Sacred Body Midwifery

Sacred Body Midwifery

Midwifery, homebirth, pregnancy, babies, childbirth, labor and more

Pregnant! Now What? - Navigating Pregnancy and Birth in the Bay Area | Natural Resources

So excited for this class to happen. Lauren is an experienced and knowledgeable resource. Find out about all the options and make the best decisions for you! Congratulations! Now that reality has set in and yes, you are having this baby, it’s time to plan for your pregnancy & birth experience. Deciding where to birth, how to birth, and when to start preparation may seem intimidating. That’s where we come in! Join us for this dynamic workshop as w...

Natural Births, Home Births, & Sacred Midwifery - Sue Baelan

Here’s a discussion of midwifery and homebirth.

Sue Baelan is the originator of “The Sacred Body Midwifery” in San Francisco, CA and has been practicing midwifery for over 15 years. I met Sue almost three ...

Opinion | I’m an Obstetrician. Giving Birth at Home Isn’t Irresponsible. To improve access to safe birth at home, nationwide standards are necessary.

Prenatal Yoga with Jane Austin

Jane is passionate about pregnancy and motherhood. She’s always got something amazing to share.

As I’m enjoying the sunshine ☀️ on a yoga retreat right now (yay!) I thought I’d share another little Wave Squat Tutorial for all of you — this is for all you butt grippers! Am I talking to you?! 😉

Do this one every day to tone the pelvic floor 💗 and release those tight grips!
{I encourage this for everyone!}
. . .
#wavesquat #squats #squatdaily #yoga #pelvicfloor #preggoyoga #prenatalyoga #postpartumyoga #yoga4mamas #yogaforwomen #yogadaily #janeaustinyoga @yogatreesf @umadinsmoretuli

Episode 2 - Alicia Sacramone Quinn - Also Mom

Also Moms! Beautiful website, great blog posts and now podcasts too. The fabulous Megan Benjamin Guimarin has got you covered. Alicia Quinn—who you likely know by her self-described alter ego, Alicia Sacramone—was the team captain for Team USA’s gymnastics team at the 2008 Olympic Games in Beijing, where she helped the team earn a silver medal. These days, in addition to coaching gymnastics here and there, broadcastin...

Loving that Lily Nichols, RDN is sharing her own pregnancy journey and is so honest about it.

As I navigate my second pregnancy, I’m receiving a lot of questions and expectations from other people. I get the feeling that people expect me to model a “perfect pregnancy” or a “perfect prenatal diet,” but let me quickly burst this bubble for you.

I’m a real person and I’m certainly not a perfectionist with food.

I didn’t escape nausea and the food aversions that go with it. I don’t quantify and calculate all of my food (if you’ve followed me since the beginning, you know this well!). I simply aim to incorporate as much #nutrientdense food into my diet as possible.

On that note, though… I don’t stress when I eat something that’s not the most nutrient-dense thing imaginable or fall into a wallowing pile of guilt and remorse because I had some potato chips or dessert.

People who know me in real life know this about me.

Yes, I love to nerd out about the research on micronutrients and deeply understand the importance of good nutrition in pregnancy, but I’m also very down-to-earth, a foodie by nature, and not extremist by any means.

By default, pregnancy has its fair share of ups & downs. The trick is to learn to #rollwithit and embrace the ride.

It’s natural to want to do the best for your baby and be proactive about your food and lifestyle choices. It’s precisely this demographic of people who enjoy reading Real Food for Pregnancy.

I do, however, find that some people get a little too wrapped up in perfection that they cause more stress and worry for themselves.

If you’ve been toeing this line between wanting to eat “optimally” but struggling to do so (maybe due to nausea or food aversions or something else entirely), you’ll want to check out today’s new post + my interview on the Real Talk with Dana podcast. #realfoodforpregnancy #mindfuleating #mindfulpregnancy

The Wee Ring Parent Child Playgroup

Things worth doing! Come and join a circle of parents and caregivers in this Waldorf inspired, outdoor playgroup! We will hike through beautiful forest trails, sing seasonal songs, gather together for a snack, child observation and parent sharing, while the children play, and end with circle time and story. The goal fo...

I’m Having a Baby: Is a Home Birth or the Hospital Safer? My Bay Area friends are on the one side. My worried mom is on the other. What’s a pregnant science reporter to do?

SF Birth Photographer | The Birth of Zeno |

Beautiful work by photographer Julia Lorraine Peterson - and if course the family! I want to say that every birth I attend is the most beautiful. And they all truly are. But this one happened during the day with beautiful light and a team of amazing midwives and an incredible Doula. Every one there wouldn’t want to be doing anything else more. Below is just a small sample of the...

