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Posts made in December, 2014

Dehumanization of women in childbirth and How to Avoid it

Posted by on Dec 31, 2014 in Blog Posts |

Dehumanization of women in childbirth and How to Avoid it

“If we provide an environment that is fearful, anxiety provoking, and deeply suspicious of nature, one that we aim to command and control, rather than to trust, then an inability to birth naturally becomes a self-fulfilling outcome in many of those who actually have the inherent ability to give birth.” Dr. Amali Lokugamage Modern obstetric care is not wellness oriented, but rather problem oriented, always on the lookout for complications or potential problems, which doctors must stay a step...

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“The Tao Does Nothing, and Nothing is Left Undone.”

Posted by on Dec 20, 2014 in Blog Posts |

“The Tao Does Nothing, and Nothing is Left Undone.”

“The Tao does nothing and nothing is left undone”, is a pearl of ancient Chinese wisdom inspired by the Tao Te Ching written by Lao Tsu. This is not an admonishment to be lazy and do nothing, but rather, this is a call to exercise Wu Wei, non-striving, natural and effortless action, following and surrendering to natural law. It means to live with an understanding of the Tao, the natural flow and rhythm of life, to live in alignment with its wisdom and not fight against its principles. Lao Tsu...

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The Sublime Music of Birth

Posted by on Dec 19, 2014 in Blog Posts |

The Sublime Music of Birth

A typical Zen understanding says that life cannot be described, only experienced, this is also true of birth. Trying to see all of life or all of birth at once, is like trying to explore a vast cave with a box of matches. The only way to truly see, know, and understand, is to place oneself square in the midst of it, let go, surrender, breathe, move with, and revel in every present moment as it unfolds, lingers, and departs. It is rather like listening to music. If we discover a piece of music...

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“What is Your Track Record?”

Posted by on Dec 16, 2014 in Blog Posts |

“What is Your Track Record?”

Recently I was asked a question by an expectant mother who called to inquire into birth doula services. “What is your track record”, she asked, “for realizing unmedicated vaginal birth outcomes, versus medicated births, as well as cesareans?” This question, I must admit, caused a very strong emotional response, and I have been musing on it since yesterday. It made me think firstly that it was interesting that she asked this question very openly and forthrightly, a few do. Most leave this as an...

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Just Let Go

Posted by on Dec 5, 2014 in Blog Posts |

Just Let Go

We discover we are pregnant, and in an instant, our life and the whole world has changed. From that day forward we learn a certain lesson in letting go that nothing can teach us quite like being a mother, or quite the same way our children do. We think of a myriad ways to control the expanding of our figure, the seeking of birthing wisdom and knowledge, the progression of our pregnancy, and even convincing ourselves we can choose the date on which our baby will be born. As soon as we do this,...

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