Pregnancy & Birth Articles

A Woman’s Alchemy

Since the publication of my book, The Valley Spirit, many things have evolved in my life. Some of the dilemmas I faced at that time have now been resolved and borne fruit. The most pivotal changes have been becoming a wife and mother, sacred roles...

Chiropractic for Mom and Baby

Jackie really wanted her pregnancy to go smoothly and comfortably. Her first pregnancy, five years before, was challenged with horrible sciatica, along with anxiety and high blood pressure. That last condition led to an unwanted induction after her...

Laying the Groundwork: Five Reasons Why Your Birth Can Affect Your Baby and Your Parenting

When I meet a new mom, dad, and baby for the first time at a consultation for colic and sleep, I always open with the same topic: “Tell me about your birth.” Mostly my request is met with confusion, wrinkled eyebrows, and exchanged curious...

Breech Birth is Normal

The transition from maiden to mother is the most transformative and sacred journey I have ever taken. It’s the ultimate form of shapeshifting. I was reborn after the birth of my son, Rayan. I remember telling my midwife, “If I can do this, I can do...

Secret Sensation Time: How to Have a Great Birth, Especially VBAC

I wanted to write to those of you who are pregnant to tell you something that has been running through my mind all day about how you can be successful with your VBAC births. Many births begin in the night: The woman will get up to pee, feel her...

Also labeled: Author Gloria Lemay, Issue #61

Unlearning What We’ve Learned

To Give Birth, Women have to Let Go of Life’s Bad LessonsWhen pregnant women are induced routinely before 42 weeks of pregnancy, babies learn they have to dance to someone else’s tune, rather than following their own music and time of...

Home Sweet Homebirth

There is an overwhelming cultural belief in the United States that hospitals are the safest place to give birth, regardless of the extensive scientific data that suggests otherwise. Numerous studies around the world have documented the safety of...

Purpose of Chiropractic Care in Pregnancy

Clarity on the Webster Technique in Pregnancy With the intent of supporting natural childbirth in the mid 1980s, Larry Webster, D.C., developed a chiropractic adjustment now called the Webster technique. The first and most significant...

Actually, It Does Matter How You Give Birth

Whenever people discuss C-sections and natural childbirth, one well- meaning sentiment always rises from the fray: It doesn’t matter how you give birth, as long as your baby comes out healthy. I appreciate people wanting to remove...

Induction

Will the baby outgrow the pelvis before she births? What do we risk by choosing to induce?The ARRIVE trial is the capstone of a decades-long effort to demonstrate that awaiting labor has no benefits and that inducing labor doesn’t...

The Forgotten

Wow! It’s real! The test turned blue. The plus sign appeared. No questions. You are pregnant. Now the fun starts. The planning, the picking of names, baby clothes, diapers, wipes, and birth plans. Will you give birth at home? In a hospital?...

The Real Causes of Birth Trauma

A study indicates 1 in 13 women experiences PTSD after childbirth. Why are we being told that it’s the mother’s fault?There has been increasing awareness about childbirth-related post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). Several years ago, the...

Birth Pause

Having a powerful birth is not about sticking someone in a tub, lowering the lights, and playing peaceful music. Establishing conditions that nourish hormone flow certainly helps. But birth is a rite of passage we need to take personal...

A Tale of Two Births: How Chiropractic Reshaped How I Birth

Leading up to my first birth, I had obstetric care until I was 34 weeks. My obstetrician told me I would be induced two weeks early, for no reason other than he felt it was best, so I transferred care to a group of midwives. Overnight, it seemed, I...

What About the Baby?: The Dynamics of a Normal and Healthy Birth

On the physical level, birth happens naturally by a complex series of biological events believed to be initiated by the baby. When baby is ready, it is her biological priority to navigate down the birth canal with help from the contractions of the...

Birth, Baby, and Breastfeeding

In a typical C-section, a small incision is made in the mom’s abdomen and the doctor, hands around baby’s neck, pulls upward and maneuvers the baby out. This is how one out of every three babies in the United States enters the world. This is how Owe...

Time to Opt Out

It was the stopwatch on the wall that did it. The colorful paint and framed pastel prints nearby tried to hide its conspicuousness, but it was there: red neon digits glowing like the timer at an NBA basketball game. I asked the hospital tour guide...

Creating Sacred Space for Birthing

We are the guardians of the most sacred moment in the lives of women and their families, with implications for the long-term health of both. It’s a moment when nine months of hopes, anxiety, planning, purchasing, celebrating, putting up with being...

A Community for Parents

Pathways ConnectTo prepare for the birth of my first child, I was blessed with a community of supportive, like-minded mothers while in chiropractic school. When my husband and I moved away and had our second child, I realized how amazing...

The Beauty of Fathering During Pregnancy: What Babies are Teaching Us

Our core understandings of babies and early human experience are in the midst of a fundamental paradigm shift. In my article “Consciousness at the Beginning of Life,” published in the previous issue of Pathways [Issue 57, Spring 2018], I...