Recently, my husband was going through forgotten bins in our garage and found an old list of mine. There on the yellowed scratch pad, was my own handwriting titling the page “Things to do before Shelby arrives”. Shelby is my oldest child who is about to turn 11 years old. Near the very bottom of […]
A research study of nearly 17,000 planned home births finds home birth to have the following outcomes: Among 16,924 women who planned home births at the onset of labor, 89.1% gave birth at home. The majority of intrapartum transfers were for failure to progress, and only 4.5% of the total sample required oxytocin augmentation and/or […]
Quite a few new Alpha babies have landed in the past seven months! To start, my third child arrived in the end of June. He arrived peacefully, after a labor spent walking the mall with my sister and five of our children, and spent in my bedroom sanctuary, listening to worship music and my midwives’ […]
I coordinated a wedding this weekend for a dear friend. It’s not something I do on the frequent, but when I am asked to do it, I try to accept, especially when our stories are as interconnected as mine and the bride’s are. You see, I also had the privilege of attending her as a […]
According to a new article by author and expert Henci Goer for Lamaze’s research blog, Science and Sensibility, after looking at a new research study about why women receive cesarean sections, Goer concludes Whether Women Have Cesareans is Mostly Arbitrary. The mean cesarean rate among women overall was 33%. The World Health Organization holds thatcesarean […]
We took a tiny trip to the Tennessee Aquarium and IMAX last week. Simon’s favorite part of our trip was both aquariums (it’s broken into two separate buildings, river animals and ocean animals), and the IMAX movie. Olive can’t say, but I think the penguins captured her attention the longest, and the ability to stand […]
Today marks 24 weeks of pregnancy for our third child. When you round, it’s closer to 20 than to 30, but it’s closer to 40 than it is to 0. 16 weeks left, the app says. I always give or take two weeks, to get the due ‘window’ rather than ‘date,’ but oh boy! It […]
The newest Alpha baby, our blog, has landed. We hope to make this a space to share current birth and parenting information, as well as devotions and personal insights by yours truly, the Alpha instructors (of which there are now 10 of us!).