Experiencing pregnancy

A guest post by Kristin Revere

I am happy to be able share my experiences as a newly certified Sacred Pregnancy instructor with the Grand Rapids Natural Living community.  grand rapids pregnancy

I read “Sacred Pregnancy” the book during my last pregnancy and it changed my views on this time so much that I felt called to be an instructor.  I signed up for the Virginia retreat before my son was even born.

I was considered high risk during my first pregnancy as I developed pre-eclampsia and had many of the signs in the first trimester with my second child. I started seeking natural methods to treat it and read many books on holistic pregnancy. None of the other books compared to the peace and serenity that I felt when reading “Sacred Pregnancy”.  In the end, I was able to have the natural, unmedicated birth that I desired and give much of the credit to the amazing movement that Anni Daulter created. I also give credit to my husband, doulas, naturopath and chiropractor for all of their support during my pregnancy, labor and beyond.

The instructor training was unique in that we didn’t just learn the material to be able to teach it in our hometowns, we were immersed in the program as if we were the pregnant women experiencing it for ourselves. It was such an amazing way to bring the joy and beauty of the Sacred Pregnancy movement to life.

grand rapids pregnnacy

The first series of the eight week pregnancy journey classes began here in Grand Rapids just last week. I feel so fortunate to be able to share in such a beautiful and powerful time in the lives of each of the women in my class. I was happy to be able to hold space for them to create connections with each other and find joy in this time that many people see as all about the baby. I want two hours each week to be all about the pregnant mamas.

I think that it is important for women to be able to experience pregnancy and birth in a more meaningful and personal way as Sacred Pregnancy teaches in the classes and in the book. Today’s society is so fast paced and disconnected that it is more important than ever to connect with ourselves, our babies, and other women during this important rite of passage. Women in tribal cultures support one another during pregnancy and birth and Sacred Pregnancy is bringing this tradition to women everywhere.

grand rapids pregnancy

The sessions are a special place for pregnant women to gather together for (“Pregnancy Journey” classes) for eight weeks early in their pregnancy journeys and again for (“Birth Journey” classes) four weeks toward the end of their pregnancies. Each week is spent exploring pertinent topics that naturally arise for most women as they walk down their pregnancy paths and encourage deep sharing, exploring art, expression, laughter, honoring and celebration.

I am holding a free Sacred Pregnancy info night on Monday, May 27th from 6:30 to 8pm at Baby Beloved inside the Women’s Health Center located at 555 Mid Towne St NE Ste 100 Grand Rapids, MI 49503. There will be refreshments and giveaways at the event. I will show you how to create a sacred space in your home and will have a “going to the bowl” ceremony and answer any questions. Please bring a small jar to take your bath salts home in if you wish to participate in the salt bowl ceremony.

26aKristin Revere is a fundraiser and works with nonprofits centered on women and children, as well as the arts. She is involved in the Healthy Kent Breastfeeding Coalition and was an organizer of an event with the national breastfeeding advocacy nonprofit called Milk for Thought. One of her clients offers free postpartum support to mothers. Kristin is passionate about empowering women to have the birth and pregnancy that they desire.

 

Please email sacredpregnancygr@gmail.com or call (616) 340-1086  for more information about classes. Additional classes can be set up based on demand.

For more information on Sacred Pregnancy the book, classes and courses, visit: http://www.sacredpregnancy.com. For details on the Sacred Pregnancy Grand Rapids classes, visit the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/SacredPregnancyGrandRapids.

All photos copyright of Victoria Karalun, owner of Canary Lane Photography. She specializes in newborn, lifestyle and birth photography. Victoria has documented Sacred Pregnancy retreats in North Carolina, Virginia and California.



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EcoBuns new ownership {and a special discount for you!}

EcoBuns, a fantastic cloth diaper and natural baby care store in Holland, MI, just changed ownership and I had the pleasure of chatting with one of them. Here’s what Marissa had to say about EcoBuns:

What excites you about owning a company dedicated to cloth diapers?

Marissa: When I first started cloth diapering I was so confused about it all. It was Kellie, the original owner of EcoBuns, who sat down with me for over an hour and explained all the ins and outs of cloth diapering. If it weren’t for her and having a local store around to give me guidance when I first started, I probably wouldn’t have cloth diapered at all. I love that I can now be that person for other moms!

What customer services are you really passionate about?

