Category: Childbirth Education

Midwifery Today – Midwives on PAIN in Labor

I suscribe to Midwifery Today and this Facebook Q and A showed up in my email today!

Jenny Marie Hatch

Facebook Q&A


How do you explain the “pain” of labor to your clients?

I describe the pain as pain. Real pain. Not as “waves” or “extreme menstrual cramps.” Like the kind of pain you may have never felt before. I also describe it as productive pain. Breaking a limb or having a chronic medical condition is a type of suffering. I think it’s important to differentiate between the two. Labor pain will end and there’s a tremendous gift at that end. I think it’s a disservice to downplay the intensity of the pain in labor.
Kerri Jackson Pelz

I tell them it can be a gentle tightening in their bellies that feels like a sweet hug, it can feel like sharp period cramps, it can feel like a bear hug that takes your breath away, it can create pressure in your pelvis and down your thighs, it can sometimes feel like your uterus is turning itself inside out and pulling itself over your whole body! And at the same time, I share that labor pain is unlike almost any other because the sensations are a sign that all is right, that their beautiful, powerful uterine muscle is doing the work to get the baby out and we will be celebrating and supporting that magnificent work. My mom always told me labor was “pain with a purpose and when it is complete you will have a beautiful baby in your hands.”
Roseanna Azarow Ebert

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Callin participation

I recently discovered a new podcasting app that is going to turn the internet into a global neighborhood.

Imagine sound quality so good that it will feel like you are chatting with your neighbor over the back fence, but your good friend who lives in England is also a part of the conversation!

This video describes how to participate in a callin podcast.

My channel is located HERE.

And this is the first podcast I did with a guest talking about my favorite subject of husband and wife homebirth.

https://callin.com/?link=EZcnhcBSYC

A Freebirth Chat at Skeptical OB

Defending Family Birth Podcast Complete Show

Here is the article and the comment section that followed as a cut and paste from Dr. T’s site.

I dedicated my radio show today to this post as a way to illustrate how I defended unassisted childbirth on the internet. This post contains screen grabs from the site if you want to just read my many comments.

Defending Family Birth

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Defending the seemingly indefensible

I wrote quite a few comments on this blog post back in the day…

I have had many of these types of conversations on the internet since I started participating in chat rooms, blogs, and comment sections of articles and posts critical of Family Birth. For twenty five long years, since 1996, I have played the roll of the Freebirth pit bull defending parents with my words.

Now that hospitals in America are shutting down maternity care for lack of staff and being over run with sick patients, I hope the average person can begin to understand why some of us were so motivated to birth our children alone.

At least for me, doing my own prenatal care and giving birth with only my husband attending has been a powerful psychological preparation for whatever is around the corner.

Jenny Marie Hatch

Unassisted Childbirth in the News!

Some Women Choose Unassisted Birth, Here’s Why

There are compelling reasons some mothers choose to have their babies at home without a midwife or doula.

Jennifer Margulis

September 13, 2021

Unassisted Birth

Unassisted childbirth, also known as free birth or sometimes do-it-yourself (DIY) birth, is when a mom or an expectant couple chooses to have a baby without the assistance of a doctor, a midwife, or any other professional birth attendant.

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