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[23 Apr 2002|01:08am]
I've been having dreams about midwifery. Text books, babies and lots of learning fill my head when my eyes close.
I have concerns, naturally. I'm close to making a very big educational and lifestyle commitment and I suppose a little bit of nervousness is expected.

There are not too many midwives that are unassisted birth advocates. In fact it's nearly unheard of. Hurmm. This will be interesting.
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[16 Feb 2002|06:33pm]
[ mood | good ]

Hello, if you haven't already...please answer this one question here. If you have already, then please move along...and ] thank you :)

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(I have to post this three places, so yeah, just deal with it if you have to see this again :) [01 Feb 2002|12:33pm]
[ mood | yay! ]

Totally excited about this discovery channel show! Even though it will be more medical... Laura Shanley is going to have a very short short interview and a clip from her unassisted birth at the end of the segment!!!

I read her book 3 years ago confirming my belief that women could give birth totally aware and naturally unassisted like all other mammals. See my unassisted birth :)
Since Sage was born I have spoken to her many times, and Sage's unassisted birth also became part of this documentary. Laura is just a very awesome cool lady. She actually lives in Boulder, Colorado and I am going to meet her soon!

An increasing number of women chose to birth unassisted, but very little media coverage has been made about the subject. Apparently, finally, Discovery Channel has shown interest.

So if your interested in childbirth/medical stuff at all then check out the show times through this link

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[07 Dec 2001|08:23pm]
when sage was born I started to feel the stretching, that sensation i had read about, maybe it was "the" burn.

*mind rushing with contractions* Was it the burn I have been reading about? ... oh no I thought to myself scared, remembering what books written by doctors said.
"the ring of fire"

Then I told myself as I was on my knees, child pressing out onto my hand and from out from beneath me,
"Shauna, you will not feel that, it's silly, enjoy it"

and I swear to you, it did not hurt.
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"Protecting the health and informed consent rights of children since 1982." ==================================
Sherri Tenpenny, D.O.,
will be on Art Bell on Nov 14, 2001 10-3aPST

She will be talking about the following vaccines: Anthrax, Smallpox,
Hepatitis B and (if there is time) HIV. She will also be discussing the
State Model Emergency Health Powers Act that can be found at

You can find a local affiliate station in your area by going to

click for a vaccine poll
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helping women [02 Nov 2001|06:48am]
[ mood | thoughtful ]

I thought this link was very helpful when I was pregnant and doing everything unassisted.
And even if your having a hospital birth, it could come in VERY handy. Just to learn about things and complications and how to prevent them, what to watch out for.

I saw a women tonight who was super huge pregnant. I asked her when she was due... 3 weeks, she said.

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Sometimes I try and ignore this obsession I have with childbirth. [23 Oct 2001|11:43pm]
[ mood | exhausted ]

Only to feel it bite me in the ass (hard) and slap me across the face just a few days later. Why do I ignore it? Because... because I want not to care. Its exhausting. Sure lots of babies end up "okay" when they come home from the hospital. And sometimes I just think that over and over again. My ex husbands words ring in my ears, "Shauna you cant save the world." Its not about saving the world though. Its about the much needed quality loving care of women. Its about preserving the naturalness and safety of bringing life into the world, and taking that life and nurturing it.
In reality just because a mother and child lived" through birth doesnt mean those babies and mommies had the birth they deserve. Did the babies get immediate skin to skin contact with their moms? Immediate Breast feeding with support if needed. Can you even get support in a hospital from a women who thinks that you breastfeeding your child is just as important as her nursing her own? (I couldnt get it when I had Charlotte in a hospital. What I got was four grouchy nurses impatient with me and handing me a bottle. If I just would have had the guts I have now. *shakes fist* The way they made me feel still makes me cry.)

Like all experiences, we hold the memories of birth with us. Babies hold those memories as well.
I think of how the hospital made me feel during labor and birth. If I had to pick one descriptive word it would be inadequate. Can you think about how horrible that must feel when you are doing the most spectacular, awesome, natural and primal thing of your life? Fucking inadequate? Like a broken machine. "Doctors take me, I cant do it alone." I was, at eighteen, to dumb to know my own worth.
I hear stories and talk to other women about how their birth made them feel. What I have found is that there is an overwhelming amount of disappointment surrounding childbirth in general. Some women prefer to never talk about it again. And then some women of course have no problems with their birth experiences at all. But what if it could be better? What if it could be liberating and empowering?
Are moms able to birth the way she really wants in hospitals? No, because women dont really know what the freedom of birthing her own way really feels like. Society is against it. And think about it; who is going to wave their ass in the air positioned on all fours, swaying their hips side to side all the while moaning deep primal moans on a hospital bed? Who is going to stand up during labor and walk or kneel or eat or pee or shout or go outside to get fresh air if that's what feels good to her? Aside from the inhibition being a factor, there is the interference it would have on monitors, IVs, vaginal exams, all kinds of dr/nurse customs and just the sheer unconventional view of the whole situation that forbids women from positioning themselves in such a way.
A way that feels good to them.
I don't know what it is. This drive that I have, it is an obsession. I am obsessed with pregnancy, childbirth and newborns.
Obsessed enough to dedicate my life to it?
yes. I am.
obsessed enough to work harder than I ever have before?
I have to be.
I need to go to bed. I am all worked up now.

