New Classifieds Listings Arena Made Specifically For Us!

New Classifieds Listings Arena Made Specifically For Us!


Everything Birth thinks of, well… everything. Not only have they brought us a free community forum (where we can swap stories and information,) a fabulous consulting program where we can earn money by doing what we already do (spread the word about the benefits of cloth diapering,) an Amazon links page (so we can easily find the best prices on items they don’t carry, but we love,) a medical supply store specializing in midwife and birth supplies, and this regularly updated blog, but now… now they have created:

Birth Depot is a free classifieds listings arena made just for us by the people at Everything Birth. On it, we can easily:

  • Register as a member very simply!
  • Start listing our items within minutes of registration.
  • Manage our ads from a personal “dashboard.”
  • Easily upload photos of our items.

We get to do all of this… FOR FREE.

The pregnancy, birth and early motherhood market is a very specialized market. Birth Depot is a safe, comfortable, easy to maneuver place for us to buy and sell products of interest without having to sift through ads of less consequence to us. We can:

  • Buy or sell midwifery and birthing supplies
  • Buy or sell used cloth diapers
  • Buy or sell baby gear
  • Buy or sell birth, pregnancy or infant related books and DVDs
  • Buy or sell maternity and baby clothes

Sure there’re other places online where you can place classified ads.

On the largest classifieds site, I have been highly disappointed while searching for baby gear, when I stumble across an ad promoting “adult services.”  Ever since they eliminated that category, the ads haven’t gone away; they just show up in other places.  Depending on where I’m at in my monthly cycle, I either get mildly annoyed or I become highly enraged at the infidelity that is clearly attempting to happen while I try to buy a few gently used cloth diapers.

On another classifieds site, you don’t have to worry about this, but you do have to invest a bunch of time building up relationships within the forum before you are even allowed to sell or trade an item. While we understand the reasons behind this, we also know that some of us don’t make a habit out of buying and selling items, so a complicated registration and “getting to know you” period just isn’t convenient.  So we end up just not doing it. Those of us that don’t have this kind of time or interest used to sell our cloth diapers on eBay, but then eBay decided cloth diapers are unpleasant, so we were left with very little options.

Now, thanks to the rad people at Everything Birth, we have the perfect solution.  I’ve also got to add, it feels comforting to me knowing that this new classifieds listing forum is was created by a company that has continually and pleasantly  shocked me with their high standard of business ethics, non-judgmental outlook on parenting, dedication to children and midwifery, and responsible lifestyles.

-Dawn Papple

Birth Perception.

When I tell my birth story to some people they just can’t believe that I carried twins for 37 weeks thinking there was only one baby in there.  They ask “weren’t you really big?”  No.  “Couldn’t you feel a lot of movement?” Kind of.  But I had nothing to relate it to.

I just think I had a very healthy outlook on my pregnancy.  What I did not know, only helped me.  I trusted that my body would tell me if something were wrong.  My midwives would pick up the signals of  anything going bad.  Choosing not to have ultrasound or any excessive interventions was a choice I made.  All of the prenatal testing in the world would not change the fact that I was pregnant.  Negative results would only add stress to my pregnancy.  As long as there was a heartbeat and I was feeling healthy that was all that mattered to me.  My pregnancy would continue and if there was a road block then we would deal with it when it came up.

Looking back, had I read any of the books about twin pregnancy, I probably would have been on bed rest at 32 weeks like most of them suggest.  Instead, I was swimming and walking everyday up until my 37th week.  My perception was that I was carrying a singleton, and that is what my pregnancy presented itself as.  My mind did not fear anything twin related because it had no idea that was even a possibility.  Was I scared to give birth for the first time?  Certainly.  But I addressed my fears and ackowledged them all.

The two weeks from when we discovered the twins to when I had the cesarean, were stressful.  I will not deny that.  I was just waiting for labor.  Full term for twins is 35 weeks.  Why was my body not going into labor?  I will never know the answer to that question.  All I can think is that my visualizations and birth affirmations worked.  They kept my fearful mind at bay and my body went along with perception that all was good and healthy.  I just happened to get two for one that time.

