Divine Birth Birmingham Doula Services

I holistically support women as they move through the most sacred right of passage of their lives! I aim to assist in a happy, healthy, holy birth.

I believe, as a planet, we are in a wonderful time of transition in which the essence of the divine feminine is returning to its rightful place. The world is healing and as women we are the primary vehicles through which this healing will occur. To heal the planet, we must feel healed, whole, strong, and powerful ourselves! I believe supporting a mother through pregnancy and childbirth and watchin

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How Police Handled Pro-Trump Mob Compared With Protesters For Black Racial Justice

How Police Handled Pro-Trump Mob Compared With Protesters For Black Racial Justice The way police handled Wednesday's onslaught showed that "some people are ... given certain kinds of leeway or space, and other people are not," says African American studies professor Eddie Glaude.

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A Garden Is The Frontline In The Fight Against Racial Inequality And Disease

npr.org North Minneapolis's mostly minority community lost its only grocery store this summer. It's a neighborhood grappling with heart disease, obesity and COVID-19. A Garden may help.

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To help the struggling agricultural industry, the White House is looking at how to reduce wage rates for foreign guest workers on U.S. farms.

About 10% of all farmworkers fall under this category.

01/29/2020

Holistic Renegade Birth & Postpartum Services

They told you about the contractions, but did they tell you about the expansion? Did they tell you how your body would open to make way for the whole universe to pass through? Did they tell you how your heart would explode with a love bigger than anything youโ€™ve ever known as you pulled your baby to your chest?

They told you about the ring of fire but did they tell you about the crown of stars?

Did they mention that thereโ€™s a moment when your baby enters the world and you leave your body and touch the heavens and become the light of a million galaxies? Did they tell you how the pain of stretching to receive your child would be more exsquisite than any sensation youโ€™ve felt?

They told you would scream but did they tell you about how you would roar? Did they tell you about the power that would rise up from your belly as you called your baby forth with your mighty voice? Did they tell you how you would embody the wild woman within you and breathe fire with your song?

They told you would bleed, but did they tell you how that sacred blood wouldnโ€™t scare you? How you would feel grateful for that magical liquid of life as it trickled down your leg- how you would honor its flow and how it would help you heal a lifetime of hating your bodyโ€™s bleeding cycles.

They told these stories and taught you to fear birth, to fear your power, to fear yourself. But youโ€™re stronger and wiser than that mama. You know that birth is your divine dance, your soulโ€™s song, your moment with God, and you walk fearlessly into open arms.

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09/22/2019

NPR

Nationwide, black mothers die at triple the rate of white mothers. Now there's a growing push to get Medicaid coverage for birth doulas as a possible way to help reduce racial disparities in maternal deaths. (via CommonHealth)

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Alabama OBGYN refuses to work with birth doulas, causing online uproar

al.com โ€œBirth culture is changing among consumers. We are realizing we do have the ability to take hold of our rights.โ€

bhamnow.com 08/15/2019

A guide to postpartum support for Birmingham moms | Bham Now

bhamnow.com Birmingham moms have several great options for support during this transitional periodโ€“read on for more information.

04/18/2019

ICAN of Birmingham

The hospital where you give birth may be the single most important factor in whether or not you have a c-section. That is why it's such a priority for us to be able to share these local hospital statistics with you!

These are preliminary data provided to us by the Center for Health Statistics at the Alabama Department of Public Health. (The official data will be published in the 2017 Alabama Vital Statistics Report in the future.)

We will be making more posts breaking down some of these numbers and comparing them with numbers from previous years, so stay tuned for that! In the meantime, please share this post around! Knowledge is power.

#birthinginbirmingham #icanbham #ICANeducate #ICANsupport #ICANadvocate

04/11/2019

If you are one of those people who doesnโ€™t believe in racism and itโ€™s impact on the every day treatment of POC, Iโ€™d ask you to look into the disparities in maternal care. We can do better as a country.

This Black Maternal Health Week (April 11-17). We're proud to join the Black Mamas Matter Alliance and
Black women across the U.S. to amplify and promote maternal health, rights and justice for all Black
mamas. Learn about #BMHW19 events and activities happening in your city and community by visiting
http://bit.ly/BMHW19

02/10/2018

Bad Parenting Presents

I have five kids, three of whom I birthed from my own body, so I thought I pretty much knew how childbirth happens.

OMG WAS I EVER WRONG.

This is the coolest demo I've ever seen explaining how labor worksโ€”I just wish I'd seen it *before* my babies were born!

Big thanks to Liz Chalmers, co-owner of Puget Sound Birth Center Kirkland, WA and Puget Sound Birth Center Renton, WA! For more info check out birthcenter.com

thinkaboutnow.com 07/29/2017

The Case For Breastfeeding Toddlers

thinkaboutnow.com Nature Knows Best. Mothers in traditional societies breastfeed their children well into their toddler years, and there is good reason for it.ย The World Health

07/15/2017

From Dr. Sarah Davis at Bham OB/Gyn at St.Vincents. ๐Ÿ™…๐Ÿคฆโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ™…

Fun fact: This is the practice Caroline Malatesta switched away from at St. Vincent's in Birmingham when she went to Brookwood. A previous version of this "birth plan" was actually introduced as evidence in her case, to show what transparency (ahem) looks like.

