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EMPOWERMENT AND SELF-DETERMINATION

EMPOWERMENT AND SELF-DETERMINATION

By Morgan Reid Trystan, famously known for his blog Biff & I that is centered around his life with his family and partner, is a transgender man in Oregon USA that chose to carry his own biological child. He made the choice to be open and public regarding his...

INFORMED DECISION MAKING

INFORMED DECISION MAKING

By Lisa Mackell Previously published in Birth Issues, Fall 2011 As a parent, we are faced daily with making decisions that will have an effect on our children and family. Did you know that parental decision-making starts before your child is born? There are many...

MORE SLEEP FOR MOMS

MORE SLEEP FOR MOMS

By Michelle Lang previously published in Birth Issues, Fall 2009 Last summer, I visited a mother and she shared some challenges she was having getting her children sleeping through the night. After this visit, I decided to write an article to help pregnant moms and...

THE JOY OF A NATURAL TWIN BIRTH

THE JOY OF A NATURAL TWIN BIRTH

By Heather EyestonePreviously published in Birth Issues Summer 2012 We originally began the journey of our third baby and pregnancy with midwives. Our daughters had both been birthed under their guidance. But at our 19 week ultrasound we learned our third baby was in...

HOW WE STARTED – NOREEN’S STORY

HOW WE STARTED – NOREEN’S STORY

 By Noreen Walker previously published in “A Midwife’s Guide to prenatal care and home birth” by Donna Gibbons, Sandy Pullin and Noreen Walker (1989) My first birth was in a hospital, and was a routine nightmare. I was totally unprepared, and expected the hospital...

IS CHILDBIRTH PAINFUL? A MATTER OF BELIEFS

IS CHILDBIRTH PAINFUL? A MATTER OF BELIEFS

By Heather Beaudoinpreviously published in Birth Issues Fall 2011 I intended to write an article about pain in childbirth. I wanted to research all the hormonal and physiologic changes that occur in a woman's body when she experiences sexual arousal and orgasm. Then I...

BREASTFEEDING AND POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

BREASTFEEDING AND POSTPARTUM DEPRESSION

By Krystal Hoople RN, BScN, IBCLCpreviously published in Birth Issues Spring 2012 As soon as we are pregnant we start making conscious decisions about the health of ourselves and our baby. We watch what we eat, stop poor lifestyle habits and drive slower, all because...

ONLY ONE CENTIMETER TO GO: the birth story of my OP baby

ONLY ONE CENTIMETER TO GO: the birth story of my OP baby

By Sarah Witholtpreviously published in Birth Issues Fall 2012 When my husband, Greg, and I found out we were pregnant, we were ecstatic. We had tried hard to get pregnant and persistence had paid off. Mixed in with the feelings of excitement, were feelings of...

I AM A BIRTH WARRIOR

I AM A BIRTH WARRIOR

By Leah MurphyPreviously published in Birth Issues Fall 2012 My first pregnancy in 2006 came to us quickly as we only tried for 2 months. I was thrilled just the same and finished my Registered Nursing degree, started my first nursing job, and wrote the RN exams, all...