Category Archives: birth from within blog

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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 The prose of no rotation and no descent: rotating to free the arms

There is this pause.  Some could call it a hesitation.  It may only be a split second.  It comes from going against your old agreements about how you are supposed to meet birth hands off.  Attend birth.  Help or not … Continue reading

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Midwife Hands as Tools :  Being Touched by Breech

Maybe we have to turn things upside down in this world to rediscover it.  These baby’s that are breech are teaching me more about babies that are head down.  They are teaching me about how to feel and touch and … Continue reading

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Breech Competency Documentation (Mobile and Upright Breech)

Breech birth called me to it through my own birth of Nilaya who is now 12.  I didn’t initially seek out the knowledge of such skills, but I did have a core belief that breech was a variation of normal … Continue reading

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Neuroplasticity, Embodied Memory, and “Crescent Moon Bear”

“Neurons that fire together, wire together.”   The way we think can be habitual because the neural networks have formed to back up the pathways of particular ways of thinking. Our brain (including the nervous system) has used such pathways … Continue reading

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The “Dignity for Incarcerated Women” Project: Mothering and Birthing

The incarceration of women, especially women of color, must be reviewed under human rights abuses and how this society perpetuates inter-generational trauma.  When we look to the individual and beyond media’s portrayal of incarcerated women, we see real people with … Continue reading

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