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[23 Oct 2001|02:44pm]
when sage was born i didn't bathe him for at least 3 days. not even a sponge bath. when i caught him myself in the cabin i dryed him with a towel a little, and let him nurse. his skin stayed soft and was not touched by soaps or anything yucky.
he smelled exactly like the ocean. i can't tell you how sweet. it's the sweetest smell i could ever dream. so clean. i thought to myself as long as he smells like this i will never bathe him.
And i licked his cheek, to taste the salt.
the womb is an ocean.
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A 14 year old girl talks about the difference between hospital and home birth [12 Oct 2001|11:55am]
[ mood | warm ]

When I was 12 years old, my mother became pregnant with my sister Claire. When I was 13, my sister Abigail was born. Claire came into the world at the hospital, and we had Abigail at home. I was there both times. They were two completely different experiences, although they both ended up with the same result: a beautiful baby girl.

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[10 Oct 2001|06:49am]
[ mood | early ]

Here's a link to my childbirth and natural parenting community.

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[27 Sep 2001|07:03am]
i think people complain just to complain. I also think know people manifest their own discomfort.
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i liked these. [21 Sep 2001|11:09am]
The greatest joy is to become a mother; the second greatest is to be a midwife.
-Norwegian Proverb

Midwifery is a vocation, a romance, an addiction, a religion. It isn't something you dabble in; there's a part of yourself, of your life, that you give away. -Fran Ventre
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i wrote a new story today [17 Sep 2001|01:39pm]
[ mood | accomplished ]

Children As Midwives
Giving The Gift of Fearless Birth

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[16 Sep 2001|01:04am]
[ mood | funny ]

"I was cesarean born. You can't really tell, although whenever I leave a house, I go out through a window" - Steven Wright

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babies [07 Sep 2001|08:32am]
[ mood | nostalgic ]

I want to have more babies.
I mean I know that I sound crazy, and I AM NOT going to for quite sometime. I have 2, 2 that I can barely afford as it is. My point just is that I love being all fat and pregnant and glowy. And I love feeling little kicks from the inside and feeling people rubbing my belly from the outside. I miss drinking 5 cups of nettle and red raspberry leaf tea a day. And heck I even miss getting up 3 times each night to go pee. And I miss having leaky milky breasts and a little one nursing every hour on the hour.
I am so goofy.
I actually wish humans were pregnant for like 2 years, instead of 9 months. LOL. 9 months isn't long enough.
It amazes me how most women take all of these things for granted.
Damn I hope my period ends soon. I am still so mopey and silly about babies today.
Thats what I get for reading birth stories and attachment parenting sites all morning. LOL.
I am such a maternal mammal.
Its nice.

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[06 Sep 2001|01:15pm]
i found this link to lots of unassisted birth stories. Also this site hosts hospital and midwife assisted birth stories. It's neat.
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breastfed babies [06 Sep 2001|07:46am]
[ mood | curious ]

ABC news starts a debate about breastfeeding
this is what i had to say to abc's question "ZWhere do you stand on the breastfeeding debate."
There is no debate. I am a mammal. I nurse my children. It's simple. It's the way we were made. People who debate breastfeeding are simply products of an convenient and unnatural society. People who challenge if babies should breastfeed or not are sorely misinformed and incapable of being the mother that they need to be. I do not support formula feeding in anyway. Formula was created for emergency situations, and that is exactly what it is intended for.

Was I to harsh? Do you agree?

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[21 Aug 2001|07:52am]
[ mood | sexist :) ]

i was just sitting here thinking about why all lactation consultants are female.

Have you ever heard of a women going to a male lactation consultant?

No way. And why not? Cause Men dont nurse babies, or know what it is like to nurse babies either.

So why do women go to male obstetrician/gynecologists?

Sorry of that's sexist. But that's the way I sure do feel.

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[18 Aug 2001|10:45pm]
"I think expansion sounds so much better than contraction, after all your cervix expands, it does not contract and become smaller."

-Diane Marie
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this article is stunning, and so well written. I am flaming mad, upset, and the article made me cry. THIS IS what is happening to women and babies. [17 Aug 2001|07:12am]
[ mood | distressed ]

from Mothering Magazine jul/aug 2001
Induced and Seduced
The Dangers of Cytotec
By Ina May Gaskin

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