• Open Birth

    Blossom Bloom Birth

    Sunday, January 27, 2013

    Inspired by a DONA labor doula training, I drew my visions of pregnancy and birth as a flower blossoming, growing and eventually bringing forth new life in the form of a baby flower. According to Debra Pascali-Bonaro, the amazingly inspiring doula–and filmmaker of Orgasmic Birth–who taught our training, it is extremely helpful for pregnant and [...]

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    Tisha Yarchei: A Poem

    Wednesday, May 16, 2012

    Tisha Yarchei Can’t I be partially pregnant, like only skin deep? There’s a reason it’s not feasible not pleasing to G-d’s mind, it’s not the kind of thing that can lead to anything. So you move and go, with a glow tempered by nausea and tiredness through that eruption, nine months inner streetfest, that rounding [...]

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Your Birth Story

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Jan
20

Take Two: My Birthing Center Birth Story

  As I look at my three month old baby girl I am overcome with so much love and passion. It took me two and a half years to write my first birth story because of all the anger, pain and trauma I experienced from my first hospital birth. To understand what I went through, [...]

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Aug
8

A Purim Gift: My Birth Story

Now 2.5 years later, I am 37 weeks pregnant and am writing my birth story for the purpose of healing and closure. Aug. 5, 2012—I can’t tell you how many times I have tried to sit down and write my birth story. I usually get a few words on the page before pushing delete and [...]

woman_statue
May
16

Tisha Yarchei: A Poem

Tisha Yarchei Can’t I be partially pregnant, like only skin deep? There’s a reason it’s not feasible not pleasing to G-d’s mind, it’s not the kind of thing that can lead to anything. So you move and go, with a glow tempered by nausea and tiredness through that eruption, nine months inner streetfest, that rounding [...]

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Apr
4

Passover As A Birthing Story

I have to admit I’ve avoided writing this for a long time. Not because I didn’t want to write about it and not because I don’t love the topic – as a long-time meditator, longer-time Jew, Jewish Meditation Center Board member and sit leader in my local community, I’m pretty involved. It’s just that when [...]

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Mar
1

The Touch Of Health For Mom And Baby

Benefits of Massage for Pregnancy and During Childbirth Aside from the fact that it just plain feels great, why would a woman invest her time and money in prenatal massage or hire a massage therapist–birth doula to attend her birth? As a licensed massage therapist and certified birth doula, I see firsthand the many benefits [...]

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Jan
30

Shmaya Mikveh Hosts A Pre-Birth Immersion

At the newly-revived religiously and socially progressive Kibbutz Hannaton in Lower Galilee, a tradition has  evolved to hold a women’s circle at our mikveh (ritual bath) for each woman a few weeks before she is due to give birth.  Thankfully, we have located on our kibbutz a unique mikveh in the Israeli scene: Shmaya: A [...]

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Dec
29

חוק שעומד בכנסת מאיים על לידות בית בישראל: סיפור אישי

 אישה עם סוג דם שלילי לא תוכל ללדת בבית‪ לפני כעשר שנים השתלמתי בקורס דולות. דולה, למי שאינו יודע, היא “מלווה לידה”, אישה (או גבר, אבל יש מעטים כאלו) הנמצאת עם האישה מתחילת הלידה עד סופה לא כפונקציה רפואית אלא כתומכת אישית צמודה. היא יכולה לעסות את גבה הכואב, ללחוץ על נקודות המזרזות לידה, או [...]

Arwen Kuttner with her newborn baby, Naomi, on December 6, 2006.
Dec
6

Present At My Baby’s Birth

Arwen Kuttner with her newborn baby, Naomi, on December 6, 2006. HAPPY 5th BIRTHDAY NAOMI!! My mother’s story of my birth was a sad story that included one chapter on countless fertility treatments, and another on being heavily sedated during the birthing process and forgetting that she was in labor. She tells me the nuns [...]

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Nov
20

God Was My Midwife

It was when Rixa Freeze was in graduate school, studying for a PhD in American Studies at the University of Iowa, that she first heard about unassisted birth. She had become interested in homebirth and midwifery through her academic work–she did not yet have children of her own–when one of the midwives with whom she [...]

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Nov
1

Video: The Solution

What is your birth vision: for yourself? Your wife? Your partner? Your daughter? Your friend? How can we make birth a meaningful, joyful, enriching and empowering experience for women? This video, from One World Birth, features various midwives, doctors and birth professionals discussing their vision for the future of birth. It was originally posted here. [...]

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Oct
12

Not A Jewish Birth Story

The hardest part of my son’s birth wasn’t laboring at home for a day, or even delivering my child without medication after being stuck in transition for a few painful hours. Those things were hard, sure, but as a Jewish woman, the hardest moment came at what should have been a happy time–when I was [...]