[ETA: This picture was sent to me earlier today and I didn't realize the mom who took it posted it on FB since then! Here is her story:
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=10209823691732557&id=1340325484. My comments are below.]

So, I think the best part is how it starts out saying they follow ACOG's practice guidelines. No, they don't. Literally none of these practices adheres to current guidelines. No, wait, the best part is where they say, "If you entrust us with your care, we need the autonomy to advise you and make the sound medical decisions we have been trained to make." You read that right-----THEY NEED THE AUTONOMY ... TO MAKE YOUR DECISIONS FOR YOU.

Anyway--
1. ACOG, 2017: "Women in spontaneously progressing labor may not require routine continuous infusion of intravenous fluids. Although safe, intravenous hydration limits freedom of movement and may not be necessary. Oral hydration can be encouraged to meet hydration and caloric needs."

2. ACOG, 2017: "[T]he widespread use of continuous EFM has not [reduced the incidence of perinatal death and cerebral palsy] when used for women with low-risk pregnancies. ... To facilitate the option of intermittent auscultation, obstetricianโ€“gynecologists and other obstetric care providers and facilities should consider adopting protocols and training staff to use a hand-held Doppler device for low-risk women who desire such monitoring during labor."

3. ACOG, 2017: "Obstetricianโ€“gynecologists and other obstetric care providers should inform pregnant women with term premature rupture of membrane (PROM [also known as prelabor rupture of membranes]) who are considering a period of expectant care of the potential risks associated with expectant management and the limitations of available data. For informed women, if concordant with their individual preferences and if there are no other maternal or fetal reasons to expedite delivery, the choice of expectant management for a period of time may be appropriately offered and supported."

4. ACOG, 2017: "For women with normally progressing labor and no evidence of fetal compromise, routine amniotomy need not be undertaken unless required to facilitate monitoring."

5. ACOG, 2017: "[A]lthough many have encouraged a supine position during labor, this position has known adverse effects, including supine hypotension and more frequent fetal heart rate decelerations (44, 45). ... Frequent position changes during labor to enhance maternal comfort and promote optimal fetal positioning can be supported as long as adopted positions allow appropriate maternal and fetal monitoring and treatments and are not contraindicated by maternal medical or obstetric complications."

6. ACOG highlighted the use of doulas in the 2014 "Safe Prevention of the Primary Cesarean Delivery" as "one of the most effective tools to improve labor and delivery outcomes," noting they are "associated with improved patient satisfaction and a statistically significant reduction in the rate of cesarean delivery."

The thing is, as outdated and unsafe as these practices are, what's most galling is the lack of choice here--the assumption on the part of this practice that they have the right to dictate women's healthcare to them. It's an utter failure to respect not just evidence-based care, but human and legal rights. Women are not vessels. We get to decide what happens to our bodies... even if certain obstetricians don't like it.

ACOG agrees that pregnant people have autonomy over their healthcare, and has stated so numerous times. Here's one statement: โ€œMedical practitioners can be reminded that respecting and supporting patientsโ€™ autonomy is a core ethical principle, even when it involves risk of adverse outcomes.โ€ Here's another one: "Pregnancy is not an exception to the principle that a decisionally capable patient has the right to refuse treatment, even treatment needed to maintain life. Therefore, a decisionally capable pregnant womanโ€™s decision to refuse recommended medical or surgical interventions should be respected." (Both from American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists Committee on Ethicsโ€™ Committee Opinion Number 664, โ€œRefusal of Medically Recommended Treatment During Pregnancy,โ€ June 2016)

Someone sent me this earlier today, and I had planned to write a letter to this practice. I'll let you know when I do.

p.s. There appears to be a page 2. If anyone has that, please forward it to me.

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Lawmakers pass bill to allow midwives to practice in Alabama

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05/01/2017

The Positive Birth Movement

Thanks for the mention in this piece The Natural Parent Magazine ๐Ÿ˜

03/26/2017

BirthWise in Birmingham

And now for something useful: researched, evidence based guidelines on safe sleep for breastfeeding mothers and babies! http://cosleeping.nd.edu/safe-co-sleeping-guidelines/

03/09/2017

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02/25/2017

Meddy Bear

From Fecundation till Birth, Amazing!

nordic.businessinsider.com 02/21/2017

Swedish nuclear physicist just got the worldโ€™s first approved birth control app - as effective as the pill but using only mathematics

nordic.businessinsider.com For over a year Elina Berglund has been fighting authorities and malicious headlines. Now her app will be the first in the world to be approved as a contraceptive.

02/03/2017

BirthWise in Birmingham

Many care providers start doing weekly vaginal exams to check for cervical change, starting at around 37 weeks of pregnancy. Here is the newest blog from Evidence Based Birth on this topic: research proves there is NO BENEFIT and there may be some harm to these checks. So if you don't want one, you can pass. http://evidencebasedbirth.com/blog/

01/27/2017

Happy Helper Doula Services

Some good things coming out of ACOG lately. :) "The new statement also supports the use of non-pharmacologic pain reduction and relaxation techniques for women who do not necessarily want an epidural, such as massage and spending time in water in the early stages of labor. ACOG says mothers should be allowed to move freely throughout labor, and be allowed to push in whatever position they want."