Marissa: I am really excited to offer local natural parenting resources to the Holland Area such as babywearing classes, cloth diaper classes, natural birth option classes and more. EcoBuns is really focused on being not only a retail store, but also a resource center for all aspects of natural parenting. We are also now offering on-site diaper repair as well as snap conversions which are all done by one of the new owners.

What can people expect from the new ownership?

Marissa: A commitment to keeping our store fully stocked with the products that our customers love. Customers can expect useful parenting products and essential educational resources all in one place, along with exceptional customer service.

Will there always be knowledgeable staff available to help customers?

Marissa: YES! There are three new owners of EcoBuns: myself, my sister Meghan and our mom Vicki. Meghan and I both currently cloth diaper our kids. Vicki used cloth diapers on us in the 80’s with prefolds, pins and plastic pants, and she now uses the newer, easier version of cloth diapers on her grandkids. We can all help you with any of questions.

You mentioned classes for cloth diapers, what topics do you cover?

Marissa: We hold Buns Bootcamp classes once a month. It’s an hour-long class that covers topics such as reasons to use cloth diapers, styles and options of cloth, washing instructions, do’s and do not’s of cloth, what you can expect from us as your cloth diaper resource and finally, how we can help you get your stash started at little to no cost! You can find all of our current classes and events on our website.

Where are you located, and what are your current hours?

Marissa: EcoBuns is in The Holland Town Center (formally known as the Outlet Mall). We are between Carter’s and Gap Outlet, facing Dutch Village. (super easy to get to!) And we are open Tuesday to Saturday, 10:00am to 8:00pm. Please stop in and check out all that we have to offer!

As a special discount to our GRNL readers, EcoBuns is offering $5.00 off any purchase of $30 or more! Just print out the coupon below and bring it in to the store by the end of March.

ecobuns coupon



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The Most Important Decisions You’ll Make: Careprovider

choosing and OB or midwife

It wasn’t until I became a doula ( after my third child) that I realized what were the two most important decisions I had made during my pregnancies.

 Who I chose as my care provider, and where I chose to give birth.

Your birth will affect you and your child for the rest of your lives. The way you give birth and most importantly the way you feel about it afterward will set you up for motherhood. The person who cares for you during pregnancy and delivery and the environment you give birth in will affect this, more so than anything else. The better the support, and the more comfortable you are in your environment means greater safety for you and your baby. (A Doula’s consistent support affects this as well, as evidenced by the studies in my prior post on Doula support.)

“Early in your pregnancy, it is important to make thoughtful decisions about who will be your caregiver and where you plan to give birth.” (childbirthconnection.org)

Childbirth Connection says these major decisions can influence the following:

  • the care that you receive and the effects of that care
  • the quality of your relationship with your main and other caregivers
  • the amount of information you receive
  • the choices and options you will have, particularly during your labor and birth
  • the degree to which you are involved with decisions about your care.

Ultimately it will also shape your entire experience in some of the following ways:

For the majority of low-risk women, you have options in and out of the hospital. There are many types of care providers: OB’s, Family Practice Doctors, Midwives, Nurse- Midwives.

It’s important to interview your care provider and see if you like their philosophy of birth, model of care , and style of practice. You may also have to take into consideration your insurance and financial situation.

Prep for Birth has an excellent article on choosing a care provider that has a list of questions to bring to an interview. She suggests taking a self-inventory after an interview; measure how the provider made you feel, how willing they were to answer your questions, and whether you and your partner liked the answers to those questions. If you don’t like the way you relate to someone during an interview or prenatal care, chances are you won’t like it during labor. Pay close attention to your intuition and honor it.

On that note, if you find late in the game that you don’t work well with your care provider, it’s never too late to hire a new one! You are your own advocate. Pursue the support you want and need.

Next month we’ll address Location! Location! Location!

 

More resources:

Preparing For Birth

Picking Your Care Provider – Interview Questions

Childbirth Connection

Choosing a Caregive: What you need to know.

Consider interviewing one of these experienced Grand rapids midwives:

Yolanda Visser CNM,CM

Birthsong Midwifery

Susan Wente CNM

Profile: Midwife Extrordinaire

Laura Slater, Midwife

MI Homebirth

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is a Doula?

what is a doula

Many in the natural parenting community may have stumbled upon this word at some point in their parenting journey. Modern day doulas are still a fairly new trend and I still get asked all the time, “What is a doula?”

The word doula comes from greek – it was used to refer to a woman’s close, personal servant.

