Video: The Moon Amongst Us With Silhouettes in Real Time

This video is definitely not about home birth or midwives, but I thought you might enjoy a beautiful 3 minute real time take of the moon rising in New Zealand.   There are no tricks or special effects done to create this video.  Photographer Mark Ghee who made the attempt multiple times succeeded by filming this video and wanted to get the silhouetted people walking around, so this guy camped over 1.5 miles away from the Mount Victoria lookout in Wellington, New Zealand.  To enjoy the full experience of this video, watch it in HD/Full screen. Enjoy!...

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Home Birth is Safer For The Majority of Low-Risk Pregnancies

Did you know that home births are safer for most low-risk pregnancies according to CNM Judy Cohain? Don’t take my word for it.  In an article written by Judy Cohain, CNM, she highlights 17 studies conducted over the last 15 years that show attended planned home birth is safer for low-risk women than hospital birth. In 12 of the studies, rates of perinatal mortality (deaths that occur before, during or immediately after birth) were either lower or similar for home birth, while rates of maternal morbidity were significantly lower, compared to hospital birth.  To read the full article click here....

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My view on home birth as a father

Home Birth, a Father’s View I have to be honest, the idea of a home birth initially gave me a great sense of insecurity and discomfort, but after having a bad experience at the hospital, it made total sense.  My wife told me about it after our bad experience at the hospital with our first child.  Aside from being such an impersonal experience, I realized pretty soon that the moment my wife was admitted to the hospital, it became a business transaction and that they had to have her deliver within 24 hours no matter what. I remember her having contractions at 6 in the morning.  I had everything prepared just to grab and go to the hospital. Fortunately my mother-in-law was there to help and assist with anything including cooking for us during the following few weeks (I can’t put a price to that).  My wife was at 4cm dilated at the hospital when her contractions stopped. We felt pressured from all angles that she had to deliver soon or else she would be induced with pitocin and/or break her bag of waters.  None of these options sounded appealing to us and even though it wasn’t in our hands to increase her contractions (aside from her walking down the hallway for several laps), we felt hopeless and pressured to say the least. After several hours of stopped contractions, we were told that she had to be induced because the hospital and our insurance would only cover for one day of stay.  This of course aggravated me to say the least, but rules are rules and we didn’t know any better at the time.  Long story short, she was given pitocin and they had to break her bag of waters.  The pain that I saw her go through was indescribable.  I looked around the room and we all had tears in our eyes by seeing my wife in such pain after they had to break her bag of waters. Even though a few minutes prior to the break of the back, she was given an epidural, she still felt everything which is why she was in such pain.  Fast forward 10 minutes, everything went well, or at least we thought it did.  She had ripped and the...

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Should I keep the placenta from my baby?

We get this question asked a lot. In many cultures, placentas are buried in their backyard and planting a tree over it. This will provide much nutrients to the tree nourishing it through it’s growth in the same manner it nourished your baby. Some mothers’ decide to dehydrate the placenta and encapsulate it so they can take capsules during their postpartum. This can help with those famous baby blues, increased milk and even any help alleviate any fatigue that the mother may experience after giving birth. Studies have shown that over 25% of mothers experience some sort of postpartum depression. This may be avoided by ingestion your encapsulated placenta immediately following the birth of your child. Placenta encapsulation is not a new thing, it comes from Chinese tradition dating back thousands of years. For more information on placenta encapsulation, here’s a good resource website that we recommend Tree of Life Placenta Encapsulation. Technorati Tags: encapsulate placenta, placenta...

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Is it safe to have a home birth delivery?

Is it safe to have a home birth delivery?

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