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Change Your Food, Change Your Life

When I was a kid, there was a commercial with a man in a blue-sequence martian suit, walking up to a model spaceship. In a funny space-man voice, he said: “Hi. I’m Robolar. I’m from Mars. And I eat all kinds of candy bars. (He walks over to the spaceship, and opens...

Why Not Home?

“Why Not Home?” is an excellent documentary that features hospital medical providers (OBs, Labor & Delivery Nurses, General Practitioners) who chose to give birth at home. My intention in sharing this is to further validate people who want to give birth at home,...

An Overview of Birth Physiology

Michael Odent, MD, founded the Primal Health Research Centre in London and developed the maternity unit in Pithiviers, France, where birthing pools are used. He is the author of ten books published in twenty languages. Two of them—Birth Reborn and The Nature of Birth...

The Hormonal Blueprint of Labor

Giving birth in ecstasy: this is our birthright and our body's intent. Mother Nature, in her wisdom, prescribes birthing hormones that take us outside (ec) our usual state (stasis) so that we can be transformed on every level as we enter motherhood. This exquisite...

Holistic Stages of Labor

In every childbirth class that I teach, I search for the perfect way to help a woman and her partner understand what is actually happening in labor. I discuss the physical aspects of birthing. I attend to the emotional and psychological aspects of birthing. And I...

3D Animation of a Baby’s Birth

Check out this 90 second video to help you get a real visual of what's happening inside mama's body while she's birthing.  Watch it over and over until you can see it happening in your own mind easily. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xath6kOf0NE This clip is similar...

Unbreaking Birth

In this 30 minute video, researcher, Ryan McAllister, PhD from Georgetown University, points to some of the ways that birth in hospitals is simply not working. He states clear evidence, statistics, and outcomes, and most importantly, points to what women actually need...

The Benefits of Having a Doula

Photo Credit Britt Fohrman Having been a doula (professional childbirth assistant) from 2002 - 2009, it seems so clear why having a doula with you before, during and after birth would not only be helpful, but necessary. I remember countless births where I knew in...

Practice for Birth

As women prepare for birth, they usually spend their time taking classes, reading books, watching videos and talking to other people about birth. While this can be helpful, another important, often neglected piece, is to PRACTICE for birth. With any important event in...

The Way Animals Do It

It used to be common for kids to find a litter of kittens somewhere, or to have a dog or other pet give birth. Some people grew up on farms and witnessed countless calves, foals and lambs come into the world. It is becoming less and less common to see animals giving...

Colonizing Your Baby’s Gut at Birth

The Human Microbiome: considerations for pregnancy, birth and early mothering. - Please click on the link and read the article. This is amazing and essential information about the benefits of your baby's gut being colonized at birth! After reading this, please make...

Creating a Conscious Birth Through Prenatal Yoga

Photo by Britt Fohrman When people ask me why they should take a prenatal class instead of a regular yoga class during pregnancy, my answer is layered and complex. Let's start with the basics: The physical benefits. Prenatal classes include poses that stretch areas of...

It’s time to stop dancing….

It's time we got the facts about cutting the foreskin off of baby boys. For a long time, I've danced around the topic, suggesting that circumcision is not in a baby's best interest. Well, this video is the proof. If you are considering circumcision, know someone who...

A Funny and Factual Video on Circumcision

The topic of circumcision often comes up during my birth classes, and I just encourage couples to think about and research if circumcision is best for their baby and family. I do also provide a handout from IntactAmerica.org. And then this video came my way. It made...

To Kegel or Not to Kegel…

I'd love to address the confusion and concern about the safety and efficacy of "kegels" and pelvic floor exercise during pregnancy, so I am sharing the post below from Miracle Physical Therapy to explain how they practice and what the evidence says in terms of how to...

Acupressure to Support the Sensations of Birth

Debra Betts, expert acupuncturist, has created a pdf that outlines acupressure points that are easy to use, promote natural labor, and encourage partner participation. She also provides a quick guide summary sheet to using the points prior to a medical induction,...

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