Today the word doula refers to a professional labor support person. Doulas provide informational, emotional and physical support during pregnancy, the birth, and beyond. There are birth doulas that focus primarily on pregnancy, birth, and immediate postpartum. There are also Postpartum Doulas that specialize in supporting the newborn and family. Many doulas are trained for all of the above!

Doulas of North America defines a doula as the following:

A Birth Doula

  • Recognizes birth as a key experience the mother will remember all her life
  • Understands the physiology of birth and the emotional needs of a woman in labor
  • Assists the woman in preparing for and carrying out her plans for birth
  • Stays with the woman throughout the labor
  • Provides emotional support, physical comfort measures and an objective viewpoint, as well as helping the woman get the information she needs to make informed decisions
  • Facilitates communication between the laboring woman, her partner and her clinical care providers
  • Perceives her role as nurturing and protecting the woman’s memory of the birth experience
  • Allows the woman’s partner to participate at his/her comfort level

The support of a doula provides many benefits to the mother, and her support persons. Statistically women who have a doula experience the following during birth:

  • Shorter labors
  • Less interventions, including induction,augmentation and assisted deliveries
  • Lower Cesarean Section Rates
  • More successful breastfeeding experience
  • Less need for pain mediation
  • More positive feelings associated with their birth experience
  • Less risk of postpartum mental disorders
  • More confidence as a parent

Any woman can benefit from the support of a doula. Even if you plan to have an epidural A.S.A.P., have an elective cesarean scheduled, or if things don’t go as planned. There is a  terrific article on the International Cesarean Awareness Network blog about doula support during a planned cesarean.

If you would like to know more about doulas, or meet some in our community the West Michigan Doulas Co-op  holds a Materni-tea the first Saturday of the month at 1pm and the third Thursday of the month at 6pm at Hopscotch Childrens Store. You can even check the growing list of local doulas here on GRNL’s local doula directory.

More resources from the DONA website:

  • Lying in, Canadian Medical Association Journal, September 17, 2002

 

Blog photo credit Jennifer Holshoe Photography

 

{tonight} Local showing of the documentary “More Business of Beng Born”

Tonight is a special charity presentation of the Ricki Lake documentary “More Business of Being Born” brought to you by the West Michigan Better Birth Network and Simply Born.

Wednesday, June 27th @ 7:00 pm
(doors open @ 6:00 pm to meet and visit the vendors)
Wealthy Theatre
1130 Wealthy SE, Grand Rapids, MI

$5 donation at the door

This presentation will

• Raise awareness of the many options available for childbirth in Grand Rapids
• Bring the community together in support of healthy birth and healthy families
• Raise funds for the local non-profit organization MomsBloom

MomsBloom was born to bring volunteers and families together to provide physical and emotional support to any
family with a newborn – free of charge.

MomsBloom provides three things: weekly assistance with whatever tasks or chores are most pressing; a connection to other parents and resources; and fact-based education that gives moms the confidence to make their own choices about child-rearing.

Stay after the film for a panel discussion about How to Optimize Your Birth with local birth professionals.

Meet local birth and family friendly vendors and see what they have to offer the community

Enter the raffle and participate in the silent auction for your chance to bring home great prizes!

You may also enjoy refreshments available at the theatre concession stand. (alcoholic beverages available with a theatre membership)

Special Deliveries: Celebrity Mothers Talk Straight on Birth features celebrity moms Laila Ali, Gisele Bundchen, Cindy Crawford, Alyson Hannigan, Melissa Joan Hart, Kellie Martin,  Alanis Morissette, Christy Turlington-Burns, and Kimberly Williams-Paisley.

Special Deliveries is a collection of intimate birth stories from a diverse group of mothers. Whether they chose to deliver at a hospital, home, or birth center, these heartfelt and humorous testimonies speak to the lasting power of the birth experience.
(Running Time: 74 min)

I don’t think I’ll be able to make it, but I sure hope you go! This event was put together by some very passionate and caring women – it should be fantastic.

Plus, you’ll be able to meet a lot of our local health companies and service providers.



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Local Couple to Swim Lake Michigan for PPD Awareness

post partum depression

photo credit:pagedooley

Sara and Jeff Tow are working hard this summer to raise awareness of postpartum depression by becoming the first married couple to complete a 50 mile ultra-marathon swim across Lake Michigan this summer on August 15, 2012!

“In August of 2012 (around the 15th – 17th, depending on weather conditions), we’ll be crossing Lake Michigan at its midpoint. Straight across, this is a 50 mile swim… an ultra-marathon swim. With current and wind and the ever-changing, unpredictable weather on the lake, the likelihood is we’ll swim between 55 and 60 miles when we step on the beach in Ludington, Michigan.”

