Category Archives: birth from within blog

The Rise of Skeleton Woman:  A Postpartum Unwinding (Skeleton Woman is an Inuit Story)

Let us follow an unexpected journey after a hard birth or an abusive experience.   Or maybe the journey seemed easy and one still found themselves frozen, broken, or unable to move at the bottom of the sea.  Overwhelmed.  It … Continue reading

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The Blood and Head of Medusa: Claiming Her For Your Very Own

I’ve been seeing the reactions on social media of Medusa carrying the head of Perseus instead of the other way around.  It is an interesting role reversal but one that has no map beyond revenge or anger which can, for … Continue reading

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Breech Head Release: Tracking and Releasing Restrictions

One of the issues that can arise with a baby presenting breech in the third trimester is a head that seems to restrict a baby from turning.  There are different patterns for head restriction.  This blog is written with the … Continue reading

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Tales of Birth Reframed: Part 4 – The Legend of the Gate Theory

So here is a drawing of our laboring parent with a spine (no it is not to scale or exact). Today, our laboring parent is back in labor.  What we can call early labor is just shifting into more active … Continue reading

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Tales of Birth Reframed: Part 3 – The Case of the Missing Pain Endorphins

Once upon a time, a labor had picked up with frequent contractions.  The laboring parent exclaimed, “WAIT!  What was I thinking?  Why did I do this?  Why did I want a natural birth?”   But all of a sudden the … Continue reading

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Breech Release: When the Bum is Deep in the Pelvis

In today’s blog, I am not exploring the lack of accessibility to options for vaginal breech birth or about the ethics and spectrum of experiences with ECV.  This blog is just about the practical nature of breech restriction from my … Continue reading

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Tales of Birth Reframed: Part 2 – The First, Second, & Third Stages

The Divided Tale of the Stages of Labor: The First Stage “Stages of labor” is what is taught when dividing labor into pieces using a cervix centered model of assessment.  I find it is useful to know this story as it … Continue reading

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Tales of Birth Reframed: Part 1 – The Tale of Friedman’s Curve

Once upon a time, there was a Doctor of Obstetrics named Dr. Friedman, and he worked in the 1950s in the USA.  In this time of birth work, many of the white women delivering babies gave birth while completely unconscious … Continue reading

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Homebirth Breech Research: A Reminder to Continue Breech Competent Options

“A home or birth center setting leads to high rates of vaginal birth and good maternal outcomes for both breech and cephalic term singleton presentations. Out-of-hospital vaginal breech birth under specific protocol guidelines and with a skilled provider may be … Continue reading

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Dreaming Models for Weaving and Healing this Craft of Midwifery

When we are in community with midwives or healers with similar value systems, we find many opportunities arise.  As global colonization has limited, persecuted, and attempted to eradicate many cultures around the world, so has it had its lasting effects … Continue reading

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