1. http://MamaNatural.com/ No pain medication. 27-hour labor. Doula and midwife assisted labor in a birthing center.

    Part 2 - Delivery: http://mamanatural.com/natural-childbirth-scenes-part-2-delivery/
    Part 3 - Reflections: http://mamanatural.com/natural-childbirth-scenes-part-3-reflections-slideshow/

    Buckle up everyone, here's my birthing story! It's a big one, so we've divided it into three parts.

    Labor began at 9:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept 10 and lasted through the night and into the morning. I was unable to sleep, but managing fairly well. We called our doula over around noon and soon it was time to drive to the alternative birthing center at a nearby hospital. When the midwife checked me out I was 5cm dilated. Yeah for the rookie mom! We were worried I'd be at a 1 or 2.

    I continued to labor in the birthing center - mainly in the shower and down on all fours with the birthing ball - till 4 p.m. When my midwife rechecked me I was at a 7! Life was good. I had hope! I labored for 2 more hours... very intense, very painful and thank God for Mike who literally held my back together with every contraction to help offset the pressure. I was rechecked at 6 p.m. and was making progress.

    We labored for another half hour and then filled the birthing tub...

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  2. http://MamaNatural.com/ No pain medication. 27-hour labor. Doula and midwife assisted labor in a birthing center.

    Part 1 - Labor: http://mamanatural.com/natural-childbirth-scenes-part-1-labor/
    Part 3 - Reflections: http://mamanatural.com/natural-childbirth-scenes-part-3-reflections-slideshow/

    How to get a free breast pump: http://www.mamanatural.com/how-to-get-a-free-breast-pump/

    After part one, I labored for another half hour and then filled the tub.

    My midwife talked about rupturing the water sac if I wanted to speed things up, but I declined. In the tub, I popped the sac naturally (YEAH!) and started to get the urge to push. My midwife checked me and said she could feel the baby's head. So I went for it. I was on all fours and pushing my guts out. I had intense 4-push-urge contractions and everyone thought this baby would be out by 9 p.m.

    Then things started to slow. Eventually, I got out of the tub.

    I was wiped out and my uterus was beyond exhausted. By 9 p.m. I was delirious with fatigue and dread. I honestly didn't know how I could get the strength to move forward and push the baby out. I asked if I could go to sleep and deliver in the morning. Ha! It didn't help that I hadn't eaten in 12 hours and I couldn't imagine trying.

    The baby was stuck in the same position for nearly 2 hours but thankfully he showed no signs of distress.

    The midwife and nurse wanted to kick start my uterus again, so began talking about pitocin and nipple stimulation. We tried nipple stimulation with wet rags and then breast pumps to activate stronger contractions. Cynthia was bombarded with pages that night and had to leave the room often. Once the pump's affect set in, I did have more intense contractions but, with the midwife gone, we didn't seize the opportunity.

    My midwife came back in and recommended pitocin. She also mentioned ideas like forceps and vacuum extraction.

    I was terrified of pitocin as I thought it would keep me contracting long after the labor was through. I was also concerned that it wasn't "natural." The nurse assured me she would only give me 2 drops (literally) which would give me the oomph to push this baby out and then I'd be done.

    The midwife, doula, Mike, and the nurse all felt like this was the right move so I went with it. Sure enough, once the two drops were in me I was squatting on a stool beside the bed with strong contractions again (although they weren't as strong as the breast pump contractions).

    I pushed like no one's business. After the first couple cycles, Mike and the midwife saw the baby's head beginning to crown! After a couple more push cycles, the midwife caught my baby and pressed him to my naked chest. Praise the Lord!

    The baby was very alert, with eyes open and scanning the room right from the start. He promptly began to cry for an hour straight while we all fumbled to get the breastfeeding latch right. I think the delivery was just as traumatic for him as it was for me.

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  3. http://mamanatural.com/ MYTH: Almost all men are circumcised

    - FACT: Not so much. Globally, fewer than a third of all men are circumcised [World Health Organization, 2008].. And in the USA, fewer than half of all boys born in conventional hospitals from 2006-2009 were circumcised.

    - MYTH: Circumcision is recommended by doctors and medical associations

    - FACT: In 1999, the American Academy of Pediatrics concluded that infant circumcision is not recommended as a routine procedure. The American Medical Association and the American Academy of Family Physicians agree.
    Source: "American Academy of Pediatrics: Circumcision Policy Statement". Pediatrics 103 (3): 686--693. March 1999. doi:10.1542/peds.103.3.686. PMID 10049981.

    - MYTH: It's just a bit of skin; he won't miss it

    - FACT: The prepuce (foreskin) contains about 10,000 super-specialized nerve endings and a few feet of blood vessels. It's important for sex, but it also protects the penis. Trust us, he'll miss it.
    Source: "American Academy of Pediatrics: Circumcision Policy Statement". Pediatrics 103 (3): 686--693. March 1999. doi:10.1542/peds.103.3.686. PMID 10049981.

    - MYTH: It's easier to take care of a circumcised penis

    - FACT: All you have to do with a child's intact penis is leave it alone. As the boy reaches puberty, he'll be able to retract his foreskin and rinse it as necessary. Not a big deal.
    Source: http://www.circumstitions.com/Care.html

    - MYTH: Circumcision prevents urinary tract infections

    - FACT: The studies linking circumcision to lower risk of UTIs are flawed. Here are detailed studies: http://www.cirp.org/library/disease/UTI/to/

    - MYTH: Circumcision prevents penile cancer

    - FACT: In a letter to the American Academy of Pediatrics, the American Cancer Society stated that it "does not consider routine circumcision to be a valid or effective measure to prevent [penile or cervical] cancers. ...Penile cancer rates in countries which do not practice circumcision are lower than those found in the U.S."
    Source: http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/PenileCancer/DetailedGuide/penile-cancer-prevention

    - MYTH: Intact kids will get teased in the locker room

    - FACT: These days nearly 50% of boys nationwide are left intact - so the circumcised boys may be just as likely to get teased.

    - FINAL FACT: I'm not here to make judgement. Circumcision is a big decision - and an irreversible one. Do your homework and make the right decision for you and your boy.

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