The Rebel Midwives Of Alabama

“When it comes to women’s reproductive choices, we think of the primary battlegrounds as contraception, sex education and abortion. We hear far less about the significant restrictions on childbirth. While midwifery care is mainstream in other Western countries, it’s relatively rare in the United States. The closest option is a nurse-midwife—a registered nurse with a midwife credential who mostly operates in hospitals under the authority of doctors. This is a very different experience from having a trained midwife supervise a delivery in the home or in a birthing center. In some places, it’s impossible to access such services without skirting the law. Seventeen states, including North Carolina and Illinois, have laws that put midwives at risk of criminal prosecution for assisting birth outside a hospital. In Alabama, midwives were not permitted to practice in the state during Kate’s pregnancy.” They work in hotel rooms, Airbnbs and used RVs just over the state line, so women can give birth on their own terms.

Bay Area Homebirth Collective

Thank you Renee

Home birth midwives have the same training and equipment as birth centers

Hope to see you there tomorrow!

[09/09/18]   Rosh Hashanah is near - beginning a time of reflection, self-assessment, intentions, hopes and prayers. How's this for a start?

A Parent's Prayer for Patience
By Rabbi Naomi Levy

When my child tests me, teach me, God, how to respond with wisdom.
When I grow irritable, send me patience.
When my fury rages, teach me the power of restraint.
When I become fixed in my ways, teach me to be flexible.
When I take myself too seriously, bless me with a sense of humor.
When I am exhausted, fill me with strength.
When I am frightened, fill me with courage.
When I am stubborn, teach me how to bend.
When I act hypocritically, help me to align my deeds with my values.
When mundane pressures threaten to overwhelm me, help me to remember how truly blessed I am.
When I lose my way, God, please guide me on the road back to joy, back to love, back to peace, back to you. Amen

From Talking to God, by Naomi Levy (Knopf, 2002).

Like a Mother Likes a Sister(Web): In Conversation with author Angela Garbes, and SisterWeb Launch Party

So excited to have a chance to hear this author in person. I read her book in 2 days and it’s the book I wish I could have written. I can’t help thinking that if we all grew up knowing this info our world would be a completely different (and better) place. And it’s an event to launch a brilliant new group to help improve birthing inequities. Happy (and proud) that Natural Resorces is helping to sponsor this. Buy your tickets now! SisterWeb - SF Community Doula Network is birthing a real solution to birth disparities. And that's cause for celebration! SisterWeb, with The Natural Resources All Families Foundation, is hosting a fabulous night of celebration, awareness and fundraising with honored guest, author Angela Garbes. He...

SF Homebirth Collective

As if there's not enough to fight against these days..... the quotation that struck me the most: "there's three really important ACOG opinions that talk about maternal decision-making and choice, and how every choice needs to be accompanied by full, informed consent, and every choice is valid, and we don't attack women based on their choices. And the answer's always 'Yeah, but these are midwives, it doesn't apply to midwives.' So the cognitive dissonance there is palpable.”"

“What it really boils down to is that physicians—who are often the medical board members charged with writing and enforcing midwifery regulations—generally believe that these “lower-level professionals” are not professionals, she says.”

This!! This article helps to explain why we need your help- yes YOU homebirth mamas and papas!! Make your voice heard. Tell your story. Be a homebirth advocate.

#askmeaboutmyhomebirth #askmeaboutmymidwife #midwiferyrightsarehumanrights

Downpayment Assistance Loan Program (DALP) | Mayor's Office of Housing and Community Development

Did you know that the San Francisco Mayor's Office of Housing and Development is holding a lottery for first-time home buyers to get $375,000 for a downpayment? Must enter by 7/31/18. More info at (but it's hard to read and bureaucratic gobbledegook) Detailed information for lenders

Pampers: Push It (2018)

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The google doodle today honors Virginia Apgar. Go google doodle!

May I Introduce You to Your Lady Parts? - Aviva Romm MD

Love that Aviva Jill Romm and this beautiful description of "lady parts". As I was reading it, Freaky Friday was streaming and the last stanza is: "I got a vagina, I’m gonna explore that right now (woo, woo)
Holy sh*t, I got a vagina (uh), I'm gonna learn
I’m gonna understand the inner workings of a woman" How appropriate! (Well, even though the rest of the song really isn't) Getting to know your lady parts is important to your health, can help you detect and prevent medical problems, and can improve your sex life, too! So don't be shy. Read on to learn more.

Maternal and perinatal outcomes by planned place of birth among women with low-risk pregnancies in high-income countries: A systematic review and meta-analysis

Validating what many of us know and see: homebirth for low-risk moms is safe and has fewer interventions. The comparative safety of different birth settings is widely debated. Comparing research across high-income countries is complex, given differences in maternity service provision, data discrepancies, and varying research techniques and quality. Studies of births planned at home or in birth centres h...