Both Sara and Jeff dealt with perinatal mood disorders after both of their children, they’ve been there – done that. And now they’re trying to inform others about what these mood disorders may look like, because you can’t always tell when you’re in the midst of it.

Types of Perinatal Mood Disorders:

  • Pregnancy or Postpartum Depression
  • Pregnancy or Postpartum Anxiety
  • Pregnancy or Postpartum Obsessive Compulsive Disorder
  • Postpartum Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder
  • Postpartum Psychosis

Read more about the symptoms of each.

“Women [and men] of every culture, age, income level and race can develop perinatal mood and anxiety disorders. Symptoms can appear any time during pregnancy and the first 12 months after childbirth.”

Listening to their stories is heart-wrenching, yet all so real and really hits close to home. So often perinatal mood disorders go undiagnosed or untreated because we really don’t realize what’s going on in our minds, and what symptoms are really connected to them.

Sara’s Story

Jeff’s Story

Make sure you follow Through the Blue on Facebook to keep up to date on their progress and training!

And swimming 50 (yes, FIFTY) miles is hard. Very hard. You can get involved and help make sure they have the equipment they need or send them an encouraging note to let them know how important this swim really is, for everyone who has children. For the health and well-being of our families.

They have two goals for donations made to Through the Blue:

The first is to help agencies/groups who help families with a focus on Perinatal Mood Disorders. The second is to help make this swim a reality by assisting with the expenses required to complete the journey. These two go hand-in-hand.

By helping those who help families, we are making a difference in people’s lives and providing them with the resources they need to get that help. By completing the swim, we are actively raising awareness and drawing attention to this mental illness in a way that has never been done before. Simply put, a successful swim makes for a successful awareness campaign.

This is only the beginning. While the swim may be a one-time event, Through The Blue is preparing to keep the message going beyond this event. We hope that the connections we make today, and those who join Team Tow now, will be partners in the long-term journey of continually raising awareness for this cause that is near and dear to our hearts. We suffered greatly. We don’t want others to suffer.



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Unbound Birth {giveaway and review}

The last couple of weeks I’ve been looking over the new book “Unbound Birth: How to Have a Natural Birth in the Hospital”, recently released by Jenny Yarbrough. I sure wish I would have had a resource like this back when I had my first.

I knew nothing of birthing and definitely did not have the “crunchy” mama friends I have now. I only knew the very basics about the process and knew I wanted to try for a natural birth. But like most women, was very apprehensive about the whole thing and wanted to keep and “open mind” in case I “needed” medication, and epidural, or a c-section.

“Many women have very clear ideas about what their birth experiences will be like but many don’t know that they have choices when giving birth in the hospital.  Natural birth is not just for home birthers.” – Unbound Birth

Both of my children were born in the hospital, the first I never even had homebirth as a passing thought. The second I looked into it, but it just wasn’t feasible financially. At all. So whether you’re a hospital gal all the way, unsure of birthing at home, or are ‘stuck’ using the hospital due to finances, this book will help prepare you for birthing within the hospital.

This book covers great topics like:

  • Natural Birth Is For Everyone
  • Natural Birth Is Not Scary!
  • Natural Birth Is Empowering
  • How to Help Yourself Trough the Pain of Labor
  • Why the Baby’s Position Is So Important
  • Birth Plans
  • The Importance of a Healthy Diet
  • Don’t Forget to Exercise!

Jenny Yarbrough is a trained childbirth educator with a degree in social work whose passion for guiding women to pursue the birth that they desire started with her first pregnancy. Through her own natural hospital birth experiences and years of empowering, educating, and encouraging women, Yarbrough combines her wealth of personal and professional experience in her first book, Unbound Birth: How to Have a Natural Birth in the Hospital. (also available on Kindle)

“The more I talked to women the more I was astounded by what their doctors did not tell them about interventions and the possible risks that go along with them,” shares Yarbrough. “I was also surprised at how few women knew that you could have a natural birth in the hospital.  Everyone thinks that a home birth is the only option, but it’s not.  I’ve read that thousands of women would like to have a natural hospital birth, but only a fraction actually do. I want to help change that.” – Jenny

Purchase

You can buy a PDF copy right from the Unbound Birth website or from Amazon for a Kindle (or kindle app for iPhone, iPad, or PC) for only $4.99. And you can also read a sample of the book on the Unbound Birth site as well!

