Born Again Birthkeeping

“The moment a child is born, the mother is also born. She never existed before. The woman existed, but the mother, never. A mother is something absolutely new." - Osho.

The Warrior Within Birth Services

They told you about the contractions, but did they tell you about the expansion? Did they tell you how your body would open to make way for the whole universe to pass through? Did they tell you how your heart would explode with a love bigger than anything you’ve ever known as you pulled your baby to your chest?

They told you about the ring of fire but did they tell you about the crown of stars?

Did they mention that there’s a moment when your baby enters the world and you leave your body and touch the heavens and become the light of a million galaxies? Did they tell you how the pain of stretching to receive your child would be more exsquisite than any sensation you’ve felt?

They told you would scream but did they tell you about how you would roar? Did they tell you about the power that would rise up from your belly as you called your baby forth with your mighty voice? Did they tell you how you would embody the wild woman within you and breathe fire with your song?

They told you would bleed, but did they tell you how that sacred blood wouldn’t scare you? How you would feel grateful for that magical liquid of life as it trickled down your leg- how you would honor its flow and how it would help you heal a lifetime of hating your body’s bleeding cycles.
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They told these stories and taught you to fear birth, to fear your power, to fear yourself. But you’re stronger and wiser than that mama. You know that birth is your divine dance, your soul’s song, your moment with God, and you walk fearlessly into her open arms.
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- Reposted from Spirit Y Sol

2Life Doula

A F T E R B I R T H⠀

In case you didn’t already guess, I love birth and everything surrounding it. ⠀

But some of my favorite elements to capture are fresh postpartum scenes. All the minutia that make it whole: ⠀

The towels to keep transition warm, ⠀

The popsicle, fed to mother by dad, to replenish energy, ⠀

The water cup, retired after having kept the last leg of labor going, ⠀
The babe smothered in white, sticky vernix,⠀

The placenta being examined by gentle hands and curious eyes,⠀

And my favorite piece, the Blood, which nourished the womb for months and is now expelled. ⠀

Every story looks different, and not every story is peaceful, but it is all beautiful in its own rite. ⠀

How was your postpartum story similar or different from this?
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Faithful Guardians Midwifery Service

This is a baby born in the caul (waterbag). During a pandemic. His mother chose a homebirth when the virus began making all the rules. I was the midwife but I missed it by about 15 minutes. She was in good hands with her mother and her sister and her husband on the phone with me. Her mother-in-law caught this photo of her mother and her sister catching her baby. I find this so completely amazing! Many a professional birth photographer could only hope to catch a moment this precious and sacred. I am sharing this with permission. ❤️

The Natural Parent Magazine

PLEASE DON’T ASK ME IF MY CHILD IS A “GOOD BABY”

Seriously, just don’t.

How is any parent supposed to respond to that question anyway? Because I estimate that 90% of the time, that answer is going to be a lie.

What exactly is a “good baby” anyway? Because it seems like the definition they are looking for is a baby that A. doesn’t cry, B. sleeps constantly, and C. communicates a bare minimum of human needs.

By this definition, my child has been a terrible baby. He still sometimes wakes up at night at 23 months old, and needs some snuggles to go back to sleep. He has big, huge feelings that are often loud. He doesn’t take long, luxurious naps most days. And he loves to wake up before the sun. Every. Single. Day.

I’m sure that people who ask this have good intentions, but I think that most of time the question is only going to make parents feel an unpleasant combination of guilty and deficient. What they are really asking is if your baby is “easy.” And with a choice few exceptions, (I’m looking at you Best Friend whose two toddlers sleep 12 hours a night simultaneously and sleep in till after 8:00 am), I think very few babies earn this moniker early on. Keep reading here https://bit.ly/2vRFbRa

📷 Instagram.com/tosleepwithlove & James McKenna
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If you want a maternity or newborn session to forever capture such a precious moment in time, Kylie of Wonderfully Made is your girl! 🥰🌸🌷

I'm so happy to be behind the camera again! Today I had the most gorgeous model for the most gorgeous dress 😍📸

Kylie Zimmerman Devin Jaques

What positions did you labor in?

Researchers believe that giving birth in an upright position can benefit the mother and baby for several physiologic reasons. Physiologic refers to a healthy body’s normal function.
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In an upright position, gravity can help bring the baby down and out. Also, when someone is upright to give birth, there is less risk of compressing the mother’s aorta, which means there is a better oxygen supply to the baby.
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Upright positioning also helps the uterus contract more strongly and efficiently and helps the baby get in a better position to pass through the pelvis. Magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) studies have shown that compared to the back-lying position, the dimensions of the pelvic outlet become wider in the squatting and kneeling or hands-and-knees positions (Gupta et al. 2017).
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Finally, research has shown that upright birthing positions may increase maternal satisfaction and lead to more positive birth experiences (Thies-Lagergren 2013) - @ebbirth
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Repost • @geelongborn 📷 @devynnleannephotography “There were moments of doubt and pure exhaustion but it was beyond worth it.”
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Mothers, what CAN’T they do? ✨

Nenhum idioma é capaz de expressar a força de uma mãe!
Feliz dia das mães para todas nós. 💜🤱🌺
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MotherWise

Yes!!! Flip the script!

