Placenta Discussion on "The Place" with Fox 13

Fox 13 News contacted me a couple weeks ago for an interview about my placenta encapsulation! I’ve been so excited waiting for this to air this evening.  Yesterday, they contacted me again requesting a short discussion on the day show called “The Place.” Of course, I said yes and had a wonderful time sharing some information about what I do and why I do it.  Here’s the link below.

Say NO To Vitamin K Shot~Say YES To EATING GREENS!

I'm not a fan, in the least, of any of the newborn testing or screening that is done. Especially when its done right after birth. I'm not saying, that at times, testing on a newborn may be necessary.  But we've taken testing on pregnant mamas and babies to a WHOLE new level. Testing that is causing trauma without showing evidence in saving the life of Moms or babies. After doing your homework you'll see, the majority of the testing is being done on babies who don't even need it. 
When any unneeded testing is done on a brand new baby who just entered the world,  it is damaging in almost every way possible.  Physically, emotionally and psychologically.  To believe otherwise goes against logic and intuition.
When we choose to let these tests be performed on our newborns in this manner, its like saying to your new little one...."Hello and welcome, First, I'm going to vigorously rub your skin with this rough towel.  I sure hope it doesn't irritate your skin or make it red.  NOW let me stab you with a few'll only hurt for a minute.  Here's some goop to put in your eyes which which will most likely burn or sting and prevent your from seeing clearly your caretakers, your mother, father, brothers or sisters or anyone or anything for that matter.  Oh, and I'm going you touch and hold you in ways that are uncomfortable and awkward mostly because your not my child and I'm just trying to hurry and get my job done as soon as possible.  I do have other women to attend to and other things to do. Also, I'm going to be poking and prodding you with hard, cold metal objects.  Lastly, I'm going to wrap in a blanket so tight you might not be able to breathe and you definitely won't be able to snuggle SUPER to skin...with Mom or Dad.  We're so HAPPY your here." 
I wrote the above paragraph up in such a way as it seems we might be explaining to our newborns what we're actually doing to them BEFORE we do it.  NOPE!  That would be a HUGE improvement, for sure.  At least, the infant would get a heads up before we do it.  That might make a BIG difference of their integration into the process of the testing.
Not a very kind welcome nor a loving environment for infant and maternal bonding.  After all this torture we've performed on our newborns, we want them to feel welcome and adored.  We want them to feel loved and accepted.  We want them to know they are safe and they can trust you and their earthly environment.  
As I see it, those actions I stated above, are deeply effecting our babies.  And not in a good way.  They are coming into this world hoping for open arms but instead are being placed on Mom's chest for, if your lucky, 5+ minutes.  Then whisked away almost immediately.  My logic tells me we are setting the stage for life of how this infant will perceive the people and world around him/her.  
All I know is I entered a new EXCITED to see friends and loved ones I haven't seen in a very long time.  If someone treated me the way we treat our newborns on their arrival,  I would RUN back home as soon as possible.  Along with feeling betrayed, abandoned and afraid.  Gotta tell ya guys, this is how our babies feel.  No DOUBT!  
Below are 3 very informative articles about the newborn K shot.  Its important for you and your baby that you understand where the idea of the newborn K shot came from and why its even done on infants.   Not only is the Vitamin K shot probably completely unnecessary for your baby but learn all the chemicals and synthetics that are going into your newborn.  Sometimes only minutes after arriving earthside.  This can and does affect the neurological system of your newborn potentially causing future damage. 
I teach in my LivingMom Childbirth course the importance of nutrition, especially dark green leafy vegetables.  Drinking green smoothies each and every day is an EXCELLENT way to guarantee VOLUMES of vitamin K getting to your baby during pregnancy and MEGA doses getting to your baby via colostrum and breast milk.  
We use mostly spinach at our house for green smoothies but, if you read below, you can large quantities of Vitamin K in kale as well.  Truthfully, any dark green leafy vegetable will be chalk full of vitamin K and powerfully beneficial for you and your baby.  
Not only are greens GREAT for vitamin K but tend to be HIGH in other very needed nutrients during pregnancy, like iron, calcium and folate.  Making sure to eat a BIG salad once a day will guarantee better health for you and your baby! 
If you look below or read the highlighted article in this sentence, you'll see ALL the nutrients spinach provides.  Top of the got it....VITAMIN K! This is in one cup of cooked spinach.  Imagine the greater nutrient content if you keep it raw versus cooked and the greater nutrient absorption for you and baby.  
So... Next time your wondering what to eat or drink.  Remember what's BEST for you and your infant and DON'T FORGET THE GREENS. 
In Peace, Rachel 
Nutrients in
1.00 cup cooked (180.00 grams)
Nutrient%Daily Value


vitamin K1110.6%


vitamin A377.3%










vitamin C29.4%


vitamin B224.7%






vitamin B622%




vitamin E18.7%






vitamin B111.3%










omega-3 fats7%


vitamin B34.4%




Calories (41)2%

You can read more about spinach by clicking HERE!


