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Seeking participants for docu-series on outdoor birth

SEEKING PREGNANT U.S. COUPLES THAT WOULD LIKE TO PARTICIPATE IN A DOCU-SERIES ABOUT UNASSISTED OR MIDWIFE-ASSISTED, OUTDOOR BIRTH. Late last year I was contacted by a company that was making a docu-series about outdoor birth for a major cable network. At first I was reluctant to get involved, but after watching clips from the first episode (which will air sometime next year) and speaking extensively with the producer – whose two children were born at home - I have decided to participate. I believe the producer has a genuine passion for homebirth and will present it in a positive light. His wife is currently studying to become a post-partum doula. In the episode I viewed, a couple in Alaska gave birth in a dwelling built by the father on the couple’s land. The birth was attended by the father, the mother’s sister and an unintrusive and unseen film crew. The family was very happy with the way they were portrayed and the birth brought tears to my eyes! I think this is a wonderful opportunity to help spread the word about the joys of homebirth! No first-time moms or California residents, and couples must be due between Sept. 1st and Nov. 30th. Please contact me at laurashanley@comcast.net for more information, and feel free to share this message!

Expecting Success! A Positive Approach to Pregnancy and Birth

I’m excited to announce my new online class: Expecting Success! A Positive Approach to Pregnancy and Birth.  The 4 week (1 hour a week) class begins Sept. 4th at 1pm Pacific (4pm Eastern).  For more information or to register for the class click here - http://www.entheos.com/academy/courses/Expecting-Success.  This will be a fun and interesting class.  Anyone with an interest in birth is encouraged to attend.  Please spread the word!

Cesarean facts from ICAN

Nearly one-third of all US babies are delivered via Cesarean section.  Here are some facts from the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) :

  • When a cesarean is necessary, it can be a lifesaving technique for both for mother and infant
  • Many indications for cesarean can and should be questioned
  • In half of all cesarean births women suffer complications, and the maternal mortality rate is two to four times that of women with vaginal births
  • Approximately 180 women die annually in the U.S. from elective repeat cesareans
  • Vaginal birth after cesarean is safer for both mother and infant in most cases than is a repeat cesarean
  • According to the World Health Organization, "Countries with some of the lowest perinatal mortality rates in the world have cesarean rates of less than 10 percent."

To learn more about cesareans or to connect with the ICAN community, visit www.ican-online.org

Posted on April 5, 2012 and filed under unassisted childbirth.

Join me at the Trust Birth Conference April 13th-15th

I'm so excited to be speaking once again at the Trust Birth Conference!  The conference is in Nashville, TN this year from April 13th through the 15th (there is also a pre-conference starting on April 11th; see website for details).  My talk is entitled "Unassisted Childbirth Stories and Vignettes."  I'll be sharing some of my favorite (and in some cases, unusual) birth stories along with a slideshow and a DVD of some amazing unassisted births.  I'll also be part of two panels - one on push-less birth (no, you don't have to PUSH your babies out!), and the other on why some women choose to stay home alone to give birth.  As usual, there will be numerous talks given by the best and brightest teachers, writers, childbirth professionals and mothers in the "business."  There's still time to register.  I hope you'll join me there!

Radio show tonight - Unassisted Childbirth

Tune in tonight (March 19th) at 9pm Central as I’m interviewed by Gena Kirby on the Progressive Parenting show. We’ll be talking about unassisted childbirth, orgasmic birth, and the upcoming Trust Birth Conference. After the show (at 10pm Central) I will be doing a half hour TV show on Vokle. One lucky TV viewer will win a copy of the second edition of my book, Unassisted Childbirth!

Posted on March 19, 2012 and filed under unassisted childbirth.