The Warrior Within Birth Services

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The Big Baby diagnosis is more harmful to women with unnecessary interventions than the big baby itself.
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One of the biggest lies told to women during pregnancy and/or labor is that baby is too big! This plants a seed of doubt into parents’ heads that mama’s body physically cannot birth her baby vaginally. That’s absurd!
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This little guy was born at home.
12lbs 11oz at birth.
Mama pushed for 8 minutes.
Mama did not tear.
Baby had a 10 APGAR at 1 min.
No gestational diabetes, baby had no blood sugar issues.
This is NORMAL!
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Obviously, this cutie was on the bigger side of normal, but for the majority of women, our bodies make babies that we are capable of birthing! Baby being truly too big to fit through mama’s pelvis (Cephalopelvic Disproportion) is rare. Often doctors will use it as an excuse to induce women before their due date, perform a c-section, augment labor with medication, or say it’s the reason for “failure to progress”. Ultrasounds are notoriously inaccurate when it comes to estimating baby’s weight. It has about a 2 lb margine of error (meaning baby could weigh up to 2 lb more or less than what they estimate!).
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Most home birth midwives understand that babies and bodies vary and so do labor patterns! Patience is a necessity. For women in labor, the key is movement! Laying in a bed reduces your pelvic diameter by about 30%! Most babies go through a series of rotations to navigate their body through the pelvis. When a mama is stuck in a bed due to medications or policies, it makes it much more difficult for both babies and their mothers. What’s the best way to avoid being stuck in a bed? Stay home during early labor, rest and nourish your body as much as possible to prepare for active labor. Have supportive providers and a doula by your side who trust birth and believe in you.
Mama: Amy Fulton
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I’m a #4! What’s your enneagram type? 🌸

Home birth is not just for hippies! All sorts of families choose to birth at home, for a wide variety of reasons. Here’s “Birthing at Home by #Enneagram type”! What’s your type & is this list accurate for your type? #homebirth #birth #enneagram1 #enneagram2 #enneagram3 #enneagram4 #enneagram5 #enneagram6 #enneagram7 #enneagram8 #enneagram9

Who else thinks this is amazing?!

Birth & breastfeeding doll. Preparing these two youngin’s for the upcoming birth of their new siblings ✨
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It really doesn’t get COOLER than this. (If you ask my birth junkie self, anyways 😜)
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This was a birthday gift for my oldest and what a hit it has been! Teaching & empowering small minds that birth is normal. It’s not gross, it’s not taboo. It’s life altering. And most of the time, a physiological process.

This handmade doll from MamAmor Dolls - Pregnant, Birthing and Breastfeeding Dolls can “give birth” to a baby which has a detachable umbilical cord & placenta. The baby can “nurse” with the mama. The mama can hold her baby, and wear baby in a sling. This whole thing is just so cool! I have been dying to share about it because we are pretty obsessed with it! “Playing midwife” has become a nighttime routine now.

Link below for this sweet doll- & many others, too! Including belly birth dolls, VBAC dolls, midwife, doula & family dolls.

Purchasing from the Mamamor affiliate link below is a small way to support a small shop as well as my own family in a small way AND save 10% on your purchase (automatically applied!)

LINK - https://www.mamamordolls.com/?ref=uzwo6zz3-yf

Midnight Mom Devotional

Tonight we pray for the momma who deserves to hear that she’s doing a good job. Lord, she does so much for her family. Each day she makes decisions and sacrifices. She puts her family before herself again and again. She tries so hard. She does such a good job, but she isn’t told nearly as often as she deserves to be. So, Lord, please lean in and whisper to her heart. Help her hear You saying, “I see it all, and I am so proud of you.” Help her hear it... and believe it. She’s a good mom. Silence every fear and lie that would tell her otherwise. We ask in Jesus’s name, Amen.

Perfectly spoken!

It’s kind of silly, really, that we just have one day to celebrate mothers. Because where would we be without the mamas?
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When you stop to think, you can’t help but realize that you, sweet mama- you are everything. You’re a vital link in the chain of humanity. You are the beginning of infinity. You are the sacred source. The vessel of divine life. You are the universe in ecstatic motion. You are love embodied.
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Beneath the messy top not and the worn out leggings, you are magic.
In the hugs and snuggles and bedtime stories, you’re healing generations of trauma. In the lullabies and late nights, the endless meals and loads of laundry, you are doing life’s most sacred work. In every loving word, every tender embrace—you are creating a new world. A future that will blaze brightly, rooted in unconditional love.
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Beautiful mama, there are no cards and no bouquet big enough to honor your service. You love and nurture and nourish and tend. Every moment of every day. You feed and change and comfort and guide. With all of your heart. Whether you chose this path or stumbled onto it, you hold the heavy, holy, magnificent weight of raising humanity. You carry the world forward.
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So today, we celebrate you mama. And no, burnt toast and a construction paper sign and grocery store flowers probably aren’t enough for the endless hours you dedicate to your family. But know that you are seen. You are honored. You are loved. You are everything and more.

