "labor pain relief" and what
factors can effect the choices the mom makes.
Making Birth Better Beyond the 'Mommy Wars'
By Rachel Marie Stone, Huff Post Parents Feb. 2013
This article looks at the birth from a different lens then just homebirth vs.
hospital birth. It delves into the hospital and insurance industry and the costs and profits ( for the provider)
of different procedures. Who pays, who benefits. The reasons for ealy deliveries,
and the safety of various procedures to both the mom and baby. "Its not a question of who's right,
or which side you're on. it's about finding policies and practices that make
it easier to do what's best for women, which is to say, what's best for everyone."
Questions about Prenatal Ultrasound and the Alarming Increase in Autism
by Caroline Rodgers
note: This article first appeared in Midwifery Today Issue 80, Winter 2006.
This very important article deals with ultra sound exams and the effects on the fetus. The
issue of Ultra sounds
and how many and their side effects has long been
a standing debate between ACOG and those of us who advocate
childbirth. In the article below Caroline Rodgers points to the alarming rate of autism in children, as the rate
of ultrasounds increase. The article is well researched and documented. Definitely worth reading.
Childbirth Benefits Seen In Clamping the Cord Later
By Nicholas Bakalar
New York Times
Nov. 29, 2011
The following article points out the many benefits to the baby when the umbilical cord is left
alone to finish
pulsating, before it is clamped and cut. The article
points to a study done showing how "Waiting three minutes or longer
before clamping a newborn’s umbilical cord reduces the prevalence of iron deficiency at four months...."
Delayed Cord Clamping
Midwifery Care for the VBAC Woman
By Gloria LeMay,
First appearing in MIdwifery Today - Spring 2001
following article shows many areas and examples where the difference between midwifery care for the mom and baby, prenatally
, during the birth and
in the postpartum period differ significantly. The
prenatal visits are much longer and concerned with EVERYTHING that is going on with the mom; not just
physically, but in her life. Midwives know that this ALL effects how the baby develops , the
birth, and most likely, how the baby progesses after birth, including
The birth, of course, is different... in all aspects from the environment to the respect for the process and the mom including
the delivery itself.
Benefits of Reading To A Baby In The Womb
Livestrong.com (The Limitless Potential of You)
By Elizabeth Moore
This article points to the many benefits of reading to your
baby before they are born. The baby can "hear" your voice and
recognize it immediately upon birth. A recent NIH (National Instit-
ute of Health) study points out that "A prenatal enrichment approach
includes stimulating the baby in utero through singing, reading
talking, all of which are believed
to enhance a baby's intellectual
Reading In The Womb