[04/02/18]   SBM meetup at Noe Courts today (Monday) 11 am - 1 pm. Come say hi.

Post Baby Hanky Panky | My WordPress Blog

A quick and lighthearted approach to an important subject - sex after the baby! #postbabyhankypanky: Keeping the Spark Alive We have developed a series of short films (less than 1 min each) based on our recent research on psychological risk and protective factors affecting both the sexual and relationship satisfaction of new parents. The goal of this video series is to help ....

U.S. states with more support for midwives have better birth outcomes

The right solution for the right job - a formula that always leads to the best result. Now if we can just spread the word about the options that are out there. (Reuters Health) - States with laws that make it easier for midwives to care for pregnant women and deliver babies may have better birth outcomes than states where it’s harder for midwives to provide care, a recent study suggests.

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The Board of NR invites you to the Natural Resources’ 30th Anniversary Celebration GLITTER & GLAM Party on SATURDAY, APRIL 28th. Enjoy generous hors d’oeuvres, delicious drinks, live entertainment, and dancing!

ATTIRE: There are so few opportunities to get fancy in SF. Come glamorous, glittery, or both!

All proceeds to support the Natural Resources All Families Foundation’s mission to empower, educate & support growing families.

Please Note: This is an Adults Only Event

The Newest Ikea Ad Can Tell You if You're Pregnant - Mothering

Combining my former advertising world and my current midwifery world... Pregnancy tests are not cheap, but Ikea is giving you one for free!

"How safe is homebirth?" Dr. Amy Tuteur, asks a common question in a New York Times opinion piece. "How safe is homebirth?" Her question is undoubtedly loaded. Known online for being a classic troll, she has been banned from commenting on a number of blogs such as Nature and Science and Sensibility for her inflamm

Romper's Doula Diaries

When you're a mom who has previously lost a pregnancy, giving birth for the first time can be terrifying. Watch Regina guide her client through three days of labor on Episode 2 of Doula Diaries.

Story of This Life

Lots of fun things from these folks in Rochester, NY...

If we were to sum up our parenting life in a music montage, this is what it would look like!

[12/13/17]   7 Things Every Kid Needs To Hear

[meant for teens but never too early to practice]

1. I love you
2. I’m proud of you
3. I’m sorry
4. I forgive you
5. I’m listening
6. This is your responsibility
7. You’ve got what it takes

– Josh Shipp

Blog - Erin Taylor

Parenting is an on-going job. Everyone can use some help along the way. Here's an ally who offers great coaching from an individualized and thoughtful perspective. I haven’t written much in the past month, as it has been an oddly stressful time. Not with the typical illness or loss or anything. Rather, each of my family members (including me) encountered individuals who exhibited bully-ish behaviors. The exact details of the various situations are unneces....

Dr. Nils Bergman on the neuroscience behind the skin-to-skin imperative (with images, tweets) · BFMedicine 21st Annual International Meeting of the Academy of Breastfeeding Medicine

Expecting US mothers use doctors, not midwives, unlike other rich countries

Like so much of our history, racism, sexism, and greed prevail. When are we going to break that chain? The reason why lies in America's history of racial segregation.

36 of the Best Kid Friendly San Francisco Events in December 2017 - Hope Post Kids Complete Listing of the best kid friendly San Francisco Events in December 2017 not to miss with your family. Gingerbread houses, ice skating, and more.

Why Don't People Talk About Their Good Birth Stories? - Mothering After you give birth, you tell your own birth story. What you say and how you say it matters more than you know. Why doesn't anyone tell the inspiring ones?

Regarding Your Goddess Myth: A Letter To Time Magazine - Kindred Media "Dear TIME magazine editors: I don\u2019t know where to begin. Please, no more bashing of the \u201cfeminine\u201d, and nature (i.e. biology, including \u201cnatural\u201d birth and breastfeeding). A few years back it was named the \u201cMommy Wars\u201d. In 1973, as a new mother, I began researchin...

Birth Time

A film exploring what it would take for WOMEN to emerge from their births feeling innately powerful, physically well AND emotionally safe.

When you're pregnant on Halloween

When you're pregnant on Halloween These costumes only work if you've got the belly for them.

Conversation And Guided Meditation With Yogi Jane Austin

Two of my favorite birth professionals sitting down and talking to each other. How delightful and useful!! In this episode, Esther has a really fun and intimate chat with long-time pre- and post- natal yoga instructor Jane Austin about giving birth, what pregnant and new mommas need and the power of yoga. We have some laughs and Jane offers a lovely guided meditation!!

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