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Holistically Empowered Rebel Birthkeepers Academy of Learning

A biological process should not include pharmaceuticals unless there is a case of absolute emergency. It's no wonder why things go wrong when we mess with physiology!

Here is the study stating Pitocin increases the chance of postpartum depression by 32%:

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/m/pubmed/28133901/

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Bucasia Beach Womens Health Massage

Just a reminder how amazing we are❤️

The Ugly Shoes Club

The Warrior Within Birth Services

Reposted from Earthley

Most women are subject to routine pelvic exams during pregnancy...early, late, and during labor. But did you know these are often NOT necessary?

Early in pregnancy, cervical exams are used to "confirm" pregnancy. A simple, non-invasive urine test can do the same thing.

Late in pregnancy, cervical exams are used to "predict" labor. While a pelvic exam *may* benefit a woman who is pre-term and having signs of impending labor (via the "Bishop score"), there is no benefit to women who are full-term and simply wondering how many more days it will be!

During labor, there is also little benefit. Most providers use cervical exams for their own knowledge, so that they can try to predict when they'll be needed for delivery. It doesn't impact the progress of labor or improve the outcomes for mom or baby.

Pelvic exams can also introduce foreign bacteria and increase the risk of infection to both mother and baby. Some women find the exams extremely uncomfortable mentally and physically, especially if they are performed frequently or by different providers. They also immediately shift the vaginal flora, which can impact the baby's gut development (but no studies have been done to see what the long-term impact might be).

One situation in pregnancy where an exam may be advised is if a woman has had a previous second-trimester loss, or is having symptoms of very pre-term labor. Cervical shortening is highly predictive of early labor, and women can get progesterone supplements to help sustain the pregnancy until they are full-term. However, "repeated" exams do not improve outcomes with pre-term labor. (An ultrasound may also work to detect a shortening cervix.)

If you don't want a pelvic exam, you have the right to say NO (until or unless you change your mind or something goes wrong). You can also learn how to check yourself for dilation during labor, if you want to know. Whether or not you have an exam, baby *will* be born. :)

Sources:
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20159393
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5503468/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/23857468
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3560273/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20556763
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/10076131
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/28475099
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21551402
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3647734/

Brittani Taylor Photography

Home birth is perfection + this woman is incredible. Women in general are incredible but what a powerful experience to be apart of ~ congrats to this perfect fam on the birth of their 3rd babes. Look through them all you won’t regret it ❤️

Follow me on Instagram!! www.instagram.com/brittanitaylorphotography

Trinity Caim Birth Services

The “I did it” Teen Mama series by:

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Holistically Empowered Rebel Birthkeepers Academy of Learning

If you’re financially able, ask your expectant loved ones what they need right now.

Many had to cancel their baby showers, sprinkles, and sip’n’sees, because of COVID restrictions.

Ask if they have an amazon wish list, baby registry, or just in general struggling to buy a much needed item, especially a car seat, baby carrier, diapers, breast milk bags/pads etc.

It will make their day and really relieve some stress for them! ❤️❤️❤️

Badassmotherbirther

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She wrote:
“I had suspected she was breech/transverse a couple different times late in pregnancy but with my husband being a chiropractor, I was getting adjusted pretty regularly and wasn’t too worried about it.

My water broke right before she started “crowning” and my husband was down there and was like “uhhh that’s not a head” and I immediately started panicking 😂 A breech birth was the ONE subject we didn’t verbally talk about for some reason! But we had both read Home Birth on Your Own Terms by Heather Baker and he actually re-read through the labor/delivery section in the book while I was in labor and he just did what the book said (hands off if breech) and it was a dream!

Transition lasted about 30-40ish minutes and once I felt FER (fetal ejection reflex) take over, she was out in less than a minute. Her body literally shot out once her feet were out. No tearing whatsoever! With my first birth, I had coached pushing in the hospital and I had almost 4th degree tearing.”

*daddy was not pulling, his hands were just positioned for catching*

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Born Again Birthkeeping is a newly planted vision in the heart of Coldwater, Michigan. Leahamarie has had an interest in birth since joining the natural health community at the age of 18. She has completed over 150 hours of specialized doula and birth educator training in Wollongong, Australia and is currently double-certifying with HERBAL (a holistic based doula training.) Leahamarie is passionate about all things related to birth and women’s wellness. Her goal is the educate, advocate for, and serve the women of Midwest Michigan with both her hands and her heart.

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