Friday, February 26, 2010

Where does fear of birth come from?

I know this has been on lots of birth blogs but just in case you missed it, I thought I would share and ask you to start thinking of strategies to deal with the reactions to a lot of the stuff that's out there!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

What a duo!

Monnie Efross (r) and Susan Arthur (l) are two amazing women who I was blessed to have in a Childbirth Educator seminar a couple years ago. I loved this picture and my hat is off to Monnie for coordinating the volunteer doula program at San Francisco General Hospital - she gives so much love and energy to the program! Read more at Mission Local

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Tired of stuffing things in your bra?

I spotted this on the Talk Birth blog and it made me smile! What a great way to stick things comfortably in your bra when you are at birth or when having a purse is just too much stuff in your hands!
I often get asked if people come to a workshop and they are an active doula, what should they do about being called? Even on vibrate, phones on a table or in a purse make a distracting noise for others - so we joke about the best place is in your bra - the jiggling doesn't make noise there! So now you can be fully equipped - especially for my friends who are far from flat chested - just imagine what you can hide!
I have asked them for a sample to review - I will let you know how it works if they send one! The Racktrap

Friday, February 19, 2010

Purple push

Another athlete picture - this time illustrating the purple pushing technique!

Purple push

Thanks for sending, Connie!

Thursday, February 18, 2010

How wonderful it is!

I have been so impressed with the Healthy Birth Your Way/Lamaze video clips and know educators have been trying to figure out how to use them in class when they don't have internet access - well, I am tinkled pink - you can now order them!! And drum roll - it is $9.95!
Birth Your Way

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Pregnant Olympian

Back to back seminars in the southeast - dealing with a snowstorm in Atlanta that slowed me down to 17 miles in 3 hours - and the lack of the posts I normally have pre-written to "drip" in during the times I have limited time or internet access...well I was a little shocked to see I haven't posted in 10 days! So I have two seconds and thought I would share this picture of a pregnant Olympian!

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Donate a tent to pregnant women in Haiti

This was posted on Orgasmic Birth Facebook page:

Tents for Bumi Sehat Haiti

Dear All: We are holding a tent drive for our pregnant and birthing Mothers who are living in rubble and need a dry shelter. In order to make the ship that is leaving New Orleans we need these tents shipped to the locations below within the next week. We are looking for tents of all sizes that are water proof and have a rain shield protection. In addition, if possible include a tarp to go with these tents for additional rain protection. We will shrink wrap and put these tents on a palate to get to Jacmel via boat.

Locations to ship tents:

West Coast:Penny Tyrrell c/o Bumi Sehat Haiti-Tent Drive 93 North Polk Eugene, OR 97402

East Coast: Andre Gillisc/o Bumi Sheat Haiti-Tent Drive417 North Front Street, Philadelphia, PA 19123

Midwest people please mail to the East Coast. Please share this information with as many people as you know and provide them the shipping information. Thank you for your support. This drive will continue well beyond the week time frame so continue to send tents as they become available.

Thank you, Heather Maurer, Director of Logistics Bumi Sehat Haiti

Monday, February 08, 2010

Safer to give birth in Bosnia than California?

California Watch

Kathy Chiocca sent me the link to this report - wow!
Quotes include:

California Watch spoke with investigators who wrote the report and they confirmed the most significant spike in pregnancy-related deaths since the 1930s. Although the number of deaths is relatively small, it’s more dangerous to give birth in California than it is in Kuwait or Bosnia.......

.....Main said scientists have started to ask what doctors are doing differently. And, he added, it’s hard to ignore the fact that C-sections have increased 50 percent in the same decade that maternal mortality increased. The task force has found that changing clinical practice could prevent a significant number of these deaths.

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Just a little trivia for you...

Any given day there are 11,686 births in US. Wednesday is most common with 13,482 and Sunday least with 7,587.

Nat. Center for Health Statistics 2006

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Touches your heart

Dou-la-la posted a link to a very touching and important birth story. Grab the Kleenex box and read the birth story of Nella Cordelia

I hope all of us can live lifes with such grace and love.

Friday, February 05, 2010

See - do people remember what they hear?

J.K. Rowling Speaks at Harvard Commencement from Harvard Magazine on Vimeo.

No need to watch the whole thing, it was a speech given in 08.
The take away point from the opening couple minutes equals if people in your childbirth class only "hear" things, how much will they retain? This fits right in with the quote: The one who does the most talking is the one who is learning the most. Should that be you? I don't think so.

Thursday, February 04, 2010


Connie Sultana alerted me to this FREE resource for making crossword puzzles etc! Have fun and share! Puzzlemaker

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

Awesome! Great!

I know a few of us were drooling about the ipad! (and some were probably scoffing) but watch this 180 sec clip of all the superlatives used to promote it! Is there a lesson to be learned - how many superlatives are used to promote a childbirth classes or even "healthy birth?"

Lessons to be learned and applied!

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Go Coastie moms!

Frequent readers know I am a "Coastie Mom" and really proud of the Coast Guard. My son is safely home from Haiti with a life experience that was hard but rewarding. I smiled when I saw this picture released by the Coast Guard. (while it's sad that she had to leave her own baby....)

PORT-AU-PRINCE, Haiti - Coast Guard Lt. Teresa Wolf, a physician assistant, donates her breast milk to the Pediatric Ward aboard the USNS Comfort, Jan. 27, 2010. Wolf, from Goldsborough, N.C., began donating milk daily to the medical ship after learning about their severe need. She is deployed with Port Security Unit 307 in support of relief efforts, leaving behind her 10-week girl, Chloe Danielle. "It's the right thing to do," said Wolf. "Babies get so much more nutrients from breast milk. It's good for the eyes, brain ... everything." U.S. Coast Guard photo by PA1 Adam Eggers.

Monday, February 01, 2010


Two questions that can change your life from Daniel Pink on Vimeo.

A video excerpt from Daniel Pink's DRIVE: The Surprising Truth About What Motivates Us