Through the Labyrinth Blog

Equity

Organizational Equity Beyond the Current Moment

By the Birthing from Within Team | Jul 7, 2020

When we distributed our statement of solidarity with Black Lives Matter and those taking action against racist police violence, we received an interesting email from a course participant. They expressed appreciation for our statement, and respectfully requested that we provide more details about what Birthing From Within is doing to combat racism in the world,…

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The Art of Listening

Monthly Letter || The Art of Listening

By the Birthing from Within Team | Jul 6, 2020

Every month, Birthing From Within sends a letter to our membership and the public, containing our reflections on happenings in birth, in the world at large, and in our organization. See a collection of our monthly letters on the blog here; sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox. Dear friends, As the United States finds itself…

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Pride Month

Monthly Letter || Pride Month: Wider Possibilities

By Charlene Hamilton | Jun 11, 2020

Every month, Birthing From Within sends a letter to our membership and the public, containing our reflections on happenings in birth, in the world at large, and in our organization. See a collection of our monthly letters on the blog here; sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox. The United States – and the world –…

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Equity

Black Lives Matter

By the Birthing from Within Team | Jun 3, 2020

Birthing From Within extends our deepest condolences to the families of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery, and all of the other far-too-many victims of state-sanctioned racist violence. We are aware that there is nothing new about this phenomenon: indeed, state-sanctioned, white-supremacist violence played an integral part in the founding of the United States, and…

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Mothers Day

Monthly Letter || Mother’s Day: Complexity and Community

By the Birthing from Within Team | May 10, 2020

Every month, Birthing From Within sends a letter to our membership and the public, containing our reflections on happenings in birth, in the world at large, and in our organization. See a selection of our monthly letters on the blog here; sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox. Dear friends, In many parts of the United…

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Covid 19 Birth Preparation

Birth Preparation and the Covid-19 Pandemic

By Farrah Sheehan | May 4, 2020

It probably goes without saying that the past several weeks of the Covid-19 pandemic have brought a furious storm of information, along with the need to figure things out on the fly and make decisions at warp speed. This is especially true for those preparing for birth or helping others prepare for birth. As a…

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Scotland

The Land and the Story: Dreaming Scotland

By Christy Cozby | Apr 6, 2020

To explore how to use stories to prepare for and heal from birth – and make meaning of other parts of your life – expecting and new parents can reach out to a Birthing From Within mentor or doula, and birth professionals can register for Birthing From Within training.   Stories called me to Scotland. Legends of ancient…

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Carrie Kenner Erika Primozich Nikki Shaheed

Monthly Letter || The State of the Organization

By the Birthing from Within Team | Mar 20, 2020

Every month, Birthing From Within sends a letter to our membership and the public, containing our reflections on happenings in birth, in the world at large, and in our organization. See a selection of our monthly letters on the blog here; sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox. Dear Friends, As we assemble this newsletter, the…

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decision making

Medical Perspectives, Part 1: Medical Decision Making in the Childbearing Year

By the BFW Medical Perspectives Committee | Feb 20, 2020

In 2020, the Birthing From Within Medical Perspectives Committee brings us a series of blog posts on various medical aspects of the childbearing year. In her new book, Heart Centered Pregnancy Journal, BFW co-owner Nikki Shaheed writes that “while it is important for modern birthing parents to have an understanding of birth and the maternal healthcare…

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becoming an equitable organization

A Statement on Becoming a More Equitable Organization

By the Birthing from Within Team | Jan 9, 2020

Every month, Birthing From Within sends a letter to our membership and the public, containing our reflections on happenings in birth, in the world at large, and in our organization. See a selection of our monthly letters on the blog here; sign up to receive our newsletters directly in your inbox. When Pam England wrote Birthing From Within in…

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Charlene Hamilton

Meet the Mentor: Charlene Hamilton

By the Birthing from Within Team | Jan 8, 2020

In our ongoing Meet the Mentor series, you’ll get a chance to meet some of our amazing Birthing From Within Childbirth Educators and Doulas. You’ll learn a little bit about their Birthing From Within work – and, just for fun, get a glimpse into their personal lives and opinions! Today, let’s meet… Charlene Hamilton Charlene…

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Resources for birth justice and anti-racism

Resources for Studying Birth Justice and Anti-Racism

By the Birthing from Within Team | Dec 22, 2019

This list is in service of furthering birth justice by acknowledging and addressing racism and white supremacy in birth in our culture. This is by no means an exhaustive list; it will be updated frequently. We are open to suggestions and/or feedback on these resources. Books White Fragility: Why It’s So Hard for White People to…

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