Monday, April 20, 2009

New blog - Choices in Childbirth

Choices in Childbirth

Over the past few years, I have become more and more passionate about natural childbirth and serving women during their birth year. Since we have moved to the NW suburbs of Chicago, I have been given many opportunities to grow and develop skills based on this passion.

Just this Spring I finished my certification as a Childbirth educator with the Bradley Method®. I am in the midst of teaching my third series of Bradley® classes and I love it. To me it is so rewarding to help families who desire a natural childbirth to learn about the amazing process of birth.

Alongside this I am also in the process of obtaining a doula certification through DONA (an international doula organization). Going to a birth is such a privilege and supporting a family through one of life's miracles is just unspeakable.

Through this process I decided that I needed a place to voice my heart on the topic of childbirth. I feel that in the media and conventional wisdom of our day and age that the whole picture of birth is not made clear. Women are strong. We grow babies that our bodies can birth. Childbirth is not inherently dangerous. Our current medical system is not infallable.

Wheter we realize it or not women have many choices to make during our childbirth year. If we do not speak up for ourselves, others will make those choices for us, and our families will be left bearing the weight of the consequences.

So I have begun to blog about these choices we must make. I will present many facets and options so that women and their families can make empowered, informed decisions whose consequences they are comfortable experiencing. You can check it out here: