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I believed….

From our HBC Mama Survey, a colorful pie chart representing the percent breakdown of mothers who believed they would or wouldn’t have a cesarean and if they prepared for one prenatally. 54.1% of women who took our survey believed they would NEVER have a cesarean. You can take our survey here.

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Have you heard…..

Throughout the months of June and July, we’ll be “leaking” some of the data collected from our HBC mama stats survey. This map of the United States shows where our HBC mama responses have been coming from. The bigger the dot, the more mamas have taken our survey in that area. As of May, we are seeing…

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HBC Birth Poem: feeling she does not feel

  Thoughts on my experience of my recent birth. This was a planned homebirth that was transferred to the hospital in the 43rd week after a four-day home induction failed to progress past 4 centimeters. The hospital staff would not induce me due to supposedly life-threatening conditions, and although I disagreed with their findings my…

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Guest Author Post: The Implications of Our Rhetoric

April is Cesarean Awareness Month and the birth community is a-buzz with information about cesarean births. We’re told there is a c-section epidemic where 1 in 3 births in the US is now surgical(1). It is so out of control that now, finally, even the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) is trying to rein…

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HBC May Workshops

HBCI is facilitating 2 workshops in May. The Portland, Oregon workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 3 from 9:00 – 4:30 and the Silverspring, Maryland workshop is scheduled for Saturday, May 17 from 9:00 – 5:00.  These workshops are for birth professionals who see the value in learning about the potential trauma that is behind…

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High Expectations and Romanticizing Birth

During Cesarean Awareness Month, let’s take a moment to consider what happens when we romanticize out-of-hospital birth. Where do our high expectations come from? How do we walk the line between supporting women who want to birth in their homes or at birth centers, yet still allowing for birth to happen in the hospital or…

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A Bit From Chapter 1: My Story

This is second excerpt from my birth story that is in Chapter 1 of the upcoming book, Homebirth Cesarean. When the darkness comes The first full day of labor became the first full night, then the second full day. Throughout the process, I secretly congratulated myself on how well I was handling the contractions, actively…

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HBC Featured Family: Birth Pictures as Healing

After the birth of our son, I think I apologized to my midwife a hundred times. I felt like I did a disservice to homebirth by having a planned one that ended in a cesarean. It felt like my husband, baby, and I were three walking red x’s in the eyes of midwives and their…

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A Bit From Chapter 1: My Story

As part of Cesarean Awareness Month, I’ll be sharing excerpts from the upcoming book Homebirth Cesarean. This particular section comes from Chapter 1, The Scar We Share. This is my story, my history, that I lovingly share with you. Before the scar My scar is a red weld once held by staples; a birth site….

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April is Cesarean Awareness Month

Today is April 1st. This is the day my daughter was surgically born after 50 plus hours of labor at home. This is the day my world came crashing down. This is the day that absolutely changed my life forever. The goals of cesarean awareness month are to raise awareness about cesarean and to reduce…

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