Archive for 2010

  • Abby Epstein’s Labor

    Sunday, February 7th, 2010

    Abby Epstein, Ricki Lake’s co-producer in the film, The Business of Being Born, who was also pregnant, had planned for a homebirth with New York midwife, Cara Muhlhahn. Ms. Epstein was being followed closely by a physician during her pregnancy due to her baby being seriously growth restricted (IUGR).

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  • Yes, I Am Picking On Ricki Lake. A Little Background.

    Thursday, February 4th, 2010

    I might be just about done with this but seeing Ricki Lake on a recent talk show and still hearing women elevate her to near sainthood for “returning us to homebirth” has just steamed me once again. I really don’t have anything personal against Ms. Lake. I am just so very bothered by celebrities; – actresses, models, etc. taking personal stances on whatever their favorite subject is and using their ability to reach a mass audience to promote their cause. It is exploitation of the worst kind.

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  • 4:00 a.m. Rambling

    Tuesday, February 2nd, 2010

    It has been raining. Alot. Seems we are fully in the throes of winter here in Northern California. I have about 4 blogs posts ready to go, with some general polishing, but at 4am what I am really working on is trying to decide if I keep Alexander (and myself) home today.

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  • Back To The Homebirth Discussion

    Sunday, January 24th, 2010

    After last week’s blog I received quite a few emails and a post here responding to the article I discussed about Tracey Hermanstorfer in Colorado who nearly lost her life during childbirth. A few of them responded by saying that her respiratory and cardiac arrest were actually the “result” of her being in the hospital.

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  • Martin Luther King and Haitian Relief

    Monday, January 18th, 2010

    Today is a day honoring Martin Luther King. Alexander and I attend a church in San Francisco called Glide Memorial which is so much more than a church. It is a place of honoring God not only through completely awesome music and prayer but also through actually doing work for people in the community. Mostly the underserved and the disenfranchised. Alexander and I serve food for the some 5000 people who come for meals not only on the holidays but 3 times a day every day of the year.

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  • A Miracle Birth

    Thursday, January 14th, 2010

    Childbirth is an amazing time in a woman’s life – in a family’s life. And, there is no question that childbirth in America is far from perfect. We have a disturbing acceptance of the “medicalization” of birth, far too many interventions and an exorbitantly high cesarean section rate. There is no argument that much can be improved in our system. However, we cannot ever lose sight of what really is truly important. It is certainly not just the process or the experience itself. It is indeed ultimately the outcome. A healthy baby and a healthy mom. In most of the world that really is what it is about.

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  • 50 Useful Pregnancy iPhone Applications

    Tuesday, January 5th, 2010

    I was contacted by these folks a couple of months ago and since I love iPhone apps I thought I would pass these along to you. I haven’t reviewed all 50 but some of them are really great. Enjoy!

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  • Happy 2010

    Saturday, January 2nd, 2010

    I wish all of you a very happy and peaceful new year. 2009 was quite a year of “upheaval” for so many people. It certainly was for me. In this next year, I seek to be less hurried, less worried and more genuinely at peace with my personal, as well as, the expanded world around me.

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