When your Doctor Chooses for you, They aren’t Choosing FOR you.

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The practice of paternalism in the medical field is becoming more common. Where the patient is tricked into blindly trusting the doctor, because the doctor is believed to be the “educated professional”. What many do not realize is the conflict of interest that comes with their medical suggestions. Convenience and revenue are two factors that…

What Drives your Midwife? Your Desires or the Law.

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There are many different kinds of home birth midwives. There is no one-size-fits-all midwife. They can vary in their education, preferences, titles, some with licensure, and some without. So many variations to consider! There isn’t a midwife who is perfect for everyone, but there is a perfect midwife for everyone who desires to have one!…

The Equilibrium & Trauma

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As birthworkers, we sure talk a lot about preventing trauma by hiring doulas from your very first birth. Prevention is absolutely key, but we need to acknowledge when trauma is already there, too.  As a fair warning, this article mentions triggering words and scenarios that you may not be able to tolerate in every, or…

Preeclampsia; A Free Birther’s Perspective

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When someone says they had to be induced due to preeclampsia a few questions come to mind. How severe were her symptoms? How did her diet look? What did her stress level look like? Did she try to control her symptoms herself? Did she even look into the topic or did she just blindly follow…

Paternalism & How It Is Destroying Births

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Paternalism is “the policy or practice on the part of people in positions of authority of restricting the freedom and responsibilities of those subordinate to them in the subordinates’ supposed best interest.” In the United States, paternalistic healthcare is abundant, ESPECIALLY in Obstetrics and Gynecology offices, and Labor and Delivery rooms. Nurses, OB’s and Midwives,…

Tell the OB to wait in the OR where they belong!

Tell the OB to wait in the OR where they belong!

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Obstetricians, especially males, have ZERO place in a delivery room. Don’t get me wrong, they have a place! As trained surgeons they belong in the OR, waiting for a TRUE emergency. Obstetric violence has been a thing since obstetrics began many years ago. A small look into the history of obstetrics would leave you disgusted…

Trailing Membranes: A Stage 5 Clinger Sac

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The amniotic sac, though strong enough to hold a baby, or multiple, for a full term pregnancy, is also very delicate. As baby’s head tears through the sac to come down and out, it’s possible the sac can become torn apart and small or large pieces left behind, even after the placenta emerges.  This is…

GBS Testing and Treatment During Labor; Is it Necessary?!

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Who was given antibiotics during labor because they tested Group B Strep (GBS) positive around 37 weeks gestation? You know, that awkward swab they did in your vagina and around your butt hole? Did you actually look into GBS or did you just agree because “My doctor said so”? Did you look into what harm…

Vaginal seeding;  swabbing baby’s face with vaginal fluids after C-section delivery

Vaginal seeding; swabbing baby’s face with vaginal fluids after C-section delivery

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Have you ever given thought to swabbing your baby’s face with your vaginal fluids? Well you might wanna give it some thought if babe is born via cesarean! Since 1996, the cesarean rate for delivery has increased by more than 48%. Some being necessary, but majority being performed for non-science based reasoning. Reasons such as…

Egg Donation: Risks For A Natural Mama

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You want to give back to society with the extra that you have, and make a little extra money, seems easy, right? There are many ads that pop up on Google, Facebook, the radio, and more, encouraging women to do a great service by donating their eggs and market the process as short and simple…

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