Affirmations can be so empowering.

My body knows how to birth my baby.

My baby knows how to be born.

I relax and fully turn my birthing over to nature.

I am safe even though I may be scared.

I put all fear aside and welcome my baby with happiness and joy.

Bless,

Jess

Do Your Research.

I am not a sheep.  I do not just do things because everyone else is doing it.  I guess that is why when I got pregnant I needed to know everything I could learn about what I was going to experience.  After scouring through book after book, I realized that my best chance at having an intervention free birth was going to be at my home or a birth center.

If you have been reading this blog for a while you will know that my first birth did not wind up at home, but in the hospital.  I am thankful that the medical assistance was there when I needed it, but when it came time to have my next birth, I went back to the homebirth plan.  Why, because I did my research.  I didn’t want to have another cesarean just because I had one the first time.  And according to the statistics at the hospitals where I lived, that was most likely what was going to happen.

Here are a few book titles that I think are essential reading if you just found out you are pregnant, or if you just want to read up on this topic.

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth,

by Ina May Gaskin.

Discover the proven wisdom that has guided thousands of women through childbirth with more confidence, less pain, and little or no medical intervention.

The Thinking Woman’s Guide to Better Birth

by Henci Goer

Certified Lamaze instructor and activist Henci Goer brings women the carefully researched facts they’ll want to have–the complete rundown on modern pregnancy and childbirth.

Gentle Birth Choices: Book with DVD

by Barbara Harper

”Should I give birth at home, in a birth center, or in a hospital? Should I see a midwife or an obstetrician for prenatal care? What approach to pain relief should I use during labor? How does a waterbirth work?”

Expectant parents are faced with a daunting array of choices to make about prenatal care, labor, and birth. InGentle Birth ChoicesBarbara Harper, renowned childbirth advocate, nurse, midwife, and mother of three, explains all the available choices and shows how to plan a truly meaningful, family-centered birth experience. She dispels the medical myths that so often shift control of birth away from women and reimagines birth without fear or violence and with minimal pain. Harper reveals the abundant range of gentle birth approaches, including:

•giving birth in an independent birth center, at home, or in a hospital birthing room
•finding a primary caregiver who shares your philosophy of birth
•deciding how to best use current technologies

She also provides practical advice for couples wishing to explore options such as hiring a doula or laboring in water to avoid the unwanted effects of drugs and epidurals.

Transformation

I think this word describes the childbearing year best.  All of the changes we encounter as we first realize we are pregnant, our bodies morph into an incubator, and most importantly we evolve into Motherhood.   The emotions, and hormones, and realizations all seem to be parts of this wonderous maturity that I knew I would not feel complete until I experienced childbirth.  Even after my first birth ended in cesarean, I still had a strong pull to attempt natural delivery.  My body knew it needed to complete the cycle.  I needed to feel it.

I guess it is all part of the biological clock.  The ticking is stronger in some women than in others.  But it is a fragment of what makes us mammals.  The need and desire to pass on a piece of yourself is magical.  There is no question that when a woman reaches that point in labor when she realizes that there is no turning back, this baby is coming out, she reaches a whole new level of understanding.  Clarity.

I think it is mostly fear that deters some women from wanting to be faced with the intensity of bringing forth life.  My personal fear is that the direction of birth in this country has been led astray.   And our understanding of normal birth is lost.  Once women collectively decide that it is time to turn around and start back where we should be heading, than we can truly begin to replace that fear with courage.  The wisdom that your body will be safe and strong.  We are designed to transform and bring forth life.

Eunice Romero, LM, CPM, CLC, CBE, CD

Each week I will feature a Midwife, Doula, Birth Center, Child Birth Educator. This week I have for you Eunice Romero. Take a peek at what Eunice has in her birth kit. Eunice Romero Birth Kit

…An ancient river of blood will flow on through me.                                              When it comes time to see my child free;                                                                     just like a river that opens into the sea,                                                                       am gonna let my child flow right out of me…                                                            ~unknown.