 

Giveaway

Jenny is also graciously offering one copy of her book to our readers here at Grand Rapids Natural Living!

To enter:

  • leave a comment on this post.

For extra entries:

(leave a separate comment for each one)

Giveaway ends Saturday, February 11 at 11:59PM (midnight)

Giveaway Fine Print

1) giveaway item will be one copy of the Unbound Birth ebook, sent via email as a PDF document. 2)Entrants must be over 18 and have a US mailing address. 3) Giveaway to run from 02/06/2012 to 02/11/2012 at 11:59PM. 4) Entries will be considered when left as a comment, valid e-mail address required, maximum 4 entries per person when using the extra entires. 5) Winner will be chosen via random number. 6) Duplicate entries will be deleted if found, contest will be extended is site issues come up. 7 ) giveaway sponsored by Unbound Birth 8) No purchase necessary to win. 9) Prize not redeemable for cash. 10)Parent company Naturally Knocked Up, LLC is not liable for any injury or damage to persons and/or things as a result of the acceptance of the prize offered.



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West Michigan Doulas

Many Grand Rapids women choose to hire a doula to attend their births, in or out of the hospital. A doula helps give support, emotional, physical, and mental, during labor and often time acts as an advocate for the couple within a hospital setting. Hiring a doula has also been shown to increase the occurrence of having a natural birth.

I happen to know many of the local doulas and find being around them truly wonderful! They are knowledgable and passionate about what they do. The Grand Rapids area is a treasure trove of labor support.

The following doulas are ones who have sent in their information so that they could be listed on our resources page:

West Michigan Doula, Jenn Dewaard, Jenndewaard@yahoo.com

Grand Rapids DoulaDoula/Child Birth Educator Serving West Michigan. Practicing with the belief that birth is normal, natural, and that woman were designed perfectly to birth and nurture their children. If left alone, that a woman’s body will instinctively know what to do.

 

 

Crowning Lotus Doula Services, Juliea Paige CD (DONA), 616.633.5787, crowninglotus@yahoo.com

Grand Rapids DoulaCrowning Lotus Doula Services offer a down to Earth, holistic approach to pregnancy, birth and beyond. As well as impeccable labor support, Crowning Lotus offers an array of products and services such as in home Babywearing Consultations, Photography, Belly Casting, Henna, Lactation Cookies, Nursing Clips and much more! Promoting health and well being, sustainability and complete education and emotional support for the community is the foundation of this service.

 

Belly, Baby & Beyond, Sharon & Rob Bradford, mommabradford@gmail.com, (269) 492-4822,

A wellness business supporting mothers, fathers and families through pregnancy, childbirth, childhood, and beyond!  We teach Brio Birth classes- Childbirth Education for 21st Century Parents.

 

 

Urban Studio, Jennifer Holshoe, (616) 318-1825

grand rapids doulaProfessional Doula and Photographer Jennifer Holshoe provides empowering labor education and support combined with documentary photography coverage of your amazing journey through pregnancy and birth.

 

 

 

Sage Birth Co-Op of Grand Rapids

grand rapids doulaA group of professionals, including childbirth educators, birth doulas, postpartum doulas, lactation consultants, birth & family photography and parenting professionals.

 

If you are a doula and would like to be listed on our resources page, you may do so by clicking here to place your listing.



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Pregnancy “Survival” Tips

Maïla en quatre temps / Maïla in four steps

photo credit: khaledelhage

Pregnancy for many is a beautiful time of growing a brand new baby. As the belly extends to the perfect size for baby, mama ready for the birth, and the family’s excitement build to welcome the new arrival, sometimes mama also has to deal with some “uncomfortable-ness”.

Advice from friends and family, websites and magazines, even strangers on the street are never far away. Some welcomed, some not. We each have our own tips and tricks that get us through pregnancy feeling better more often than not, so I hope you’ll join in and leave your helpful tips in the comment!

My “Bag O’ Tips”

First Trimester:

  • Stay away from refined sugar and refined flours. Both deplete your body of much needed nutrients, especially the B vitamins!
  • Take extra B-complex vitamins. Helps with morning sickness as well as with energy.
  • Keep hydrated
  • Eat every couple of hours
  • Do your kegel’s
  • Exercise when you can, even if it’s just a walk
  • Sleep and rest when you can
  • Try to keep life as unstressful as possible

Second Trimester:

  • Sleep
  • Make sure you’re eating well to keep up strength
  • Do your kegel’s 😉
  • Continue exercising to support the growing belly – yoga is wonderful for pregnancy
  • Sleeping with a vaporizer on can help with congestion. That and an extra pillow to prop your head up if needed.

