Babies Growing Up!

When our beloved clients send us the most gorgeous photos of their little ones standing, walking and just plain growing into healthy, sweet toddlers we are just so often overwhelmed with how quickly this happens. Time, please stay still just a little longer!

My Birth Story

feet_(This family wanted to keep their names anonymous but were happy to share the story of the birth of their little baby!)

I was more than a week past my due date, and I had just come from what I’d hoped would be the acupuncture appointment that finally brought on my labor. As I was walking to the pharmacy to buy the edible kind of castor oil, I got shit on by a bird which seemed like a good omen. 
After taking the castor oil cocktail around noon and then taking a nap on our brand new couch, there was a moment I was terribly afraid I was going to have an accident all over it but thankfully, that did not happen. My contractions started getting regular around 5:30pm. They were manageable for a while with walking back and forth, getting in the shower, and kneeling on our bed leaning over the yoga ball. But then as evening turning into night, the outside world started to recede and I remember noticing that my husband was starting to get a little overwhelmed between timing the contractions and giving me what I needed (hip squeeze here, a drink of coconut water there) and keeping the midwives and the doula posted. 

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The Big Letdown, Seeing Kimberly Seals Allers Speak

We recently went to see the profoundly inspiring journalist, author and mother Kimberly Seals Allers speak and read from her book, “The Big Letdown: How Medicine, Big Business, and Feminism Undermine Breastfeeding” at Wild Was Mama in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.

As women working in the field of perinatal health, we think deeply about the ways in which society lets our women down when it comes to normal birth. Kimberly has put down on paper an incredibly engrossing and infuriating look at society’s failure to truly support breastfeeding; pitting women against each other in so-called “mommy-wars” and the deceptive notion of “choice” while forcing individual women to assume all of the burden of breastfeeding.

Her book is a powerful take on the distribution of responsibility for everyone and everything that has failed US women and set them up to fail in breastfeeding. There are personal accounts, research and stories about the formula industry, midwives, obstetricians and pediatricians, feminists and “lactivists.”

This book is a call to action for women, birth workers, advocates. Check it out and let us know what you think!