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"Giving birth and being born brings us into the essence of creation. Where the human spirit is courageous and bold and the body a miracle of wisdom."

~ Harriette Hartigan

This phrase gets used a lot, and its definition seems to vary depending on who is using it and in what context. What is natural birth? I’m going to back up and first explore the word “natural” in a more general sense. Here’s what the American Heritage Dictionary says… Simple enough. As a believer, I […]

On the word “natural” in regards to birth

March 2, 2022

All about incorporating a cord burning ceremony into your home birth.

A Short Guide to Cord Burning

January 26, 2022

Jessica is a rooted, matter-of-fact, courageous woman whom I have admired since the day I met her. I met her while she was in labor with her late-“diagnosed” twins! She had just switched midwives so that she could still have an out-of-hospital birth she KNEW she was capable of, even as a first-time mom. That […]

a free birth story and photos :: hayley

January 20, 2022

Dear Husband of a Wife Who Really Wants a Home Birth,  Maybe you think this is a crazy thing to want. You’re worried for her safety and the babies because you couldn’t imagine your life without them in it. You don’t know anyone else who hasn’t gone to the hospital to have their kids. Why fix […]

Dear Home Birth Hesitant Husband,

January 7, 2022

How many weeks gestation is okay to go before inducing labor is advised? Which supplements and interventions are evidence-based? Which positions/manuevers will help to put my baby into optimal LOA position? What alternatives do I have to the glucose test? Where can I get a birth pool and which model is best? How many centimeteres […]

Birth Beyond Mechanics

November 5, 2021

They were all birthed gently at home, these babies of mine. We labored without intervention, and they were born into their familiar bacterial environments, passed straight up to my waiting arms and breasts, cuddled without interruption, and given the best start that I could manage to give them, to the best of my knowledge at […]

Does being born at home make a difference?

October 18, 2021

Maybe you’ve always thought of yourself as having a low pain tolerance, so the idea of giving birth in a place where you don’t have access to pharmaceutical or medical pain relief is really hard to stomach. You feel sure you’d pass out or be in such agony that you’d end up transferring to the […]

about the pain you can’t escape at home birth

September 16, 2021

I hear some parents express concern about having a home birth because of how messy they anticipate it will be and how hard to clean up. Friends, birth is a little messy no matter where it happens, but it’s really not THAT messy. And the cleanup is quite simple if there’s careful use of disposable […]

the mess of home birth

September 1, 2021

One year ago today, Agatha Wren Sue was born. I have shared her story and many photos on this blog previously, but today I’m sharing her birth FILM by my friend and doula-tographer, Annica. Watching this today has brought up so many feelings. I’m mostly just so filled with gratitude. The Birth of Agatha Wren […]

my birth stories (film) :: agatha wren sue

July 25, 2021

pictured here: me and my just-born daughter with two of her older siblings standing by. Photo credit: Annica of Sprout and Blossom “What do I do with my kids during my home birth?” It’s a question I hear a lot of. And there isn’t one right answer, but here are some thoughts. It’s important to […]

children at birth :: how to prepare them

March 25, 2021

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