Category Archives: Blog

The Silent Power You Already Have

Presence by Debbie Hall excerpted from This I Believe: The Personal Philosophies of Remarkable Men and Women, 2006 Presence is a noun, not a verb; it is a state of being, not doing. States of being are not highly valued in a culture that places a high priority on doing.  Yet, true presence or ‘being with’ another …

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Fear-Busting for Pregnant People

Fear-Busting for Pregnant People A guide by Vicki Elson, MA, CCE, CD Feel free to copy this with credit. You’re not alone – fear and anxiety are normal and even useful. Will I be able to handle the pain? The baby will come out one way or another, no matter how you relate to …

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Birth From the Baby’s Point of View

birth from the baby’s point of view vicki elson 2008 Edgeless space Sleep, awake, drifting silence, darkness, warm simplicity Gradually you become aware of: movement muffled sounds soft edges Now you’re feeling crowded. You find the place where your head feels best You try to stretch out You react to movements and sounds with movements …

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The Good News and the Bad News About Giving Birth

Check here for Vicki’s one page guide The Good News and the Bad News About Giving Birth

A Better Birth Plan

A great birth plan isn’t just about what you WANT from your care providers. It’s about what you BRING to your birth. A birth plan is best used as a tool for COMMUNICATION with your partner and your care providers, well before the baby is due. And always, you will dance between PREPARING for the …

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Four Local Birth Events in the next couple of weeks!

9/25/11 “Meet the Doulas Day” at Cradle, 3rd Floor of Thorne’s Market, 150 Main Street, Northampton MA, 2 pm. 9/30/11 Authors’ Reading from “Home/Birth: A Poemic” at Neilson Library, Smith College, Northampton MA, 7 pm. 10/1/11 Events at The Springfield Pulse Gallery, 11 Pearl Street, Suite 230, Springfield MA. 2-5 pm: Birth Art Exhibit; …

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Hey World – Ignore Us!

My film is a success around the world — and that’s a problem! “Laboring Under An Illusion: Mass Media Childbirth vs. The Real Thing” was made for North American audiences. But I get mail from Malaysia and Kenya and Kazakhstan, and it’s pretty relevant in those places too. The film includes 100 clips from U.S. …

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