Third Trimester

  • More important to do you kegel’s a few times a day!
  • Start pelvic rocking (cat and cow position in yoga, or basically down on all fours and lift and lower your belly) This takes the weight of the uterus off your back (which feels soooo good), helps baby into a better position, and strengthens muscles for birthing
  • Drink a couple of glasses of red raspberry leaf tea a day. Tones the uterus!
  • Do squats. Helps strengthen and tone legs and back for birth. Personally I do these with an exercise ball against the wall, otherwise I fall over.
  • Sitting on an exercise ball also helps strengthen core muscles (don’t expect to see abs, it just helps a little!) and is sometimes more comfy than a chair.
  • Sleep with an extra pillow between the leg. Helps prop your knee up so as not to compress the pelvic area.
  • Try not to bend at the waist, use your knees and squat when you need to pick something up.
  • Don’t cross your legs. As unladylike as it seems, this can actually cause pain in you pelvis. Think about it, your hips and ligaments are now spreading to make room for baby, why would you want to try and pull it all back together?
  • Sit cross-legged (Indian Style) and lean forward slightly. This helps take the weight of your uterus off your back and allows it to freely fall forward. So much more comfortable than when you lean back on a couch!
  • Sleep when possible. Pregnancy is a great excuse for a nap.
  • Prepare for birth using your method of choice – I like the Bradley Method myself.
Have you found anything particular to help you relieve pregnancy aches and pains?

This post was originally published at Naturally Knocked Up on Feb 10, 2009


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West Michigan Home Birth Midwives

Many women in our area choose to deliver their babies at home, in a setting most comfortable to them. We are fortunate to have several local midwives that assist in these deliveries with pre and post natal care as well as bringing attentive care to the family throughout labor and delivery.

Each one of these wonderful midwives have their own unique personality and their own way of assisting during your birth, so make sure you call each one to find the right fit for you and your family.

 

Local Midwives:

{attending births within Grand Rapids and surrounding areas}

Your HomeBirth, Shannon Pawson, CPM – 616-295-1128

midwifeWhether you are pregnant or just thinking about it, considering midwifery care is a great step towards a fulfilling and empowering pregnancy and birth. Homebirth and midwives are proven safe options for childbearing. Most healthy women do not need medications or technology to conceive, birth or grow their babies. With information, support and attentive guidance, a woman will use her inherent wisdom to care for herself and her baby peacefully and powerfully.

 

 

Birth Song Midwifery Services, Yolanda Visser, CPM, CM – (616) 458-8144

“My goal is to have a direct, open, and honest approach to care. Each woman is unique and should be honored as such. When we are involved in our care, pregnancy is a lot more fun. We are more responsible in preventive terms, which helps to alleviate fears. With active participation we truly are more informed and empowered.”

 

MI Homebirth, Laura Slater – 616.456.5967

“I believe in the ability of women to give birth safely and naturally without intervention. Pregnancy and birth are natural, normal functions of a woman’s body, while Giving Birth is an empowering, transforming event. It is an integral part of the development of womanhood that helps prepare and equip us for parenting and one of the most rewarding acts a woman does in her lifetime.”

 

Simply Born, Sara Badger – (616) 452-7355

I believe that women can birth.  I think that women need to be  encouraged and empowered to let their bodies do exactly what they need  to do.  I believe that pregnancy and birth are healthy and normal events  in a woman’s life.  As a midwife, I feel that it is my honor and  responsibility to nurture and create the space for the women I serve on  the journey to motherhood.  I recognize that in pregnancy many women  experience great physical, emotional, social and spiritual changes, and  it is my intention to support women and families in this time of  transformation.

 

Home Birth Partners, Susan Wente, CNM, Dr.PH – (231)519-1081

“We know that if a healthy woman is put in the supportive and nurturing environment of home that Home Birth Partners. Although Susan has 20 years of hospital midwifery experience, the focus of a homebirth is “hands off” unless medical issues arise. It is our desire to bring the focus in childbearing back to where it belongs: to the mother, father, the baby and the family that the birth is creating. The majority of healthy women can deliver safely and comfortably in the home with a trained midwife.”

 

If you know of any other local home birth midwives, feel free to let me know so that I can add them to not only this post but to our resources page as well.



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