Skip that Newborn Vitamin K Shot

One of the very first things on a doctor or midwife’s to do list after the birth of your baby is an injection of vitamin K. The purpose of this shot is to assist the newborn with blood clotting capabilities in order to prevent the very rare and slow problem of bleeding into the brain in the weeks after birth (risk in about one in every 10,000 live births). The shot also is a supposed safeguard in case your car is involved in a car wreck on the way home from the hospital or birthing center with newborn in tow. Even a mild injury to a newborn could be life threatening if blood clotting capability is not adequate.
At first blush, allowing the vitamin K shot seems to be a no brainer. Safety of this precious, helpless little being is of paramount importance and questioning the necessity of this shot seems ludicrous. Since questioning the unquestionable is something I seem to have a knack for, let’s have at it. Is the vitamin K shot really of any value?
Let’s start with the vitamin K used in the shot itself. Is it a natural form of vitamin K such as would be found in leafy greens (K1) or butter (K2)? No, it is a synthetic vitamin K – generic name phytonadione. Synthetic vitamins should be avoided as they can cause imbalances in the body and have unintended consequences. For example, synthetic vitamin A actually causes the type of birth defects that natural vitamin A prevents!
How much synthetic vitamin K is in the shot? Shockingly, the national standard mandated by most states for US hospitals to administer is over 100 times the infant’s RDA of this nutrient. Since studies have linked large doses of vitamin K with childhood cancers and leukemia, this large dose of synthetic K administered within minutes of birth seems questionable at best.
The fact is that medical science still does not know that much about the metabolic fate of vitamin K. Little to no unmetabolized vitamin K shows up in urine or bile. This is disturbing given the fact that vitamin K is a fat soluble vitamin and therefore has the potential to accumulate in body tissues. More disturbing is that the liver of a newborn does not begin to function until 3 or 4 days after birth. As a result, this little being has very limited to no ability to detoxify the large dose of synthetic vitamin K and all other the dangerous ingredients in the injection cocktail including:
- Phenol (carbolic acid – a poisonous substance derived from coal tar)
- Benzyl alcohol (preservative)
- Propylene glycol (better known as antifreeze and a hydraulic in brake fluid)
- Acetic acid (astringent, antimicrobial agent)
- Hydrochloric acid
- Lecithin
- Castor oil
The manufacturer’s insert included with the shot includes the following warning, “Severe reactions, including fatalities, have occurred during and immediately after intravenous injection of phytonadione even when precautions have been taken to dilute the vitamin and avoid rapid infusion …”
If that isn’t enough to scare you, Midwifery Digest, Vol 2 #3, September 1992 estimated that the chance of your child developing leukemia from the vitamin K shot is about one in 500! This means that the risk of developing leukemia from the vitamin K shot is much higher than the risk of bleeding on the brain which the vitamin K shot is supposed to prevent!
Does any of this make any sense to you? It makes absolutely no sense to me. How could anyone say that this shot is safe and effective for newborns?
How about this for an alternative – eat lots of leafy greens in the weeks before your due date (I drank a cup or two of nettle tea every day in the final weeks which is loaded with vitamin K1) to make sure your blood is high in vitamin K and of course, this will transfer to your baby as well. Make sure you breastfeed your child as the probiotics in breastmilk will seed your baby’s digestive tract with the right type of good bacteria which will produce naturally occurring vitamin K immediately after birth.
Skip the shot, eat your greens. Now, THAT makes some sense.
Sarah, The Healthy Home Economist
If you click on the header to each article, it will take you directly to the website I pulled the information from.  I LOVE Catherine's website (below)and think it has a WORLD of WONDERFUL birth information. :)

Newborn Vitamin K Injections

What is it?

In the United States, the practice of newborn vitamin k injections has become almost universal.  However, this routine newborn procedure is controversial in other nations.  It originated during the hospital age of routine separation of mothers from their babies, before rooming-in was an accepted practice.

Why is this done?

