What does “Sacred Path Birth” mean?

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birth is Ancient

Since the beginning of time women have held one truly united honor, the gift of bringing new life into the world. Often women feel an overwhelming sense of destiny after birthing their child and share a feeling of connectedness to all mothers.

She feels a sense of purpose, “This is what I’m here to do. I was made for this”.

These feelings in many way confirm the blueprint and geneticism of the female rite.

In modern society this ‘sense’ is all too uncommon. A stronger trend is one of fear of the birth process.

Social stories that have been passed down recent generations have fed this fear, and the medical approach towards birth as a medical condition that needs intervention has only solidified the prevalent belief that birth is a scary and/or unpredictable medical emergency.

Research has estimated that up to 95 percent of women can safely give birth without medical interventions. (Wikipedia – Natural Childbirth) A minority of women may need some kind of medical help during birth, and thankfully these resources exist.

But in many cases these interventions are unnecessary and can often lead to undesirable outcomes for mother and baby, and thus feed the negative cycle of birth fear that exists today.

In most cases, the birthing process takes over and performs as a perfectly designed mechanism. The process has shown to be wise and reliable for the majority of women.

The current climate of fear for the birth process is hindering mothers from experiencing the fullness of their due rite, and the incredible feeling of accomplishment and empowerment that comes with it.

As individuals and a society it is time to replace that fear with trust and respect for the process that has worked all throughout time, and brought each one of us here today.

Honoring birth for what it has been and continues to be, a Mother’s Sacred Path….


“Natural Childbirth.” Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc. 10 Feb. 2013. Web. 17 Feb. 2013

Welcoming Summer…

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Considering it has been 6 months since my last entry, I figured it’s time to write!

What have I been doing for the last 6 months?

Well just being a crazy woman trying to tend to my family, grow Visalia Birth Network, and make strides with doula work!

I’m really excited about an event coming up called the Big Latch On. I had honestly never heard of it before a few months ago, but it is a VERY cool thing! It’s a day where breastfeeding moms gather and latch-on with their nursing child for one minute, and others count up how many mommy/baby nursing pairs there are, and send in the numbers to the Big Latch On HQ, and we see if we can beat the previous years’ numbers of mommy/child breastfeeding pairs around the world. It is a very simple and fun way to increase awareness and normalcy of breastfeeding, as a celebration of World Breastfeeding Week. This event is happening ALL OVER the world on Aug 2nd and 3rd. You can look for one in your area here.
 
You can find out more about Visalia’s Big Latch On event here.

I also LOVE some of boob beanies the Big Latch On sells in their store! They are awesome! I’m not quite sure what I’d do with it, as I have no little babe anymore to place one on, but nonetheless, I want one!
 

Every breastfed kid needs a boob beanie!

 
boob beanie
 

I am really looking forward to this summer. I’ll be staying active with VBN as we plan some really cool stuff like Movie Nights, the Improving Birth Rally, and Desserts & Doulas!
 
And of course I’ll be hanging out with my kiddos. We LOVE the Kaweah River. It is our second home in the summer. We do have access to the river from our house, but it does not compare to our FAVORITE river spot, just a short 10 min drive or so…
 
kaiya river
 

You can see that my kids are daring river explorers, they get it from their mom ッ

 
river
 

Before I sign off I’d like to share this beautiful birth with you. A mom just shared this artfully-captured homebirth with me, so I thought I’d share it here. Totally awe-inspiring… (almost makes me want to have another)
 


 
Well I wish everyone a happy summer solstice. Stay cool! If I am nowhere to be found online, you can find me at the river!
 
Till next time,

Avira

What is Mother-Friendly Maternity Care?

Have you heard the term “Mother-Friendly” in reference to Maternity Care but not fully sure of what that means? Allow me to try to lay it out for you!

Let’s start with some information about the current climate of maternity care in the U.S.

Did you know that:

  • The U.S. spends far more money per capita on maternity and newborn care than any other country, but in spite of this has ranks as one of the worst of all industrialized countries in preventing pregnancy/birth-related disease and injury? Did you also know that maternal death is 4 times greater for African-American women than for Euro-American women in America?
  • In those industrialized countries with the best perinatal outcomes, it is Midwives who attend the vast majority of births, yet in the U.S., midwife-attended births are of a great minority and hold a stigma of being a ‘fringe’ practice?
  • Current maternity and newborn practices which contribute to high costs and inferior outcomes include the inappropriate use of technology and routine procedures which are not based on current scientific evidence?
  • Continued

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