“You want to have your baby where?!”: Talking with loved ones about your home birth decision

Lucie Bryantbirth story, family, friends, home birth, hospital birth, midwives, Natural birth, support

“Wait, What?!? You’re going to have your baby WHERE? WHY?” This was the response after talking to my family. I was NOT going to have a traditional hospital birth – I was going to have a home birth with a midwife. At the time, I was a stay-at-home mom who just a few month earlier had a(n) “un”necessary c-section. When I explained my … Read More

Cascade of Interventions: How do Pitocin and Epidurals Affect the C-Section Rate?

Lucie Bryantcascade of interventions, emergency c-section, epidural risks, Evidence-based care, hospital birth, informed consent, midwives, Pitocin

Childbirth Connection, as a core program of the National Partnership for Women & Families, conducts wonderful and informative surveys asking women their thoughts and experiences with childbirth. Every few years they publish a “Listening to Mothers” survey. They asked questions about labor and birth interventions to new mothers in the most recent survey Did they receive pitocin, epidural, or both … Read More

Find Your “Mama Tribe”: How to Develop a Solid Support System When You’re Pregnant

Lucie Bryantbabywearing, birth networks, breastfeeding, community, doulas, family, friends, la leche league, lactation consultant, mama tribe, social connection, social media groups, support

Pregnancy is hard. Childbirth is hard. Caring for newborns is hard. Juggling small children with a newborn is hard. Breastfeeding is hard. Parenting is hard. Marriage and relationships are hard. Ok, you get the point. It’s hard! There is a reason why is takes two people to make a baby. There is a reason why the grandparents, aunts, uncles, cousins, … Read More