The rationale for newborn vitamin K  injection at birth is that newborns are born with a "deficiency" of vitamin K. This perceived deficiency is based upon a comparison of newborn levels to normal adult values. Low levels of vitamin k can lead to decreased clotting ability of the blood, that can leave the newborn more susceptible to hemorrhage.  The risk is quite small, only about 1 in 200, but it does exist.  The following factors increase risk of hemorrhage in newborns:

Risk Factors for Cerebral Hemorrhage

  • Precipitous Labor
  • Prolonged Labor
  • Significant Fetal Head Molding
  • Birth Trauma
  • Forceps Delivery
  • Vacuum Extraction
  • Variable Heart Decelerations in Late Labor
  • Circumcision

Points to Ponder on Routine Injection

While newborn vitamin K  injection may sound like an acceptable intervention, there are several points to ponder, foremost of which is that all infants are born with a low level of vitamin k. Thus, it raises the question of whether the low newborn concentration of vitamin k should in fact be termed a deficiency. Additional concerns include:

  • The amount of Vit K injected is 20,000 times the newborn level at birth. The dose size given is based upon normal adult values. Additionally, the injection may also contain preservatives which are known toxins to the infant.
  • Large doses of Vit K are a cause of jaundice in the newborn.  A cure for one perceived ailment then becomes the cause of another.
  • Colostrum, which precedes breastmilk, is rich in Vit K.  Thus, an infant who is breastfed immediately at birth will receive a natural source of Vit K, in most cases significantly raising the Vit K level.
  • Vit K is absorbed by the gut from foods we eat.  However, the injection is an intramuscular one, which bypasses the gut and delivers the Vit K in a way the body wasn't designed to receive.
  • Birth is an overwhelming sensory experience for the baby - it has never before been cold, hungry, been blinded by light, felt the touch of cloth or the pull of gravity.  Sticking a needle into its body and inflicting pain isn't a gentle way to allow the sensory system to gradually adjust to the outside world.
  • Subconsciously, it sends the message that nature is inadequate, that medical interventions are are necessary to save us from ourselves.

Simple Solutions

1. Minimize interventions and the use of pain medications to reduce the risk of intercranial bleeding.
Interventions such as epidural anethesia, iv narcotics, internal fetal monitoring, induction, and operative delivery including forceps and vacuum extraction (ventouse) put the baby at greater risk of developing bruising and intercranial hemorrhage during or shortly after birth. Planning a low intervention birth limits risks to the baby and mother by reducing risks associated with these interventions.

1. Consider requesting an oral dose rather than an injection.
This eliminates the overdose and lessens the risk of hemorrhage and jaundice, as well as the pain of the injection and exposure to harmful preservatives.  Also, the Vit K is absorbed through the gut, as it was intended to be.  While this may seem like an easy solution, be sure to discuss this option first with your care provider.  Since hospitals are accustomed to standard operating procedure, it can be difficult for them to correctly determine the oral dosage for your infant.
Some hospital pharmacies may not stock oral Vitamin K. In this situation, you may wish to refuse the injection and administer the oral dose yourself. Oral vitamin K can be purchased online here and this is an oral dosing protocol you may wish to follow.

2. Nurse immediately after the birth with no supplementation given.

3. During the last few weeks of pregnancy, load your diet with foods rich in Vit K.
While this hasn't been shown to improve newborn vitamin  K levels, it has been shown to increase the amount of Vit K in breastmilk.

By following these simple solutions, you can receive the benefits of an accurate newborn vitamin K dose while avoiding all the negatives of an injection.

Puckett RM, Offringa M. Prophylactic vitamin K for vitamin K deficiency bleeding in neonates. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews2000, Issue 4. Art. No.: CD002776. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD002776.

Hey, E. Vitamin K--what, why, and when.  Arch Dis Child Fetal Neonatal Ed. 2003 Mar;88(2):F80-3.

Vitamin K prophylaxis to prevent neonatal vitamin K deficient intracranial haemorrhage in Shizuoka prefecture. Nishiguchi T, Saga K, Sumimoto K, Okada K, Terao T Br J Obstet Gynaecol 1996 Nov;103(11):1078-1084.

Plasma concentrations after oral or intramuscular vitamin K1 in neonates. McNinch AW, Upton C, Samuels M, Shearer MJ, McCarthy P, Tripp JH, L'E Orme R. Arch Dis Child. 1985 Sep;60(9):814-8.

[Effect of oral and intramuscular vitamin K on the factors II, VII, IX, X, and PIVKA II in the infant newborn under 60 days of age] [Article in Spanish] Arteaga-Vizcaino M, Espinoza Holguin M, Torres Guerra E, Diez-Ewald M, Quintero J, Vizcaino G, Estevez J, Fernandez N.  Rev Med Chil. 2001 Oct;129(10):1121-9.

Delayed cord clamping in very preterm infants reduces the incidence of intraventricular hemorrhage and late-onset sepsis: a randomized, controlled trial. Mercer JS, Vohr BR, McGrath MM, Padbury JF, Wallach M, Oh W. Pediatrics. 2006 Apr;117(4):1235-42.

[Vitamin K 1 concentration and vitamin K-dependent clotting factors in newborn infants after intramuscular and oral administration of vitamin K 1] [Article in Hungarian] Goldschmidt B, Kisrakoi C, Teglas E, Verbenyi M, Kovacs I.  Orv Hetil. 1990 Jun 17;131(24):1297-300.

Vitamin K - An Alternative Perspective. Midwife Sara Wickham provides a much-needed update on vitamin K prophylaxis.  AIMS Journal, Summer 2001, Vol 13 No 2


The Dark Side of the Vitamin K Shot

Fom the trauma inflicted on a newborn of getting the shot, the amount of Vitamin K injected into newborns is 20,000 times the needed dose. The injection also contains a preservative, Benzyl alcohol, that can be especially toxic on your baby’s delicate, young immune system.

A parent has to keep asking themselves, ‘Is this procedure really necessary?’ The answer is typically no. Natural health awareness requires a paradigm shift away from the limits of western medicine, a re-education toward self sufficiency. Trusting in nature’s storehouse of resources, understanding the proportional requirements which best serve the body; the learning curve toward such know-how takes a lot more convincing, especially given mainstream Industry propaganda.

‘Babies who have been identified as being at risk for vitamin K deficiency include those born to mothers who took drugs or antibiotics during pregnancy, premature babies and babies who are born cesarean. Mothers who had maternity diets low in high vitamin K foods or had diets that were low in fat have also been identified as being more likely to bear vitamin K deficient babies.’

I’ve encountered parents who claim their children are vaccine-free but for the Vitamin K shot. Such is another clear misconception parents have to begin addressing. This shot has its own inherent risks which place it in a similar category to all other early shots given to babies. Just say, “No thank you!”

Try to always find the optimal organic source which contains the given Vitamin in it’s natural form, and ensure that it is pure, without derivatives or chemical and/or synthetic additives. As an example Kale contains the optimal balance of Vitamins A, C, E & K – a powerhouse of antioxidants. In the case of your baby you can puree the vegetable enough to ensure it is palatable. If you have no alternative then choose a supplement that is proven to be 100% natural & organic; but again natural is superior.

Additionally the mother’s placenta & breast milk (Colostrum) are inextricably linked, providing a baby’s primary initial source of nourishment through the long journey of formation in utero; while supplying the basic building blocks of life necessary to guarantee a safe transition into early childhood development. Mothers to be are advised to store up on phytonutrients while your baby is in utero. Continue nourishing the immune system especially during the 1st year after your child is born. Remember mothers, you share the same immunity with your baby during the in the utero phase!

Phytonutrients work as antioxidants to disarm free radicals before they can damage DNA and cell membranes. Recent research indicates that the phytonutrients in vegetables like kale work at a much deeper level, signaling our genes to increase production of enzymes involved in detoxification, the cleansing process by which the body eliminates harmful compounds.
Kale is a rich source of organosulfur compounds, which have been shown to reduce the risk of many cancers, especially one of the most deadly forms, colon cancer; due to their unique role in blocking the growth of cancer cells and inducing cancer cell death (apoptosis). Organosulfur compounds known as glucosinolates are present in the cruciferous vegetables of the Brassica genus. These compounds are broken down into potent anticancer compounds called isothiocyanates in the body, which are powerful inducers of cancer-destroying enzymes & inhibitors of carcinogenesis.

‘The body does not readily utilise synthetic vitamins and minerals. The vitamin K administered by hospitals to newborns is the synthetic phytonadione. The natural forms of vitamin K that are found in many foods, particularly in vegetables such as collard greens, spinach, broccoli, asparagus, brussels sprouts and salad greens, are a different form – they are called phylloquinone or menaquinone. Certain bacteria in the intestinal tract also produce menaquinones.

Apart from its synthetic nature, it is based on plant Vitamin K and injected. The body utilises vitamins and minerals that are found in plants and creates the human form it needs, but this is after they go through the digestion process, which obviously does not occur with injections.’

“The Vitamin K shot has been linked to leukaemia, including acute lymphoblastic leukaemia, which is characterized by an increased number of white corpuscles in the blood, and accounts for about 85 percent of childhood leukaemia. Research carried out by Dr. Louise Parker, of the Sir James Spence Institute of Child Health in Newcastle upon Tyne, produced the most startling results. Dr. Louise Parker was quoted in the British Medical Journal in 1998 as stating, “It is not possible, on the basis of currently published evidence, to refute the suggestion that neonatal IM vitamin K administration increases the risk of early childhood leukemia.”

Vitamin K Vaccine: Package Insert –

AquaMEPHYTON injection is a yellow, sterile, aqueous colloidal solution of vitamin K1, with a pH of 5.0 to 7.0, available for injection by the intravenous, intramuscular, and subcutaneous routes. Each milliliter contains:
Phytonadione: 2 mg or 10 mg
Inactive ingredients:
Polyoxyethylated fatty acid derivative : 70 mg
Dextrose: 37.5 mg
Water for Injection, q.s: 1 mL
Added as preservative: Benzyl alcohol: 0.9%

‘Benzyl alcohol is used as a preservative. The problem with this compound is that young children cannot metabolise benzyl alcohol into hippuric acid using benzoic acid, which can result in an accumulation of chiefly benzoic acid. The side effects that have been described as a result of this substance accumulating in the central nervous system include metabolic acidosis, vasodilation, paralysis, epileptic seizures, respiratory depression and death.’

The European Directive “Excipients in the Label and Package leaflet of Medicinal Products for Human Use”, states the following with respect to the parenteral use of benzyl alcohol:

Exposure to less than 90 mg/kg/day:
“Must not be given to premature babies or neonates. May cause toxic reactions and allergic reactions in infants and children up to 3 years old.”

Exposure to more than 90 mg/kg/day:
“Must not be given to premature babies or neonates. due to the risk of fatal toxic reactions arising from exposure to benzyl alcohol in excess of 90 mg/kg/day, this product should not be used in infants and children up to 3 years old.”

Dr. Cees Vermeer PhD interviewed by Dr. Joseph Mercola

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Birth is From Her, For Her, By Her

It is true that our delicate hormonal balance, our psychological/emotional body, our spiritual/soulful body and our physical are playing a beautiful dance in birthing your child.

I love what she says above..."....,it is from her, for her, by her."

The hormone production is apparent with the large amounts of oxytocin (love hormone), endorphin, adrenaline, etc. production. They work harmoniously & release exactly when needed. Our spiritual selves recognize we know how to do this.

Our physical bodies are designed to do this & subconsciously repeat the mantra "We can do this. We are doing this." The interactions of the hormones, emotions & psychological aspects of birth are so deeply intertwined it's impossible to complete dissect each one to know it's part in the experience. Woman cry, yell out, sit still, feel peace, feel anger.... a wide range of emotional/psychological experience is taking place.

When properly cared for the physical body stays strong & powerful specifically when it might feel too hard or that she can't go on. There is this glorious moment in the labor process when a woman fully recognizes she alone is the one bringing her child into the world. That moment is at its peak usually in transition or beginning of the pushing phase. You tend to see the greatest intensity of this moment in first time moms. Until that moment, it seems a part of them believes all the people involved are bringing her baby earth side. Once that moment is fully processed, believed & understood, the phrase "I am woman hear me roar" has a whole new meaning. Another space in birth time I relish in as long as possible.

Leave Birth Alone

I know this quote can sound maybe a little harsh.  Unfortunately, in my eyes, it is the truth.  As long as we think birth is here to work merely around the care provider, we are on the same course we have been headed down for the last 50 years. Example: 32% c section rate nationwide and lots of complications caused by interventions which I won't delve into here. Since medical personnel have decided they need to control, manipulate, force or actually work against birth in whatever manner suits them or their schedules, birth has wrought against itself as mothers struggle to make their voices heard or take needed actions for positive change.

Birth can be exciting, rewarding, joyful, empowering, trans formative, etc....the list could go on. There are so many wonderful things birth can be and is for many woman and families.  If the set and setting of birth is presented and conditioned on those who are NOT the laboring woman, the experience follows suit such as being discouraging, depressing, dis empowering, overwhelming, awful, horrible....the list goes on as well.  With the outcome stated above, the care provider is, most likely, telling her exactly what to do and when to do it.  I struggle to imagine so many of our natural body functions happening in this manner.

Think of using the restroom.  This may be a crass example but birth truly can be no different.  Imagine if someone entered the room each time and told you exactly how to do it.  Or let you know how wrong you might be doing it. Or told you its too hard you can't do it and that you'll need some type of "help" to actually do it right.  Its appalling to think about.

