Birth is universal. No matter where or how in the world a woman is giving birth, a connection is felt. And I feel strongly that It’s important to share all types of births, especially physiological births in which the mother and child are completely unhindered and able to birth naturally without interventions. Everyone, noy just women, need to see what our bodies can do and have been doing since the dawn of time.
This water freebirth video was shared with me earlier this week by the birth photographer from Perth, Western Australia that documented it, Jessica Newton of Home-Grown Photography. Although water births are becoming increasingly popular, freebirths are much less common. A freebirth, or a family birth that is unassisted by medical professionals registered with the government, is one of many birthing options for a pregnant mother and her child.
I am so thankful both of my girls were term but I was one. I was born a couple months early when my mother went into early labor and I can only imagine how my mother made it through it, visiting me in the NICU, bringing me pumped milk, hauling her kids every day on the public bus to come see me. My heart goes out to mothers of preemies.
We just got home from a walk to the lake here in Oakland. It is such a gorgeous day, I can’t get over it. What else is going on? Not a whole lot. There was a big nurse-in in Texas on Friday. I had new nursing portraits taken last week with my girls and I just love them. This week on my blog, I disabled user registrations, just to let you know. I had about 400 spam registrations one night so I just turned it off until further notice.
Anyway, on to the sweet links. These are the latest birth, breastfeeding, and nutrition articles I’ve seen this week. And one funny video about the difference between and man and a woman getting sick – Watch The Man Cold.
I didn’t know Jennifer Garner was still breastfeeding! She talks about her son’s needs in this NOW! Weekly Magazine article. I hope she’s joking about the weaning part but still, nursing past a year is awesome!
I weep for the babies that are victims of the major formula companies hunger for higher and higher profits. Apparently, Asia is their next target.
“Global breastfeeding rates are declining across East Asia and in some of Africa’s most populous countries like Ethiopia and Nigeria, according to the latest report by Save The Children. The NGO has blamed aggressive marketing plans used by corporate houses to formula milk for this decline.”
“The NGO report said that Asia being viewed as a lucrative new market for the formula-milk industry, which is already worth Â£16 billion and set to grow as whole by 31% by 2015. Around 20% of health workers surveyed in Pakistan said they received branded gifts from representatives of breast milk substitute companies, including prescription pads, calendars, pens and note pads
In China, the charity also spoke to mothers finding that 40% of mothers surveyed reported being given formula samples by some breast milk substitute’s company representatives or health workers.”
Forty percent!!! That is outrageous. When is making a buck going to take a back seat to the health of our children?
The next time you see a parent on their phone at the park, don’t judge. We’ve all been there. Though I did pat myself on the back today at the park for not bringing my phone out once. WHooo hooo! But then again, I was chatting with my in-laws. So I was still getting some adult interaction. Shame on me.
Just what I needed today. I need to reconnect with my three year old more, who is actually sleeping on me right now, because she’s been feeling jealous of her little sister these days more than usual. Thanks AhaParenting.com!
The Other Side of the Glass is a birth film for fathers. It made me tear up, even though it starts off a bit slow. Why don’t we think about how fathers are treated more during their first moments transitioning into parenthood? How can we prepare them to help us best and help their babies during birth? Regardless of how or where a mother decides to birth, home or in the hospital, the father should be able to do what he does best, be supportive and protect his family.
The Other Side of the Glass
Share this with your husband for Father’s Day this weekend.
I just came across this photo today and wow. It is an amazing shot. I wrote about nuchal cords a few weeks ago, how the occurrence is actually quite common and mostly not a big deal. It is wonderful to see a photo for reassurance. The midwife just unwrapped the cord and everything was A-OK.
“Most of the time a cord around baby’s neck will not cause problems. Keeping a close eye on heart tones is important and can help your midwife/doctor know if baby is handling labor/pushing well. Melissa sent in this wonderful picture that not only showed how simple it is to unwrap a cord, but also captured the amazing and raw moment of birthing and meeting your baby for the first time.” More at BFW…
How do you feel about nuchal cords? Did your baby have one or two or more loops around their neck or body?
Penny Simkin, Physical Therapist, co-founded DONA International and has specialized in childbirth education, labor support, and birth counseling since 1968. She is the author of many books on birth for both parents and professionals, including The Birth Partner.
This interview clip is part of Rites of Passage, an exclusive video series and art/photo/ essay contest that engages mothers across the country in a dialogue about childbirth and the transformation of new motherhood.