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9 Ways To Heal From A Traumatic Birth
August 3, 2017 BY ImprovingBirth
Here in the United States, pregnancy, birth, and early motherhood are often treated as magical and blissful experiences. But that’s not everyone’s experience, particularly when it comes to giving birth. Birth trauma is common — some research suggests that between 25-34% of birthing people experience it in some way.   Trauma can happen in response…
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Because Mothers Matter
December 2, 2014 BY ImprovingBirth
4 Million women give birth every year in the United States and how their babies get here matters. It was only after I gave birth that I grasped the real value of what I instinctively wanted.  I'm not sure I knew it then, but my tendency toward a physiologic birth was me protecting myself and…
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Good Mothers Don’t Ask Questions
September 18, 2013 BY ImprovingBirth
Yesterday, I gave a talk called “Obstetric Tradition vs. The Modern Woman” to a university class.  I described to these college students how differently I was treated as a person in regular life and as a pregnant woman in her health care.   During pregnancy, the messages I received over and over again from my…
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Cervical Scar Tissue – A Cause of Preventable C-Sections
July 25, 2012 BY Dawn
Revision, 2/14/2013 My nephew just had his sixth birthday in February. Who knew his birth would mean so much to my career as a birth professional?  It was the day I first heard the words "Cervical Scar Tissue." How is it that I had been a doula for four years and had never heard this before?…
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