So Many Awesome Links!

Hey Everyone!


I have updated the USEFUL LINKS page on the website. Really, there’s some awesome information here! If you’re thinking about having a baby, getting ready to birth a baby, just had one, or are curious about baby and toddler development, this is your thing!


Oh yeah – next class begins June 13. One space left!


“Our butts are so important, let’s celebrate them!” – Ina May Gaskin

“We are the only species of mammal  that can doubt its capacity to give birth….we are the only species of mammal that regards it’s rear-end with contempt”.

If you haven’t heard this Ted Talk featuring the wonderful Ina May Gaskin, celebrate your butt right now – sit on it and listen!

Home, breech, healthy twins!

This is a truly amazing story of twins born at home naturally, 33 hours apart. This may not be the choice that my neighbor or my cousin would make, but I believe an inspiring birth story contains something for everyone’s benefit. We can all learn from each others’ positive stories, can’t we?!

Read on, and become inspired!

Maintaining balance and creating a beautiful home birth experience. ~ Lana Shlafer

Breastfeeding laws, state-by-state

The federal government allows protections for breastfeeding moms on public federal property. But what about breastfeeding or pumping breast milk at work? What about breastfeeding in a restaurant? How does your state protect breastfeeding moms?

Click here, the National Conference of State Legislatures to find how your state stacks up.

Business of Being Born

On the Ricki Lake show this week, Ricki discusses…The Business of Being Born.

“Home birth may not be for everybody, but certainly informed choice is for everybody.”

Audrey Pauline Elder’s Birth Story ~ 8.21.12 ~ 5:54 am ~ 7 lbs, 7 oz

Audrey’s parents, Lyra and Lee Elder, were model students of Portland Hypnobabies. I am so proud of them!

Please feel free to share their story with friends and family so the world can learn how peaceful birth can be.

Audrey Pauline Elder’s Birth Story ~ 8.21.12 ~ 5:54 am ~ 7 lbs, 7 oz

We transferred our care to Andaluz Watherbirth Center Monday morning (8.20.12) at 41 weeks and 5 days, only 2 days to 42 weeks, the day our OB wanted us to induce.  Our initial intake appointment at Birth Center was at 4 pm Monday afternoon, at that point I was having some “different” feeling pressure waves and I had been experiencing some new cramping sensations for the past few days.

After our appointment, my husband, Lee and I went out to Vietnamese downtown and had some spicy Pho soup and went for a walk along the waterfront.  At this point, I was experiencing manageable pressure waves and we noticed they seemed to be occurring a bit more consistently, about every 20-30 minutes apart.  After our walk we headed home, with a lot of excitement and anticipation of “could this really be IT? ~ finally, the day we have been waiting for these 10 long months.

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