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What Hospice/ Palliative Care Can Teach Us About Birth Care in the US

  “Yes, it can be sad and messy and powerful and  hard and normal and absurd and  everything in between.”- Zen Hospice Project website I’ve always felt that birth and death were very similar in many ways. If you believe in the concept of a soul or spirit, the idea that birth is a type of death and death is a type of birth … Read More What Hospice/ Palliative Care Can Teach Us About Birth Care in the US

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Water Birth and Legionnaires’ Disease

Last year, two babies in Arizona developed Legionnaires’ Disease after their mothers labored in birthing pools. Since then, I’ve seen parenting magazines and websites decrying water birth as dangerous and Legionnaires’ Disease as just one more piece of “proof”. These claims are not informed by current research or by the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists’ stance on water immersion during labor.  So, the … Read More Water Birth and Legionnaires’ Disease