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There are many dichotomies in this world and  they can make our lives an interesting fruit bowl of options. Generally I like them. Coming of age in the 60’s I was keenly appreciative of the depth and power and beauty of nature and although never a pure naturalist and no longer even a romantic naturalist a la Burns and Shelly and Keats, I still see that nature is a thing of genius, not to be ” mastered” as much as recognized and understood. I wish the birth industry was not having such a hard time with this. The modern medical birth has become dominant it our hospitals and is, surprisingly to the medical world, not resulting in the healthy happy moms and infants they assume their way would produce.

We have developed a dichotomy of a  ” medical model” and a “midwifery model”, of childbirth, one that attempts to control birth with the use of drugs and one that relies on the body to accomplish birth without medical interventions, insofar as wise.  Sometimes they cooperate, often they do not. It has become necessary and not a little challenging for parents-to-be to learn about the choices they will be making about their birth and baby either consciously or unconsciously. A doula needs patience and an ability to present the many options with simplicity because it can be overwhelming to consider in aggregate. If we start with acknowledging birth as at the very least a natural thing that the body is prepared to do, sharing information with new moms-to-be can unwind from there.

There is a lot of unlearning to be done for the mothers who are really interested in having a birth of their own choosing. There is so much misinformation floating about the culture, one can begin to understand why some advocates for natural birth and breastfeeding and home based living and homeschooling and attachment parenting  : ) can get a little wacky in their mission statements and blog stands, so I want to focus this year on the dichotomy between natural life and modern culture… I’ll be exploring many practices and habits of action and thought around birth and nursing and I look forward to anyone who wants to comment, and may I say thank you to everyone from whom I will poach quotes and pictures and articles…( credited of course ).

To start us off, I poached this article from my Facebook page, thanks to Blooming Miracle Doula!   The article tackles the difficulty women face trying to rethink the issue of breastfeeding today.

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This is called a Nuchal Cord and it is not the emergency we have been conditioned to think it is. Here is a good article on how to handle it , or not, and what kind of choices you can make.. 

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This is the web site for the best, most experienced midwives in Southern California. http://www.socalbirth.com/

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I am a product of East Coast skeptics, I have no faith in many of the healing charms of the” New Age “. However, the Western tradition of treating all problems as if they were only a matter of manipulating matter annoys me no end. The needs and nature of women, particularly in birthing, is so completely foreign to the western medical community, by and large, it is I believe one of the main reason we have such poor maternal and neonatal health statistics. Here is an article addressing our need for a relaxing ambience in labor rooms and the dramatic improvement in birth outcomes as a result. This relates to Ina May Gaskins ” sphincter law” actually… we do not have voluntary controll over the muscles involved in birth, we need to be ” in the mood” so to speak.

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