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Dr Seuss Tribute Birthing Poem

Just found this absolute gem on Facebook.  The author is Marie Hix, and she first posted this on My OB Said What?!? It was posted as a reply to this:

“You can’t labor here without an IV.” –  L&D Nurse to mother who wanted to drink water for hydration instead of having an IV. . (April 13 2012)

Can I labor over there?
Can I labor on the chair?
No! No labor over there!
Don’t labor on the chair!
Sit there, sit there, you will see,
You must labor with this IV!
I do not like this sharp IV!
I need to move, to dance, to pee!
Doctor, Doctor, let me be;Say, get your pesky hands off me!
No! You can’t move, or dance, or pee!
You must labor with this IV!
Not over there, not on the chair,
Not with the ball, you’ll have a fall!
Can I labor with a doula?
Can I use some calendula?
Can I labor on hands and knees?
Can I birth just how I please?No! Not with a doula!
No –what’s calendula?
Lay back, lay back, count to ten,
Breathe –he he hoo –push again!

No thank you, doctors, nurse, and crew,
I’ll go and labor without you.
I’ll labor here, I’ll labor there!
In the shower –everywhere!
I’ll labor standing, squatting, sitting
I’ll labor on my couch while knitting!
I’ll have a doula –I’ll have three!
They’ll let me eat and bring me tea.
Try them! Try them! You will see!
You can go shove that darn IV.


Posted by on October 25, 2012 in All, other


Mums Matter

Wow. What a powerful, powerful testimony.  Yes, we do matter, and how insensitive of us to say ‘it doesn’t matter, at least you’ve got a healthy baby’.  No wonder we have doctors believing this too, if we believe it ourselves.

…that the birth matters…and so do I.

by C Lo on September 2, 2011

There is a mantra that we have culturally adopted regarding birth.

“Nothing else matters as long as there is a healthy baby”

And, I don’t know why I’m not used to it after 12 years, but it still shakes me up every time I see it.

Because…I matter. My feelings matter. My health matters. I have to live with the choices. I carried that child for the better part of a year and I have to raise that child…I matter.

While I had all my children naturally, my last birth was very devestating for me. I had two children previously….one in a birth center, one in a tub in my tiny little 2nd floor bedroom. That second birth was really the best birth I could have asked for. I had high expectations for number three to be even better.

But you know what  they say about the best laid plans. I ended up in the hospital (while my birth tub was filling and subsequently flooding my bedroom). No, there were no problems and within an hour of arriving, I delivered my 11lb baby boy in about two pushes. And he was healthy and perfect.

Sounds good right? All that matters is a healthy baby, right?

While I stood laboring next the the triage table, I had nurses conversing around me as if I didn’t exist. I was repeatedly told “no” I couldn’t do things. I was instructed to lay on the table and do as I was told and when I didn’t, everyone stood around and stared at me as if I was crazy. No one helped me. At all.

I laid on the bed because my legs were about to give out and I quickly realized that the baby was NOT coming out in that position. I begged for someone to help me turn over onto all fours and the doctor said “NO!” and the nurses all just looked at me and shrugged their shoulders. When the doctor left the room, I scrambled awkwardly off the table, landed on the floor, got on all fours and pushed with all my might. I pushed out of fear that this stranger who didn’t know anything about me would come in and somehow wrangle me back into that God awful position.  I knew I had to get that baby out ASAP.  I did. A couple of pushes and some 3rd degree tearing and my son was born. I then had stitches that no one told me much of anything about. And the doctor walked out without saying a word to me. My husband looked on from a corner as I spoke my first words to my son…”I’m sorry….I’m sorry“. Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on September 10, 2011 in All, other


Red Raspberry Leaf Tea – a blessing or a danger?

A lot of people say that red raspberry leaf tea is good for inducing labour, and other people say that you should take it the whole way through your pregnancy to have an easier labour.  People say that it can cause a miscarriage if you take it too early in your pregnancy  So what is the truth?  Is this tea a blessing or a danger?
The first two articles on RRLT has been gleaned from the research completed by the lovely ladies on the forums.

Susun Weed writes in Wise Woman Herbal for the Childbearing Year (Which is currently in it’s 24th printing!!):

The benefits of drinking a raspberry leaf brew before and throughout pregnancy include:

~ Increasing fertility in both men and women. Raspberry leaf is an excellent fertility herb when combined with Red Clover.

~ Preventing miscarriage and hemorrhage. Raspberry leaf tones the uterus and helps prevent miscarriage and postpartum hemorrhage from a relaxed or atonic uterus.

~ Easing of morning sickness. Many attest to raspberry leaves’ gentle relief of nausea and stomach distress throughout pregnancy.

~ Reducing pain during labor and after birth. By toning the muscles used during labor and delivery, Raspberry leaf eliminates many of the reasons for a painful delivery and prolonged recovery. It does not, however, counter the pain of pelvic dilation. Read the rest of this entry »


What if?

So often you hear the negatives when it comes to birth, but What If things went differently from all their expectations?  What if it is perfect, with no need for any interventions at all – as well over 95% of births are.  From my wonderful UC forum  These ladies are awesome!

taken from c-birth, by Amy:

I have this list of “What If’s” that seems to creep into my mind every so often, causing me fear. The other day I had this revelation – turn them around. IT IS WORKING GREAT! This is a MUCH better way to look at it all!
So, I thought I would share….

What If…..

This is a short, non-violent birth that takes me by surprise and leaves me saying “It’s already over? That wasn’t bad” at the end

The timing is perfect, I labor at night, quietly and have the baby before morning light – by the light of my Christmas tree as my family watches in awe – nobody wakes up until the VERY end Read the rest of this entry »

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Posted by on June 25, 2011 in All, other, trusting birth


A Beautiful birth

This birth is beautiful.  It is so romantic!  She moans / sings the whole way through, and looks like she is enjoying herself.  It is intense, and moaning is what she does to cope with this intensity.  I found the labour that I moaned through was far more enjoyable than the one in which I tried to remain silent.

Oh, and it’s mostly in French.  Wish I knew french!


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Posted by on May 6, 2011 in All, other


Cute video of 9 months

I know this isn’t particularly about increasing your knowledge and trust in birth, but I just couldn’t resist putting this in here!  I s’pose I could say it’s about building faith in the female body as it grows and changes, and loving the changes that time brings?  Anyway, this lady is so cute!  This is her 9 month journey.

Magic- A Belly Grows from The Panic Room Videos on Vimeo.

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Posted by on April 17, 2011 in All, other

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