Intentional birth

Intentional birth

Just 12 weeks and 1 day ago right around this time a full day and a half had passed since my water broke. Acupuncture had unmistakably put me into active labor around 5PM and yet the night took many twists and turns before I finally got to meet my baby boy 10 hours later (and 46 hours after my water broke). Intuition drew me towards our birth team and intuition is who I have to thank for the intentional uninterrupted birth of our healthy baby boy. The twists and turns could have led us in many different possibly scary directions given a different type of care team. Crunchy hypnobirthing education midwife nurses yoga-centered doulas and water birth hopes are not for everyone. To be honest each of those elements were cherries on top to what I REALLY wanted. I wanted a team who would encourage me to trust my body. I wanted everyone in the room to have a holistic big picture...
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CAUTION: pregnancy do’s and don’ts

CAUTION: pregnancy do’s and don’ts

I'm curious: how many things have you been cautioned about doing/NOT doing while pregnant... or while parenting... or while simply living your life? I'm finding that the debates are NUTS about what "should/shouldn't" be done and what is "wrong/right" for momma and baby. Clearly, I'm quite new to this scene, but I've been shocked at BOTH how fear seems to rule one's way of life AND how extreme distrust for "the system" forces people to ward off ANY recommendations. Historically, I'm no better; I've struggled with an extremist mind as long as I can remember, but this process {for me} needs to be far more balanced and grounded than the swings of extreme rule-following or extreme rebellion. Personally, the two ways I find the most peace, freedom AND safety in my decision-making process are through: • a range of research from a variety of sources • my own intuition ...and letting go of the fear & reality of judgment We're all doing the very best we can for ourselves,...
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