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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

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

Part 2: Midwives and Non-Medical Birth Attendants Midwives Prenatally and during postpartum even professionally trained midwives can play a role in free birth, if they choose to. Some will find it aligns with their values to offer varying degrees of support to women who choose NOT to have them physically present at their births. There […]

the anatomy of a supported free birth :: part 2

March 12, 2021

In this three-part series, I want to take a closer look at free birth and what it means to have one while still being supported. I’ll do this through the medium of exploring my own recent experience. Part 1: The Woman, God, and the Husband The Woman (me) There was some instinct that initially drew […]

the anatomy of a supported free birth :: part 1

March 5, 2021

I’m going to let the mama — Iona — tell this story in her own words. My images follow. The moment I found out I was pregnant with Laelia, I knew I was not done having children. Chris however had different plans, but we let fate/the universe/god decide, and on sept 5 2019 (one day […]

birth photography :: yorke elara

February 2, 2021

Jesus’s death on the cross redeems us from the curse of sin and redeems us once and for all to be adopted into God’s family without condemnation. That much is clear. Where Christians more specifically seem to end up with more disagreement is over whether or not Jesus’ work on the cross redeems us from […]

should Christians expect a pain-free birth?

January 19, 2021

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