What about the act of making love.  I'm now talking about the VERY act that creates the child in the first place.  Think about it.  Someone comes in from the very beginning. Explaining to you how to do it. Informing you of positions or ways that might be easier or better.  Or they let you know its just too hard and really any pleasure you might receive from it isn't going to happen anyway so you might as well just get into a certain position, utilize drugs, etc.  I could go on with the ridiculousness of this scenario.

Birth is a sacred, rite of passage that must happen by the woman and for her and her baby.  She has been gifted with all the needed know how to be a part of and experience the act of birth similar to each of the examples I stated above.  Low and behold, a woman doesn't really need someone telling her exactly how and when to give birth.  What she really does need is education and support to guide and mentor her on the path to what her body already knows how to naturally, effectively and safely do.

If you are a medical care provider and you are reading this, please don't be offended by what I say.  I recognize there is a time and a place for medical assistance in our birth world and HALLELUJAH that you are there to help.  My personal research says that is much less than we think it is.  My research also says that the less we manipulate, control and force birth with the use of medical interventions, especially on a low, risk healthy woman, the more likely her body will do EXACTLY what it already knows how to perfectly do.

Those care providers who are learning to understand the concept that when it comes to birth less is more, please keep practicing and applying this idea.  I promise you'll gain a renewed faith in woman and inherently birth itself.  There are those times and places where pro activity is vital for the safety of Mom and baby though my experience and research says those cases are few and far between.

As Karen Strange says in her NRP course, all care providers should know what normal, natural childbirth looks like to better understand what is a variation of normal or an actual complication.  Once you understand this completely, I believe you can move forward taking whatever measures might be needed, if any, and creating the blissful birth experience for all your clients to the best of your ability.

Ideal Birthing Positions

It is very unfortunate that we think a birthing woman should only be on her back to deliver her child.
This is the WORST position a woman can be in as it works against gravity. The effort of pushing is already intense. This makes this potentially overwhelming job much harder, longer and stimulates frustration for mother and care providers. That frustration and longer time frame, which usually causes fear for all involved, can then have the unwanted outcome of a c-section.

Lying down puts pressure and strain on the sacrum which can cause damage, bruising or pain after delivery. Sometime for months on end. This is called symphysis pubic dysfunction. That trauma can complicate future pregnancies with the weight of baby making carrying your baby quite uncomfortable or consistently painful.

In the lithotomy position, pressure added by a woman's legs being held back firmly and powerfully can result in excruciating postpartum Supra-pubic pain, difficulty walking where crutches or wheelchair use is required. Bladder dysfunction is a complication as well though more rare.

Ideal birth positions make all the difference in the safety of the perineum and pelvic floor. They allow the sacrum and coccyx the freedom to rotate fully and the rest of the pelvis to open while keeping contractions strong and close together.
Ideal birth positions are:

Hands and Knees
Sitting Positions
Upright or Standing
And my FAVORITE: Squatting

Choose a birthing positions that best supports the quality of your contractions while enhancing your ability to push. Education and support! It's all you need to create the IDEAL birth for you!

Disempowerment in Birth

Birth is a fully holistic experience where all aspects of ourselves are present, aware and involved in the process of pregnancy and giving birth. The actual "labor" and physical body is simply but a small part of the process as a whole. The body definitely works hard to do the strenuous work of bringing a new life earthside.

Let us remember though there is a psychological, emotional and spiritual facet of herself weaving themselves into the fibers and structures of each experience during childbirth. The emotional/psychological aspects are seen quite often from the very onset. I know once my first real intense contraction hits and I recognize birth is imminent, I sob for a good half hour. Honestly, I'm not even 100% sure why. I've always thought it was because I know the concentration and energy I'll have to put forth to help my infant come.

From my perspective as a midwife, the spiritual is present the whole time. Blissfully embracing each woman and unborn baby throughout the progression. Spirit seems to come and rest itself upon both mama and baby showing it's presence through prayer, support, comfort, caress, blessings, etc. There are a plethora of ways God shows up for each and every mother.
I'm passionate that to withdraw any or all of those 3 aspects from a mother and her experience denies her the full passion, pleasure and, most important, TRANSFORMATION that comes with birthing. When denied, a women leaves the intimacy her soul expected in despair and fear. She has been violated in the fortuity of participating with her whole self. THIS stimulates feelings of disempowerment. Only to leave her questioning how one of her most sacred spaces she was meant to be in had been taken from her.

Please know, I understand not all women necessarily care about what childbirth is like for them. But those woman who do, should be given the opportunity to find the wisdom in it. That can only happen as their care provider takes a integrated approach, honoring all parts of her throughout the course of it. This is vitally important if we as a society and community are EVER to bring birth back to what it really is.

