Birth Preparation and the Covid-19 Pandemic

Covid 19 Birth Preparation

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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Medical Decision Making in the Childbearing Year

decision making

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 system before their baby’s arrival, it is also easier than ever to become so overwhelmed by all of the books, blogs, articles, films, and…

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12 Ways to Change Birth in Our Culture, Part 9: Include Birth Art Processes in Classes for Parents and Professionals

birthing from within birth art process

In 2010, Pam England wrote a series of pieces about ways in which we can change birth in our culture. The Birthing From Within leadership and blog team has chosen some of these pieces as inspiration and jumping-off points to create a new 12-part series about changing birth in our culture that reflects current understandings within the…

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Exploring Birth through Collage: A Prenatal Birth Art Project

birth art collage

Human beings are steeped in symbolism, from the signs that direct us where to go, to pictures and songs that trigger special memories, to advertising that is designed to evoke an emotional response. Many times the way symbols and metaphor intersect with us is completely unconscious, and our reactions our reflexive: without knowing where the…

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Nourishing the Life Within: Leigh Pennebaker’s Perfect Salad with Avocado and Lemon-Tahini Dressing


In Ancient Map for Modern Birth, Pam England writes of the importance of “Nourishing the Life Within” with tasty, satisfying, and nutritious food. In this series, we tap chefs, nutritionists, postpartum doulas, and other kitchenistas for their favorite ideas for: pregnant and postpartum parents…sleep deprived doulas, midwives, and nurses…and anyone whose inner spirit is in…

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