Ask an Honest Midwife: Is a Homebirth in a Big City Safe?

Although I am now retired from the practice of midwifery, I am here to answer your questions about home birth, birth centers, natural birth, and anything else you ever wanted to ask a "crunchy" midwife. Feel free to send in your questions.

My Postpartum, Part 2

I am finally in love with mothering. Finally.

Finally.

It's been 14 months since my daughter was born and it is only now that I can say I enjoy and embrace my role as a mother. Only now.

My Postpartum, Part 1

I stare down at her and I am filled with fury. Fury that she has wrecked my world. Despair, because I have to live in this hellish new reality. Resentful, that she needs me so much.

When Pain Becomes Suffering

Every one of us knows that labor is no walk in the park. Let’s be real: it’s usually downright painful and despite what some people claim, there’s no such thing as orgasmic birth. However, the pain you experience in labor does not always mean you are suffering. Allow me to explain!

Misperceptions are common about Miscarriage

This study published online in May in the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal called "A National Survey on Public Perceptions of Miscarriage" asked about perceptions about miscarriage. Not surprisingly, most who answered the questionnaire have many misconceptions about miscarriage.

15 Ways to Survive Hyperemesis Gravidarum

Hyperemesis Gravidarum is nausea and vomiting on steroids. It's awful - just ask anyone who's had it. It’s good that the condition is recognized with a day of its own.

May 15th is Hyperemesis Gravidarum Day. Who knew?

I was surprised to learn that Hyperemesis Gravidarum had a day to call its own and pleased that this unpleasant condition has been recognized as a serious problem. Here are 15 facts about hyperemesis gravidarum.

A Centered Pregnancy

Group prenatal care. Sounds a little weird, doesn’t it? That’s what I initially thought. Little did I know the wonders of such a thing.

Gate Control and How it Can Affect Your Birth

What’s the first thing you do if you smack your funny bone? Without even thinking about it, you rub your elbow. You’re using gate control to alleviate your pain - even if you don’t have any idea what that is. What does this mean for labor?

A Mother’s Day Challenge for Childless Moms

Holidays can be stressful times for many of us. High expectations, family tensions, forced “happiness,” and rigid traditions can cause sadness and frustration. All we can see are our perceived failures at creating a life that meets an ideal.

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