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Week 37: informed consent

Informed consent. I had the GBS screen but didn’t have the results yet (later came back negative), and I asked my midwife what her recommended protocol was if it should come back positive. She said this: “I don’t have a … Continue reading

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Week 36: A flashback

People talk about how the birthday of a child born violently can be triggering and traumatic – but I have not had this happen with my toddler’s birthdays. It seems to me that his birthday is his day, and my … Continue reading

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Week 35: No big deal

Amazing – I had the GBS test and the midwife had me do it myself. No big deal.

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Week 34: Don’t touch me

I’ve been introspective over the last few days, ever since I realized that much as I trust my midwife, I’m not ready to let her touch my vagina, and may never be. And even I have had to convince myself … Continue reading

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Week 33: A trigger

Ok, now I am freaking out just a little. I was sort of psyching myself up to the GBS swab for this entire pregnancy, and also sort of ignoring it. Now I found out there is not only a vaginal … Continue reading

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Week 31: Poem for mother blessing

In the form of a pantoum and whimsically adapted from some birth plan musings:   Song of Welcome   This is my song of welcome Where once I walked alone I ask you for protection I want you to hold … Continue reading

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Week 30: More birth art/meditations

Me as a tree Me as a mountain Me as the atmosphere

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Week 27: More birth art

Birth art is amazingly freeing, revealing, and beautiful. The first one here is Door to Birth, from Birthing from Within, and the second is A Contraction, a suggestion from my husband (partly because he was really curious what contractions feel … Continue reading

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Week 20: Reading Childbirth Without Fear

Childbirth Without Fear is a fascinating example of how a sensitive, compassionate and feminist man can support natural childbirth – and how that support, when coming from a man, does not equal the same support coming from a woman. Grantly … Continue reading

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Week 17: Is the patients’ bill of rights possible to implement in maternity care?

How do hospitals protect patients’ rights? It must be tricky for providers to work for a place that has a written bill of rights on the one hand, in many cases with those rights mandated by law, and on the … Continue reading

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