My name is Eunice; I  graduated from Miami Dade College in 2007 , with an Associates in Midwifery Sciences.I came to be involved with births since the women in my family would tell me the stories of their beautiful births with a Midwife.

I believe Birth is safe, and each and every baby is a miracle. I enjoy using my midwifery skills and experience, to educate pregnant women in Miami and Broward Counties (South Florida), so they can have a healthier pregnancies and healthy babies with the help of all the resources and the information i offer. Women believe in the birth energy around you, and watch it, for it will show how comfortable and loving people are around you… the birthing woman.

I offer doula services for any pregnant woman who feels she needs support during her labor, and birth.

It would be an honor for me to attend your birth, and help the parents how to cope with the emotional intensity that labor and birth brings. I would be more than glad to talk about breastfeeding and help mothers who have decided this is the right way to feed their children.

LICENSED MIDWIFE BY THE STATE OF FLORIDA
CERTIFIED PROFESSIONAL MIDWIFE
CERTIFIED LABOR/BIRTH DOULA
CHILD BIRTH EDUCATOR
CERTIFIED LACTATION COUNCELOR
PLACENTA ENCAPSULATOR                                                                                                                                                                       ENGLISH / SPANISH


Eunice Romero, LM, CPM, CLC, CBE, CD
A Natural Maternity Care, for a Natural Way of Birthing.
www.Placentatree.com
(786) 380-0559

Tune it out

I know it is a bit ironic what I am about to blog about.  I am basically going to rant a bit about the overconsumption of media these days.  Here I am just adding to the machine with this blog which in turn I am advising to tune it all out.  But don’t stop reading now,  just hear me out.

What is tipping me over the edge is all of the oil spill news that is utterly making me want to vomit every day I hear more.  Every day that goes by and that hole in our earth is bleeding.  We forget that the true purpose of oil deep in our Earth’s crust is to help lubricate the tectonic plates.  I am no scientist, but it is no wonder our planet is experiencing so many tragic earthquakes.  We are sucking out all of the lube.  Ok, enough about that.

I am officially going to tune it all out.  I yearn for the simpler times in my life.  When I used to be a river guide and I lived in the North woods of Maine.  Where the closest phone was 30 miles away and if I saw a newspaper once a month I was lucky.  I had no clue about what was going on in the world that summer.  All that mattered was each moment of each day.

When you bring a baby into this world we are living in, it can be challenging not to get overwhelmed by all of the bad news we are bombarded with.  But throughout time there has always been bad news.  And in the future there will be even more bad news.  We need to put the bad news in its place.  Tuck it away where it can’t reach you.  Protect yourself and your children from the toxic flow of energy.  How you ask?   By just letting it all go.  Visualize yourself living 100 years ago.  Where if you wanted to know the weather, you just looked out the window.  And if you want to know what is going on around you, strap that baby onto your back and go out for a walk.

Just after giving birth I felt like I was so open to the universe.  I had a heightened sense of awareness like never before in my life.  This time in a womans life needs to be guarded and protected from all of the negativity that surrounds us.   All of our mama conciousness needs to be focused on the little baby and the home that is being created.  So if you are about to give birth or just had a baby, seriously make the effort to block out the gloomy “realities”  and just live your live in the now.

How to Explain Homebirth to a Toddler.

Or anyone else that just does not get it.  Adults included.

If you have a toddler and you are planning a homebirth, look no further for a simple way to explain what is happening.  Kelly Mochel has written and illustrated a wonderful children’s book that explains everything.  The illustrations depict the anatomical realities of a woman giving birth and nursing her newborn.

We’re Having a Homebirth is all about explaining that homebirth is a natural process not a medical emergency.

In a societiy that makes it difficult to find real images of the birthing process.   It is refreshing to find a children’s book about the realities of childbirth.  And that it is normal to birth at home.