Birth Matters

The Laboring Woman's Options for Pain Relief

The Laboring Woman’s Options for Pain Relief

I don’t usually use the P word (pain) when I discuss labor. I prefer the physiological descriptors like “intense pressure,” “tightening,” “intense stretching,” etc. However, it’s hard to have a discussion about a laboring woman’s options for relief without using the word pain. So for this article, I’m going to let it slide for ease […] Read more…

How to be your own doula

How to Be Your Own Doula

After the birth of my first daughter (a natural but traumatic birth–you can read the story here), I was genuinely afraid to give birth again. At the same, I was absolutely obsessed with redeeming that first experience. I find a lot of woment share that sentiment after their first birth didn’t go as hoped. When I got […] Read more…

Coping Tools for fear-free pain-free childbirth

Coping Tools & Techniques For Fear-free Pain-Free Childbirth

Any time I mention the words “fear free” or “pain free” birth, I usually get a blank stare response of disbelief. Our modern culture has so over-dramatized and medicalized the tradition of childbirth, that it’s hard for most to imagine a woman in natural labor lost so deliciously deep within herself that she is feeling such […] Read more…

Euphoric Pain-Free Birth Story

My Euphoric Pain-Free Birth of Lydia Autumn

Scroll down for Lydia Autumn Keeler’s Pain-Free Birth Story, but here’s the birth story of my first daughter for some context: My Natural Traumatic Birth of Vienna Belle “I do not care what kind of birth you have… A home birth, scheduled cesarean, epidural hospital birth, or if you birth alone in the woods next to […] Read more…

DIY Postpartum Herb Baths

DIY Postpartum Recovery Herb Baths

When I was preparing for my first natural labor, I did only that–prepare for the labor. I had a soft pretty robe and nursing tanks packed in my hospital bag, but beyond that I guess I assumed my body would heal as self-sufficiently as it labored. That was NOT the case. With only a 1st degree tear and […] Read more…

Natural Birth Stories

My Traumatic Natural Birth of Vienna Belle

The Birth of Vienna Belle Keeler Pregnancy Vienna’s pregnancy was perfect. Pure bliss. I honestly loved every second. No nausea. No discomfort. I was very blessed. Unfortunately, the care I received from the Vanderbilt Midwives was mostly clinical. There was a definite lack of wholistic interest in the mother’s overall wellbeing. That being said, they […] Read more…