After seeing several posts recently that I thought were so helpful I decided a blog round up was in order! I've not decided if this will be a one time or on-going thing, but I know you'll find these authors to have some great insights. This is the round up for parents, but there's another round-up for birth professionals that's available through my Tips for Doulas series.
Natural Childbirth is Not Just for Superheroes was written by Delilah Ray and shared on the Frisco Women's Health blog. If you are feeling at all unsure about what type of birth you hope to pursue, go read this and be encouraged, whatever you decide!
Midwife Abbie offers five ways to help moms work towards a natural birth. (Yes, this is for you to read after Deliah's post above so you get some hands on tips on how to make it happen!)
Barbara Davis shares some great labor spots as an alternative to staying in bed. You may laugh at #1, but it really works!!
A review of Ina May from ThirtyOneStitches.com - I talk about Ina May's Sphincter law in the childbirth class I teach, and this post talks more about the book that comes from. I also love the beautiful quote from Ina May and image at the end of the post.
Sara Reimold writes a great argument for why we should rethink timing contractions during labor. She also includes an explanation of how hormones (oxytocin in particular) come into play and why those little timer apps may be counterproductive for laboring moms.
As a cesarean mom myself I really, really appreciated this beautiful post - Three Truths About C-Section Mamas. It's bittersweet when births don't go as we may hope, but they can still be amazing, empowering experiences.