Friday, November 30, 2007

Welcome to the world

Paivi and her family welcomed a daughter on Saturday! Paivi attended the Passion for Birth at the Lamaze conference in Phoenix this September. She lives in Finland. Her story is amazing - one of those intense but fast labors that happens quicker than expected and before the midwife gets there! What was it like before cell phones? They make it so much easier for updating and over the phone support.

Her pictures are so gorgeous and were taken by Kati Molin, her sister. She has a wonderful eye! Don't you wish every woman would have a picture like the one of Paivi above - filled with pride, in awe, and confident! Paivi writes "It was quite exciting and peaceful at the same time. Well, I only had contractions for 45minutes or so and was still full of energy. My 6 year old daughter and sister opened up a bottle of sparkling strawberry wine and then we had some tea and coffee together.

The birth was not quite as I had anticipated, but it was quite awesome anyway! It was great to just let it happen, like birth should be I guess."

Paivi and her sister have a great store and on-line shop at: Bebes
I ordered this dvd through her store and showed part of it in my session on Second stage at the conference: Inner Strength

Paivi - Thanks for sharing your inspirational story!

AIDS DAY and Lesotho

As many of you know I was a Peace Corps Volunteer in the amazing country of Lesotho, a mountain kingdom in southern Africa. I was there in the 80s before I was involved in birth and when awareness of HIV and AIDS was just on the horizon. I taught math, science and English for two years in a high school and then stayed for an additional two years as a trainer/ training director for new volunteers.

HIV has really impacted this country. Lesotho is featured on msnbc today - and the severity is focused on. As I watch the video and listened to the women's voices, I smiled when they sang because there is always a song to be sung - in amazing harmony! I would still love to go back and visit some day soon!

Click here to see the clip Lesotho

What to have an impact in the world - think about joining Peace Corps!

"Khotso, Pula, Nala" (Lesotho's national saying: peace, rain and prosperity)

Thursday, November 29, 2007

Elisabeth Bing

Seems like I am "video clip" heavy lately - I just keep coming across wonderful clips out there in the internet world. I can't embed this one so you will have to click and go to Real Simple to watch this feature on Elisabeth Bing.

Elisabeth Bing is an inspiratioal woman who co-founded Lamaze almost 50 years. This feature was made a couple years ago - watch it and enjoy. If it inspires you to write Elisabeth to thank her for her hard work and vision for so many years, I know she would love to hear from you! Need her address? Drop me a line and I will send it to you. She isn't getting out as much as she use to and I missed having her at this year's conference. Don't procrastinate dropping her a note. Watch Elisabeth Bing on Real Simple

Friday, November 23, 2007

Thankful for you

Just received this PfB group picture from the Lexington MI seminar held in a beautiful home on the shores of Lake Huron! What an awesome place to have a gathering eh!

As we all spend time with family and friends this holiday weekend, it suddenly feels like the end of the year is so close....maybe it's all the constant reminders of how many shopping days are left. Here at Passion for Birth we are definitely winding down - just two seminars left for in Dothan Alabama, one in Bucharest, Romania and the other outside London, England.

But we are gearing up for 08 with lots of requests for seminars coming in! 2008 will easily be the year that we meet our mark for 1000 people having attended a Passion for Birth seminar!

So I am very thankful for all the beauty, inspiration, and fun that everyone involved with Passion for Birth has brought into my life!

Sunday, November 18, 2007


Cephalopelvic Disproportion (CPD) means head is too big for pelvis.  It is often overdiagnosed.  Here are stories of a few women who had a cesarean because of this diagnosis and subsequantly birthed a bigger baby through the same pelvis! 
VBAC = vaginal birth after cesarean
HBAC = homebirth after cesarean
HBA3C = homebirth after 3 cesareans
UBA2C = unassisted birth after 2 cesareans

Thursday, November 15, 2007

Monday, November 12, 2007

Awesome film

This is a French Birth film that looks incredible - I am hoping that it will soon be available in English DVD! It features births around the world. Explore the website here: Le Premier Cri


Reading level tool

My friend Robin always finds unique things to do on the web and she is the midst of this blog marathon where she is posting everyday - so when she rated the reading level on her blog, I submitted mine.

Reading level is probably not that important for blogs but it is critical for our childbirth education materials! Keep that in mind as you develop handouts.

Friday, November 02, 2007

Off to China

I probably won't be blogging much over the next ten days! I am off to train a group of childbirth educators in Beijing China with my dear friend Mary Jo Podgurski...we will have a blast! I will let you know all about our adventures when I get home!