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Mother tying umbilical chord

Woman Powered Birth

Photo: Unison Photo (this is what a lifeless cord looks like and the appropriate time to cut) Birth belongs in the hands of the woman doing it. All birth is woman powered birth. Birth attendants are support people. Not the stars of the show, just the supporting cast. People often ask me how many babies I have delivered. […]

Midwifery Model of Care: What is Midwifery?

Midwifery Model of Care by Birth Photographer

This is an account of the Midwifery Model of Care through the eyes of a birth photographer/doula. I was at a birth recently. There was a birth photographer attending, to document. I have worked with professional photographers at birth before and I am very welcoming of their presence; it is so important for people to […]

Birth Positions

This poster of birth positions is on the wall of a birthing suite in the Pius Hospital de Valls hospital in Spain. This picture was clicked by water birth advocate and colleague Barbara Harper on her recent visit there. Check out how nice and wide that hospital bed is! The extra foot width gives so […]

Epidural in the spinal chord

Epidurals Have No Side Effects in Kerala

I had an opportunity this week on Facebook to be completely flabbergasted by this misinformation. It came from reading the following post written by consultant anesthesiologist Dr. Neelam MBBS, DA, DNB at The Cradle Hospital in Calicut, Kerala. Painless Childbirth Labour pain is rated as severe by most women who do not receive pain relief. With […]

Birth plan infographic

How to Create Your Birth Plan

Source: https://thebestseasonofmylife.wordpress.com/2015/08/20/a-downloadable-visual-birth-plan/ Knowing how to create birth plans are a necessary part of the birth process. When birth happens, birth plans give parents and caretakers something to stick to. I’m a big fan of birth plans especially for birth in hospital settings. If you are birthing at home with a midwife you have probably had lots […]