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Category Archives: waterbirths

Ethan {Argyle Birth Photography}

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Over the past 10 years I have been asked about everything from herbal baths to birth pools so I thought I would put together a list of some of the products you may have seen and wondered about.  I added a few of my favorite books also, including one for children that I bought for my own family when I was expecting my third child.  I will add to this list as I find appropriate links.

 

Pretty Pushers 100% Cotton Disposable Labor & Delivery Gown

The Pretty Pushers gown is an easy, inexpensive alternative to the standard hospital gown. And the best aspects of these delivery gowns are the openings in all the right places. Many modern labors involve epidurals, monitors, and other IV cords. Women are left disappointed by the traditional labor gowns which allow for none of the above! The Pretty Pushers gown was designed with a halter neck and low-cut back for epidural access. Additionally, there is an opening (with tie closure) at the front of the gown for both the fetal monitor and the mother’s monitor, if needed. Pretty Pushers utilizes as much recycled and recyclable material as possible in their packaging and shipping components. Of course as the company grows, so will their use of modern technology and ideas to lessen even more their impact on the environment. This company holds a strong social commitment, too…All products are 100% Made in America.

Find it on Amazon.com here.

 

 

Bintiva Peanut Ball, Including a Free Foot Pump, for Labor, Birthing, Physical Therapy, Fitness, and Exercise

This peanut ball is crafted from professional grade materials, and is similar to a standard stability ball. The difference being, that, peanut balls only move back and forth in one direction, versus the stability ball that is multidirectional. This provides more stability and control, and makes it ideal for therapy and rehabilitation use with children or seniors. The unique shape is also favored by midwives, and doulas, for use as a birthing ball.

Find it on Amazon.com here.

 

Regular Birth Pool In A Box Personal Tub With One Liner from Birth Pool in a Box

Birth Pool Designed For One Use, One Liner Included. Three Ring Design Features Six Outer Handles And An Interior Seat.

  • Over 16,000 women use it every year
  • It is reassuringly sturdy robust and has handles in all the right places
  • It has a built-in seat for bonding with your baby after birth
  • It is deep enough for birth and height can be adjusted
  • Number 1 selling inflatable Birth Pool

 Find it on Amazon.com here.

 


AfterBirth HerbalAfterBirth Sitzbath

In the days and weeks after birth, the vagina and surrounding tissue can be swollen and inflamed. WishGarden Herbs’ AfterBirth Sitzbath is an herbal soak made specifically for women post-birth to soothe minor irritations. A unique formula of herbs and sea salts that helps to restore delicate tissues after birth, AfterBirth Sitzbath can also be used to support a healthy urinary tract.   Find it on Amazon.com here.

 

 

 

 

 

Childbirth Without Fear: The Principles and Practice of Natural Childbirth by Grantly Dick-Read

In an age where birth has often been overtaken by obstetrics, Dr Dick-Read’s philosophy is still as fresh and relevant as it was when he originally wrote this book. He unpicks every possible root cause of western woman’s fear and anxiety in pregnancy, childbirth and breastfeeding and does so with overwhelming heart and empathy. Essential reading for all parents-to-be, childbirth educators, midwives and obstetricians! Find it on Amazon.com here.

 

 

 

 

 

Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth

What you need to know to have the best birth experience for you. Drawing upon her thirty-plus years of experience, Ina May Gaskin, the nation’s leading midwife, shares the benefits and joys of natural childbirth by showing women how to trust in the ancient wisdom of their bodies for a healthy and fulfilling birthing experience. Based on the female-centered Midwifery Model of Care, Ina May’s Guide to Natural Childbirth gives expectant mothers comprehensive information on everything from the all-important mind-body connection to how to give birth without technological intervention. Find it on Amazon.com here.

 

 

 

 

Confident Birth by Susanna Heli

Your body already knows how to give birth – the only help it needs from you is to protect it from all the things that can shut it down, like fear or stress. Confident Birth gives you and your birth partner simple and dynamic tools to help you release your innate power for giving birth.   Find it on Amazon.com here.

 

 

 

 

 

Hello Baby by Jenni Overend

On a winter night, in a cottage far away from the town, Mum’s baby is ready to be born. The midwife arrives and the whole family prepare for the home birth. In this honest and moving portrayal, Jenni Overend and Julie Vivas celebrate the birth of a baby at home with warmth and joy. This is a book for the whole family to share in preparation for a home birth or the arrival of a new baby.  Find it on Amazon.com here.

 

 

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Frances {Fort Worth Birth Photography}

Sneak peek from Fridays birth!  Sweet baby girl was born almost immediately after mom & dad (and the doula & I) arrived at the Fort Worth Birth Center!  Thank goodness we all left when we did!  This would have been an easy delivery to miss because there just wasn’t much to it!  Rupture of membranes, contractions and baby all within about 1.5 hours!

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Olivia {Grand Prairie Birth Photography}

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Samuel {Corinth Birth Photography}

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Elizabeth Love {Fort Worth Birth Photography}

I have a long history of almost missing this mamas births!  With her 1st VBAC I hadn’t even made it out of Granbury when I received word that she was already pushing – and I had left my house after she had had only 1 contraction!  I made it with time to spare thanks to a longer pushing stage. With her 2nd VBAC I again left my house after only 1 contraction and walked in minutes before the birth.  This time I thought I was golden.  The family had moved quite a bit closer to me so I truly thought I would arrive in plenty of time and have an opportunity to take a few more labor pictures than I had been able to before.  I was so wrong.  I received a phone call on the morning of July 30 after 1 contraction, but unlike the previous births, this time she wasn’t sure that “this was really it.”  I went ahead and started driving just to be on the safe side.  Only minutes later the text came through that I had been dreading. “Hurry.”  When I arrived and walked into the bedroom you could already see a bit of little girls head.  Only 3 minutes later, she was born.  Labor had gotten faster, when I didn’t even think it was possible.  20 minutes, followed by the 30 minutes of pushing that saved me.

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Sutton {Argyle Birth Photography}

This mama had a L-O-N-G first labor, so everyone was shocked when she arrived at All About Babies Birth Center this time and was already 9 cm!  Baby Sutton had such a peaceful waterbirth in my favorite room there (birth suite B!)

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Alice {Fort Worth Birth Photography}

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Harper {Fort Worth Birth Photography}

 I always love working with the UNT midwife group at Harris Methodist and this was no exception.  Mom had a wonderful waterbirth soon after arriving at the hospital and was even able to take an herbal bath with the baby after spending some time with her older children.

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Nola {Fort Worth Birth Photography}

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