Archive for March, 2012

I got to speak at University of Michigan on Saturday to a packed room of what looked like 100 people or more. Wow! There were nurses, midwives, doctors, doulas, and pregnant women conversing together. Again, wow! It’s so great to be HAVING these conversations. Here’s an article from the University of Michigan website:

Hospital can provide safety net without pushing interventions; expert panel discussion planned at U-M March 24

Nadine Naber labored with a midwife, who guided her through her pain. Her husband was at her side, holding her hand, as she gave birth to her youngest son in a water-filled tub.

It was everything she dreamed a natural childbirth could be. But it didn’t happen at home — her son was born in the hospital.

Naber is one of many women who find that a natural hospital birth — a childbirth without medication or other intervention — is possible at Von Voigtlander Women’s Hospital at the University of Michigan. U-M has eight nurse midwives on staff and encourages women to set a natural birth plan that still offers the advantages of being in a hospital setting.

“I truly and deeply experienced what I would dream of with a natural birth, in every way possible, without any sense of it being medicalized,” says Naber, a 42-year-old mother of two and Ann Arbor, Mich. resident.

Naber says the natural hospital birth offers the best of both worlds: a birth plan without unnecessary medical intervention but also the safety net of the hospital setting.

U-M and Douglas Care will host a panel discussion, “Supporting Natural Birth in Hospital Settings,” on March 24, featuring author and professional doula, Cynthia Gabriel. Gabriel’s book, “Natural Hospital Birth: The Best of Both Worlds,” features a forward written by U-M’s Timothy R.B. Johnson, M.D. , who is professor and chair of the U-M Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology.


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Every so often I stumble across or someone forwards me a review of the book that is out there in cyber-land that I’ve never seen. It’s such a strange feeling, still, to know that real people read the book, have opinions about it, but I never get to meet them. It feels like this large family of like-minded birth geeks out there. Wish we could all be in one room together, but I guess there are way too many of us for that! Here’s the link: http://library-mama.dreamwidth.org/135374.html

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Stumbled across this in my nearly daily Internet search for natural birth news on-line. I appreciated the sentiments here greatly. When we are willing, birth “time” and can be so different from our hurried-up, western experience of time. Read on!

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Summer Doulas

It is March. I am sending in my daughter’s form for her first sleep-away camp this summer (she is ten and SOOOO excited!). As I look ahead at the summer, I realize that I will not be able to be a doula most of the summer. AGAIN. It is so hard for women who have babies in July and August to find doulas who will be in town. I am going to be gone two weeks in July and at least ten days in August. This must be a big problem for all doulas and for all moms-to-be who want a doula in the summer. What did YOU do?

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