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Childbirth Feelings Matter

Don’t Let Anybody Steal Your Thunder

Your feelings about your experiences in childbirth are your own. Whether it was good or bad, women should not be judged or shamed for feeling either satisfied or disappointed with the experience. Let me paint this picture: After experiencing an unsuccessful three-day long induction resulting in a cesarean followed by hemorrhaging and blood transfusions to…

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Why I Carry My Baby

Why I Carry My Baby

I love to carry my babies.  I also like to be comfortable and maneuverable.  For those reasons, and the ones below, I’m passionate about sharing the “babywearing” love.  And in honor of International Babywearing Week, I’m happy to share that passion with you. 1. Baby is close to you.   On your back, side or front.  You…

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What Do Contractions Feel Like?

What Does A Contraction Feel Like?

Will it hurt? Will I know I’m in “real” labor? How are labor contractions different from Braxton-Hicks contractions? You’re not the first one to ask these question.  Every first time mom asks and many repeat mothers do, too!  It’s very hard to imagine ahead of time what the physical sensation of a contraction feels like….

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These Are Days You'll Remember

These Are Days You’ll Remember

Pregnancy. Our future. The hope of something magical and joyful. The near certainty of falling in love with the most beautiful person you’ve ever seen, your newborn baby. Despite the aches, pains, burps and stretch marks, pregnancy is a glorious time. I recall being so full of excitement, hope, love and joy with the growing child…

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Birth Story Healing

Birth Story Healing

Birth is a highly emotional experience. How we are treated and the joy or trauma that we go through can stay with us forever. Nearly every mother I’ve ever met, no matter what age, remembers and easily shares details of her experiences giving birth. Just as it takes time to heal physically it also takes time…

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Placenta Pills

Placenta Services Now at Buddha Belly!

In Placenta: the Forgotten Chakra, noted author, midwife and poet, Robin Lim, CPM, counts the benefits to a mother of consuming her placenta immediately after giving birth. “The placenta is so rich in nutrients that is believed to prevent postpartum depression when ingested.  It contains iron and all the minerals that a high-quality meat can…

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Breastfeeding Musings

Letting Go – Breastfeeding

While I was lying with my son tonight helping him go back to sleep (without offering the breast) I felt proud of both of us and yet a little bit sad. He is 2 years and 8 months old. We are still breastfeeding, but a lot less than even just a few weeks ago. He…

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Baby Preps Stressing You Out?

Code Red Baby Preps

I remember the urgent feeling of needing to have a crib before my first son was born. It felt so important. For some reason we left it til the very end of my pregnancy. The feeling of relief and preparedness that crib provided once it was sitting in our bedroom set-up and ready with the…

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Lightning Crotch

Lightning Crotch – What Is Effacement?

Recently, a laboring mother had us, her birth team, laughing and giggling with the words she used to describe the sensations she was having.  A particularly funny phrase she kept using was “Lightning Crotch,” to describe a stinging, burning, pins and needles type of feeling right in the crotch, not during a contraction but in between or just after. It…

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Pregnancy & Infant Loss

My Pregnancy Loss

After my first son was born via emergency cesarean with a special scar, I longed for a VBAC and peaceful happy birth experience. Four and a half years later I was pregnant again. Soon after discovering I was pregnant the morning sickness (aka all-day-nausea) set in. It was the worst I had experienced.  My first pregnancy…

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Jack's Homebirth

Jack’s Homebirth – VBAC after Special Scar

On the third anniversary of my son Jack’s birth I decided to share some photos. I have yet to fully finish writing down his birth story in detail, but these photos say a lot. They also give an idea of what a homebirth can be like. Buddha Belly Birth doulas support families in any location they choose to give birth whether it’s at home, a birth…

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Baby Shane

Shane’s Birth Story

Eight years ago today I gave birth to my first son, Shane. I have never published his birth story and it seemed appropriate today to share it. (*This story may be triggering for some.) “Sometimes the bad things that happen in our lives put us directly on the path to the most wonderful things that…

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