Woman KNOW How to Birth

As a midwife, this ONE fact is absolutely true to me. Out of everything else I know about conception, pregnancy and birth, woman knowing that their bodies and babies are blessed with the ability (just like any other physiological function) to give birth is mandatory for a safe, ecstatic experience to take place . It's the fear, trauma, false beliefs, misunderstandings, misconceptions, untruths that are passed from generation to generation that prevent that from happening.

An AMAZING book I've read over and over is called "As a Man Thinketh." Thoughts are things and vital to our success in any endeavor we undertake. Mastering and disciplining our thoughts gives way to focus and clarity to be guided to help create whatever thing or experience your wanting to.

So believe then hope then have faith that our bodies CAN and WILL birth are babies naturally and safely. This process gives way to the blissful experience most pregnant mamas long for. Its our thoughts that will, inevitably, create FIRST what we think of birth. Its the stories we've been told.  The fear or concern that it stimulated within us.  Its our mothers, aunts, sisters, who share their birth experiences with us that will mold how we then go on to understand and incorporate birth into our psychological process.

If you've heard a story that was negative (which most passed stories about birth are), contemplate on that.  Recognize that person is NOT YOU and your experience doesn't have to be ANYTHING like theirs.  Its just a story.  Someone else's perception of what happened to them.  I recognize that there are those "scary" birth stories out there where someone's body couldn't do it or things didn't turn out as planned.  If we enter OUR experience believing first we don't know what we might experience, then we can have all kinds of open doors to help us educate and navigate exactly what it is we DO want and how to accomplish that.

You will hear me say over and over and over again that EDUCATION and SUPPORT are 2 of the most important factors in having a wonderful pregnancy and birth experience.  Its a rare woman that I meet that did everything she could.   She read books.  Took classes.  Talked with professionals of all kinds. Ate right.  Meditated. Exercised.  A woman that truly took great care and consideration of her thoughts, body, and spirit, that didn't end up with exactly what she hoped for and wanted in her delivery.

Ponder that. Its true. I promise the more you know, when it comes to birth, will absolutely help you find the belief, hope and faith that you can birth your baby safely and happily.

Choosing the Right Care Provider

What does that mean? If you are a healthy, low risk woman, WHY are you going to a high risk doctor for prenatal/postnatal care? It doesn't make sense. It is no different than a pediatrician babysitting a healthy 2 year old, as it says above!

There are actually 2 different schools of thought & professional care when it comes to midwifery. The medical model-which claims all pregnant mamas are a complication waiting to happen. That a woman's body is ill equipped to properly, effectively and safely birth a child. This model of care is complete hog wash. I ain't buying it. I've been to too many births & researched birth too much to ever believe it.

OR there is the midwifery model of care-which states that a woman's body can & does know VERY WELL how to birth a child & is actually created to do so. That it's a normal, physiological process of the human body & when given the proper care throughout conception, pregnancy & birth, the vast MAJORITY of the time it gets it right.

Birth is changing in America and its exciting to think midwifery care is exploding right now.  Women tend to be fed up with the highly controlled, grossly interventive medical care they've been receiving. I'm consistently amazed at how beautifully birth happens, with little to no complications or issues, when left undisturbed with the least amount of interventions possible.

Please understand, I am very grateful for OBGYN's and their specialized care for pregnant mamas in need. Thank God they know what they know and do what they do.  There are DEFINITELY those women who need more than a midwife and are truly high risk.  This is where these specialized skills can make all the difference in saving life of Mom's and babies. BUT......those woman that really do need that type of care are much fewer than we think. Fear, I believe, is the reason they choose the type of care providers they do.  

Unfortunately, a women who chooses a hospital, high intervention birth might inevitably end up with an outcome she didn't expect or want.  Only to go on glorifying a doctor who might have caused the problems in the first place.  Often, what we don't know, CAN actually hurt us.

Make sure you KNOW if you are low risk or high risk in your pregnancy.  This might navigate you to the proper care provider for you!

Birth Opens a Window

Birth is a miracle! Absolutely. No question. Once you've studied, researched and spent over half your life hoping to understand what birth is and how it works, you quickly and humbly realize there is something greater than ourselves in this fierce world around us.

Even with all our knowledge about birth, I believe we've hit a drop in the bucket of what birth really is. I accept the simple meeting of an egg & sperm creates the life of a child. Though, to me, It's so MUCH MORE than that!
If I ever questioned there was a God (which I have in the past), pregnancy and birth ALWAYS brings me back to the truth that there is. And His hand is in the organization and formation every step of the way!

