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Birth – hobby or work?

I am in the process of trying to decide what role the website will have in my future life (let’s face it, 15 years is a long time to keep it going). As part of the process I’ve starting thinking about what it takes to make birth a job rather than a hobby. To start […]

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Feb 23rd, 2015 Paths

How not to compare statistics

I’ve spent the last five years learning how to interpret research, I know it isn’t easy.  I didn’t always know this.  I used to think I could read the conclusions of a paper, check out a few things and either incorporate it or ignore it.  The problem was, just like all humans, my trust in […]

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Midwife as Coach

I want to share a wonderful line I heard recently. “I am going to remind her of the goals she set for herself.  As her coach, that is my job.” This resonates so well with my philosophy of care.  As a midwife, it is not my job to set the goals.  It is my job to […]

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What I learn from hosting a web directory – five things you should change

If you have never looked at the Natural Childbirth Directory, you should.  This portion of the website is truly a labor of love.  While the rest of the pages need little work but annual review, these pages get updated often because the links change and people submit new websites.  It takes a lot of work […]

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End of the Year and Waterbirth

When I wrapped up the last series I thought I could make weekly posts…I was ambitious.  I was correct in my suspicion that my workload would increase near the end of the semester. I am now in the midst of a working break between semesters and I don’t see an end to the heavy workload […]

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Wrap up for Fear of Childbirth

Thank you for exploring the concept of fear of childbirth with me.  My personal understanding of childbirth fear has changed in the 15 years I have been working with expectant women.  Fear of childbirth is a more complex experience than natural childbirth theories I learned so long ago seem to accept.Even so, I have been […]

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Fear of childbirth and Guilt

As I researched for this series, I was struck by Fisher’s (2006) paper on the social context of fear.  The thesis of this study was the social context of childbirth influences how women understand childbirth, and this impacts how they experience it on an individual level. In the discussion of prospective fear, Fisher discusses prior […]

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“Ignoring” fear of childbirth

This week we’ve been looking at ways childbirth educators think about managing women’s fear of childbirth.  We talked about education and relaxation, but today I want to talk about ignoring the fear. If you can’t think of any natural childbirth theories that support the use of ignoring fear, it is because there are not any. […]

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“Relaxing” the fear of childbirth away

Earlier this week we looked at research that both supported and refuted the idea that you could teach away the fear of childbirth. Today I want to focus on another tactic for managing fear of childbirth, relaxation.  This discussion is a little more theoretical, a little more about defining what things mean than the last […]

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“Teaching” away fear of childbirth

We’ve been talking about fear of childbirth, and last week we spent some time in the research looking at sources of fear.  Today I’d like to change gears and begin looking at ways childbirth professionals think about dealing with women’s fears. First method to review — education. The concept that you can teach away childbirth […]

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