When Motherhood Hurts

When Motherhood Hurts

By Shannon Wiseley SWFL Counseling Becoming a mother is one of the biggest life-changing events that a woman can experience. Sometimes, these changes are filled with joy and happiness. Other times, the changes can be scary and overwhelming. For many mothers, having a baby triggers an onslaught of unbearable thoughts and emotions that can leave a woman feeling broken and hopeless. Recently, postpartum depression has received media coverage thanks to celebrities like Hayden Panettiere, who has come forward to publicly describe her struggles with the disorder. Although the issue of maternal mental health…Read more …
Some Like It Hot

Some Like It Hot

by Christine Ghali, Certified Doula Mindful Birth Services and Doula Care Meet Kristin, Jenn and Sarah*. All three are first time mothers. Here's what they have to say about choosing their birth attendants: "I love my OB! He delivered me, and my mom loved him, so he's delivering my baby, too!" -Kristin "I'm just looking for someone covered by my insurance. I'd like to have a midwife, but my insurance won't cover that." -Jenn "I've had the easiest pregnancy and I feel great. When I ask my doctor about the birth she's really laid…Read more …
Microbirth Documentary – Watch the Trailer Free and Stream Online | Alto Films

Microbirth Documentary – Watch the Trailer Free and Stream Online | Alto Films

Microbirth is a 60 minute documentary exploring the latest scientific research into the microscopic events that happen during childbirth. These events could have life-long consequences for the health of our children and potentially impact the future of mankind. Winner of the Grand Prix award at the Life Sciences Film Festival in 2014, the film features world leading experts including Martin Blazer and Maria Gloria Dominguez Bello. Stream the movie online for $5.50. Watch on iOS, Apple TV, Roku, and Chromecast. Learn more. Duration:  59 minutes FOR PERSONAL AND HOME USE This rental and…Read more …
Heads Up – The Disappearing Art of Vaginal Breech Delivery | Informed Pregnancy

Heads Up – The Disappearing Art of Vaginal Breech Delivery | Informed Pregnancy

Why are most physicians no longer offering vaginal breech delivery? Is it a fear of liability? Peer pressure? Bullying by insurance companies? Or were they just never taught how to? The documentary film Heads Up: The Disappearing Art of Vaginal Breech Delivery (produced by Dr. Elliot Berlin, DC) answers these questions. As aging doctors skilled in vaginal breech delivery cease to practice, the vaginal option for breech birth is disappearing at a rapid rate. Will doctors who don’t have these skills explain the benefits and risks of both vaginal breech birth and cesarean…Read more …
What’s in Your Birth Bag?

What’s in Your Birth Bag?

by Christine Ghali A simple google search for “Birth Bag” brings up a slew of seemingly must-read articles on wildly popular maternity sites. Three pairs of warm, non-skid socks, pen and paper, and sugar-free candy are actually on more than one “must bring” list. Really? What makes these things essential to birthing our babies or providing the laboring mother the comfort measures she needs? It’s lists like this that serve to confuse birthing mothers, cause us to second guess ourselves and ultimately, bring us further from our birthing instincts and our internal locus of…Read more …
Call For Donor Milk:  Lee Memorial Health System Opens Breast Milk Depots

Call For Donor Milk: Lee Memorial Health System Opens Breast Milk Depots

(Fort Myers, Fla. – May 19, 2015) --- Lee Memorial Health System is excited to announce it has opened two breast milk banks located at Cape Coral Hospital and HealthPark Medical Center.  Babies in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU) depend on this life saving nourishment to thrive when their mother’s milk is not available.  Knowing the positive impact that breast milk can have on babies for a lifetime, the health system is asking lactating mothers in the community to consider donating their milk. “Every drop of breast milk can make a difference…Read more …
Why Babies and Music?

Why Babies and Music?

by LouAnne Dunfee, Dir., Family Music Time Music is an essential element in babies learning and development. Babies are musical beings and are fascinated by music from birth. (Jen Hart) You can see right away in class that babies are fascinated when a room full of adults are singing and moving using only their own voices and bodies as instruments! We do use the CD sometimes in class but babies will learn much better without it. Research has shown that babies build some important neural connections in their brain when trying to pick out their important grown-up’s voice in a…Read more …
Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)

by Megan Nickel-Martin Vaginal birth after cesarean, or VBAC, is not a new phenomenon or fad.  It became popular in the 1980’s after the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) issued statements promoting VBAC and dismantled the idea of “once a cesarean, always a cesarean.”  The cesarean surgery has become so refined since its ancient beginnings that women are no longer dying during the operation and surgical technique has improved making VBAC a safe reality.  In 1999, however, the VBAC movement was set back when ACOG released a practice bulletin limiting access…Read more …
Birth As Initiation

Birth As Initiation

by John “Doc” Edwards DC, CACCP Mama’s Chiropractic Clinic Plainly speaking there is no right or wrong to you. You were born, just like the other trillions of humans who have been born before you. Likewise, your child will be born. This is a fact. You will go through the process of pregnancy, and at the end of it become a mother to this child. The universe has a way of unfolding regardless of human plans, and part of the allure for those of us who work with this elemental stage of the…Read more …
Protecting the Intimacy of the Birthing Environment

Protecting the Intimacy of the Birthing Environment

by Nancy F. Prevatt, RN, CCE, CD (Charis) joyfulbirthing.net Resting at the foot of the bed lay a birthing kit, soft echoes of praise and worship can be heard throughout.  Candlelight dances around the room and bounces off the mother’s glistening body.   Gently embracing, they sway to the rhythm of the mother.  No matter what ensues she feels safe, supported, relaxed, and comfortable.  These elements of the birthing environment are essential in the release of the hormones needed for labor to progress effectively. Creating a similar environment as you would for an intimate evening with…Read more …