To all you strong, empowering mamas: On those days you don't want to be pregnant. Or are dealing with morning sickness. Or are past your due date. Or are in labor and just feel too tired to keep going......Remember, you've helped create a MIRACLE! Life itself rests inside you. Coming back to a prayerful place of stillness on this subject makes it all WORTH IT! 

Parallels Between Making Love and Birthing

Birth can be orgasmic just as making love. It can be intense. Raw. Opening. Engaging. Filled with emotion. Passion. Love. Anger. Fierceness. A whole range of emotions, feelings & sensations is part of the birthing experience. Those things MUST & NEED to be expressed for many women in order to succeed at the goal at hand. Bringing their sweet little one into their arms. But, as Sarah says, first things first.

The way all those sensations & emotions release, as they should, is by creating the proper set & setting. Creating the stage by which the childbirth process can come to complete fruition. That means: the LEAST amount of stimulation possible to the cortex brain.

The limbic brain births our babies. Keeping the cortex brain quiet consists of: low lights, very quiet to no talking, candle light, peaceable space, less people. Think about it. Who do you invite in the bedroom while making love? You're searching for that same environment in striving to create the ideal birth experience for yourself & your baby.

Consider all of these factors when delving into what you want your birth experience to look like and how you want to create that.  It's probably the most important factor in giving birth.  The recognition that the environment, how and where you give birth, gives the largest credence to what exactly plays out and how it does so.

In Peace,


Remember Your Greatness

"Remember Your Greatness

Before you were born,

And were still too tiny for

The human eye to see,

You won the race for life

From among 250 million competitors.

And yet,

How fast you have forgotten

Your strength,

When your very existence

Is proof of your greatness.

You were born a winner,

A warrior,

One who defied the odds

By surviving the most gruesome

Battle of them all.

And now that you are a giant,

Why do you even doubt victory

Against smaller numbers,

And wider margins?

The only walls that exist,

Are those you have placed in your mind.

And whatever obstacles you conceive,

Exist only because you have forgotten.

What you have already


-Suzy Kassem, Rise Up and Salute the Sun: The Writings of Suzy Kassem

Birth is Jubilant

"A mother does not become pregnant in order to provide employment to medical people. Giving birth is in a static jubilant adventure not available to males. It is a woman's crowning creative experience of a lifetime."-John Stevenson

Birth is, in fact, an ecstatic experience where a woman moves from a maiden to a mother. This transformation starts with an opening of intensity & sensations unavailable at any other time in her life. And which the memory of will dissipate within days & weeks after. By finding peace within the experience, she walks through a door where sleeping bliss & joy has been residing. There is no other life experience like bringing a being you helped create & carry into the world. There's truly even no proper or concise description for it. That all being said, education, support & Spirit help facilitate the ecstatic-ness that inevitably comes when prepared. All you beautiful, abundant Mamas, do your part. As the Boy Scouts say: Be prepared. Read all the books & information available to you. Release fear. Open to all the possibilities birth brings. You'll be so happy you did. Even if all doesn't turned out as planned, you'll leave the situation awakened & enlightened to all the beauty & gifts that surround you because of the hard work & effort in behalf of you & your child.

Rebirthing Ourselves

"He allowed himself to be swayed by his conviction that human beings are not born once and for all on the day their mothers give birth to them, but that life obliges them over and over again to give birth to themselves." -Gabriel Garcia Marquez, Love in the Time of Cholera
We are graced by God & given the opportunity many, many times throughout our lives to shift, change & transform ourselves. What a blessing to search internally & pray for the betterment of who we are every day. This way we gain the reward of our efforts as self discipline grows. We pick ourselves up. Dust ourselves off & wade through our lives with an end goal of a perfect charity & love for ourselves & all our earthly brothers & sisters. One of working daily goals for finding happiness & peace.

Support From My Placenta Clients

HAPPY HALLOWEEN!  How lovely to get such kind words this morning! I'm so in love with what I do & here's part of why!  From a client who just posted this on FB:"I just go these cards in the mail from Rachel Shumway Talley. Placenta encapsulation was a complete game changer for me! Message me for info or this coupon. I'm not getting anything for this. I really just want others to experience how helpful it is, and this lady is the!"

Thank you, Miranda! I'm beyond grateful for these AMAZING woman I get to meet & work with almost every day! I almost can't believe some days that THIS is what I get to do for my living. ? I'm feeling so wonderfully blessed! If your interested in getting some coupons from me, please contact me & I'd LOVE to ship you some. If your pregnant and interested in placenta encapsulation, I'll give you the coupon price for Halloween.