Birth Matters: This Week

Happy Friday and welcome to the second installment of Birth Matters! Today we have some great links to share that touch on a little bit of everything. From a friendly reminder to be supportive of all types of births to a cool coloring book for mothers to be, we hope this week's collection of links inspires great conversation about maternal health.

While this piece was published a while ago, it is an important reminder to be accepting of all births and celebrate the autonomy women have over their health and life expereinces. "I Had A C-Section and I Loved It" - NPR

Speaking of C-Sections, this NPR story talks about the Microbes babies born by Cesarean miss out on. However, a new study suggests a possible solution. "Researchers Test Microbe Wie To Babies' Health After C-Sections"

You may have already seen it, but this image of a Cesarean Birth using clear draping is so beautiful! It is inspiring to see where changes can be made and how small alterations have the a huge impact on the experience of birth. It might not be every mother's perogative, but know that it is a choice you can make.

Photo credit - Bonnie Hussey

Wondering how to prepare for your baby's birth or what to pack in a Hospial bag? These beautiful images show what women around the world pack in their maternity bags.

Adult coloring books have become extremely popular, covering everything from Secret Gardens to Childbirth. Below is a link to a Coloring Book of 11 Birth Affirmations, the perfect gift for a pregnant friend or for yourself! In a note from the author she wrote:

" since coloring for adults has been found as a therapeutical tool to get into a relaxation state, colouring of birth affirmations will assit the expectant moms to believe in their strengths and get ready for joyous birth!"

Thank you for visiting the SMDP Blog and tune in next week for another post on Birth Matters!

*All of these links are meant to inform, create dialogue and provide a variety of perspectives. Birth occurs in many places, through many different paths and what is most important is that informed decisions are exercised, a birthing woman is supported and the experience is empowering.

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