Wednesday, June 25, 2008

Orgasmic Birth in the Twin Cities

An amazing gathering of concerned birth activists are joining talents to bring
Debra Pascali-Bonaro to Minneapolis/St. Paul with her film, Orgasmic Birth. We are excited to have this venue to inspire women into a new awareness of their ability to give birth.

You can buy a ticket to this event now.

Thursday, September 25, 2008
7 pm
Riverview Theater
3800 42nd Ave S. Mpls., MN 55406

Saturday, June 7, 2008

Menomonie Birth Center Visit

I'm staying this weekend at the Morning Star Womens' Health and Birth Center in Menomonie, Wisconsin. Paula Bernini is the Certified Professional Midwife (CPM) who nurtures this Victorian era "home" with antiques, birth motif and amazing garden. I don't know how she does it.

We spent some lovely time together weeding. Sitting for a cup of tea can be relaxing, but I'd rather do something. After the rains, the lamb's quarters were cropping up around her sitting bench. I asked her not to weed them, that I'd come back outside near supper time and pick a pan full for dinner.

I thought it was about time that I tried eating some lamb's quarters. I'd heard they were good food for years. So I washed 'em up and fried them in some butter with a bit of sweet red pepper and salt. OMG! Wow!

My blushing apologies to mother nature! I've been tossing these beauties out for years. In fact, they don't even grow in my yard anymore. I could cry. They are so tender and delicious! Tender and sweet, with a bit of an oxalic acid after taste, like spinach. Cooking them with a fresh mushroom to absorb the oxalic acid will cut that after taste away. (But you have to throw away the mushroom because that acid isn't good for the kidneys.)

I love spending time here at Paula's Morning Star Bed and Breakfast... I mean, Birth Center. Its a pleasant drive east from the Twin Cities. Close enough that families come from the Cities and even down from Duluth. Though Duluth is a bit of a drive.

Check out Paula's lovely new website, its inspiring! I looked at it's design longingly today as I have fussed and fretted over my blunders with my latest update.
Take care, watch the weather and when you're in Menomonie, stop by.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

ScienceDaily (May 29, 2008) — During labor, the continued presence of a doula – an experienced non-medical female companion who provides continuous labor support – has significant beneficial effects for middle- and upper-class women in childbirth, even when they have their male partner or other family member with them, according to a new study in the journal Birth.

Over a 5-year period, 224 of a group of 420 pregnant women in their third trimester were randomized to have a doula accompany them during labor, and 196 women did not receive this intervention. Cesarean delivery rates decreased by 12%, the need for an epidural dropped by 11%, and the need for a cesarean after induced labor decreased by 46%.

The doulas arrived in early labor and stayed nearby until after the birth. The doulas also gave their characteristic reassurance and encouragement to the fathers attending the birth.

The authors were DONA International members Susan K. McGrath, PhD, and John H. Kennell, MD, of Case Western Reserve University. “Continuous support by a doula during labor is a risk-free, low-cost method of reducing cesarean delivery rates that should be available to all women.”

Susan K. McGrath PhD, John H. Kennell MD (2008) A Randomized Controlled Trial of Continuous Labor Support for Middle-Class Couples: Effect on Cesarean Delivery Rates
Birth 35 (2) , 92–97
Read the Conscious Woman blog on Michel Odent's comments about his Daily Mail interview about men at birth. In fact, here is Raquel's post:

Michel Odent on Men at Childbirth

I just received another email regarding the Daily Mail article that quoted Michel Odent as having said that men should not be at the birth of their child. Being too impatient to take the time to figure it out, I emailed Dr. Odent directly. He responded within an hour:”About the pages in Daily Mail, first I was not the author of the article. It was written by a journalist after an interview on the phone. Also it is probable that people just read the sensational title. In fact I have never said that men ‘should not be at the birth of their child’. Warmest regards, Michel

I hope that clarifies things for those of you who have been questioning that piece (which -as you may notice - I am not linking to). Beware the media, especially when it comes to childbirth!

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