THE EPI-NO? (a repost)

I wrote a piece about the Epi-No – a device which stretches the woman’s vagina before birth. I am not in favor of this device,  no way, no how, but due to numerous emails from the Epi-No people, I am taking the blog down temporarily and will rewrite it at some point, although my view…

HOME BIRTH ATER 2 CESAREANS!

At 2:28 AM, an adorable, pink, healthy baby boy was born. We waited to weigh him of course, until he was about two hours old, as we figured he would weigh approximately the same as what he weighed when he was born, and we don’t cut the cord for at least an hour after a…

BIRTHLISH

I have a degree in Speech and Language Pathology and have always been interested in how we speak/communicate, the words we choose and how we use them. My ears hurt. Day in and day out, I hear words and phrases that upset them:  the doctor who delivered my baby; the midwife who did my birth;…

WHEN K IS NOT OK

Why is it exactly that hospitals give Vitamin K injections to all newborns?  I was asked this question again recently, and I wish more people were asking.  I was taught that Vitamin K does nothing for bruising, believe it or not.   Hospital staffs will tell you it is a very high risk to decline Vitamin K, that it…

FIX IT!

I have had the privilege of working with a number of wonderful midwives in the last years during my midwifery training. Among the many things that I have learned, I hear one of Valerie El Halta’s sentences running through my head at births. Val teaches the difference between an intervention and an intercession (which I…

STYROFOAM

In answer to a question about VBAC: (when the doctor says it was a good thing they did another cesarean, because the scar looked thin) If the scar has held up until and during labor it has most probably proven its integrity. This was discussed in my first book Silent Knife in some detail. Also,…