01/26/2017

The Leaky B**b

Did you get to eat in labor?

12/23/2016

Alabama Prison Birth Project

ACOG has revised its recommendations on delayed cord clamping.

http://www.cordclamping.org/2016/12/22/major-break-through-for-delayed-cord-clamping-34608561

12/19/2016

BirthWise in Birmingham

Cool new research study scanned brains of women before pregnancy and after birth. They found changes they think are associated with improved sensitivity to baby: "Pregnancy changes a womanโ€™s brain, altering the size and structure of areas involved in perceiving the feelings and perspectives of others, according to a first-of-its-kind study published on Monday." http://www.nytimes.com/2016/12/19/health/pregnancy-brain-change.html?emc=eta1

12/15/2016

Shari Criso RN, CNM, IBCLC

๐๐‘๐„๐€๐’๐“๐…๐„๐„๐ƒ๐ˆ๐๐† ๐…๐€๐‚๐“:
"Your Breasts Are Able to Detect Even a One Degree Drop in Your Babyโ€™s Temperature and Warm Up"

You are the best incubator/warmer there is.

Wrapping that baby up like a little burrito is only necessary if he/she will be away from you. But the best way to keep her warm in the early days is to cuddle with them skin-to-skin with a blanket over the two of you.

Your skin contact means that baby will have to expend fewer calories regulating her own temperature. โคโคโค

๐“๐จ ๐ฅ๐ž๐š๐ซ๐ง ๐ฆ๐จ๐ซ๐ž, ๐ฃ๐จ๐ข๐ง ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐๐ซ๐ข๐ฏ๐š๐ญ๐ž ๐…๐š๐œ๐ž๐›๐จ๐จ๐ค ๐†๐ซ๐จ๐ฎ๐ฉ My Baby Experts Community ๐š๐ง๐ ๐ฐ๐š๐ญ๐œ๐ก ๐ฆ๐ฒ ๐…๐‘๐„๐„ ๐Ž๐ง๐ฅ๐ข๐ง๐ž ๐๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐๐ข๐ง๐  ๐‚๐ฅ๐š๐ฌ๐ฌ ๐š๐ญ ๐ฐ๐ฐ๐ฐ.๐’๐ข๐ฆ๐ฉ๐ฅ๐ฒ๐๐ซ๐ž๐š๐ฌ๐ญ๐Ÿ๐ž๐ž๐๐ข๐ง๐ .๐œ๐จ๐ฆ

12/14/2016

Alabama Birth Coalition

Yahoo writer, Beth Greenfield, made a trip to Alabama from New York to learn more about the work to legalize CPMs and the stories of the families choosing to cross state lines to access the care of CPMs.

PLEASE be sure to leave a comment ON THE ARTICLE thanking Beth for covering our work and be sure to share this article with your local legislators! #ChildbirthFreedomAct #ALPolitics #CertifiedProfessionalMidwives

12/11/2016

Ina May Gaskin

I found this short video to be very meaningful. - Ina May

12/01/2016

ATTN:

All new parents deserve more nursing support after having a baby.-- Nev Schulman

Like ATTN: on Facebook.

11/26/2016

Aurora and I have been racking up some continuing education! At Spinning babies workshop and gentle birth conference with Barbara Harper! ๐Ÿ‘ถ๐Ÿ’—๐ŸŒˆ

11/20/2016

Safer Birth In Bama

Had a lovely time learning about gentle and water births! Biggest take away has to be that momma and baby know what they are doing. We were designed for this, after all!

Thank you to Lauren Scharf for the incredible coverage of our Gentle Birth Conference and Waterbirth Certification Workshop!

[11/19/16]   Loving the weekend gentle birth conference and water birth certification with Barbara Harper! And took a spinning babies certification last week! So excited to attend some upcoming births.

11/17/2016

ImprovingBirth.org

A little reminder...babies don't know it's Thanksgiving.

Pick a line, any line! There are many reasons you may be told *NOW* is the perfect time to induce:

"Your baby is too big."
"Your baby is too small."
"You're already 37, 38, 39, etc. weeks."
"You don't gave enough fluid."
"You have too much fluid."
"You wouldn't want to be stuck in traffic trying to get to the hospital."
"It's going to be a busy holiday weekend, so you wouldn't want to birth in the hallway or waiting room, would you?"

The stories of unnecessary inductions pop up around the holidays. And yes, an induction of labor is sometimes medically necessary. However the conditions noted as the reason for induction are over diagnosed. This leads to many unnecessary inductions that occur around the holidays (and subsequently a rise in unplanned c-sections), which may be based on convenience, profit, and liability concerns.

Some facts about induction: http://lamaze.org/LetsTalkInduction

Be informed about your body, your baby, and your birth. Letting labor begin on its own is usually safest for moms and babies.

10/27/2016

CAPPA

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