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300w-ebphilosophyeasyBirth is a broad and open-minded philosophy of birth that believes that moms-to-be should be supported by both family and a network of experienced women who support the mom and help her implement her ideal birth experience.  easyBirths happen in homes, in hospital, in birthing centers, and in nature, and on a bed, squatting, or in a tub, or in any safe place or setting the mom-to-be desires.  easyBirth practitioners, whether midwives, doulas, doctors, or nurses, are medically trained inviduals who believe that mom is in charge, and their job is to facilitate the birth experience that mom wants, and to make it as "easy" as possible to realize.

Rather than develop a "birth plan," the easyBirth philosophy encourages each mom to create their own birth philosophy, and to secure buy-in to your philosophy from everyone on your birth team.  Below are some of the common beliefs about birth embraced by easyBirth clients and pracitioners.

helicopter-300wThere are more people alive today than have ever lived before in the history of the world, and sometimes, because the world moves so fast, we forget about how we got here.  In about the middle of the nineteenth century, doctors started performing hysterctomies as a way of treating "hysteria" in older women, and they started knocking out pregnant women with chloroform to ease the experience of childbirth. 

The modern natural childbirth movement was originally born out of the barbarism conducted in early hospital settings, eventually resulting in medical compromises known as the epidural and the birthing suite.

photo-string4-300wMost people are measured more by “when and where" we came into the world (our country, our zodiac sign, our age) than by anything else about our birth. Sometimes, how big we were, or whether we had hair, stand out.  easyBirth embraces the idea that the most important thing about the start of our lives is not WHEN it happened but the “story” of HOW it happened.

Frankly, a story about a violent medical event happening in a white room with beeping devices and metal probes attended by hurried men in white lab coats sounds more like something from an alien abduction movie than a birth story.

The most-often told story of a birth is the story of the birth of Jesus, and it is the humble scene that makes the story so important, a manger, a star in the sky, visits by humble kings and people working in nearby fields. Simplicity is the herald of great things. Births are not days on calendars, they are events marked on the hearts of everyone who attends or hears about them, and how we are born does effect who we become.

plan-300wEver since some guy invented the idea of a Birth Plan, women have been “making lists, checking them twice, and hoping their nurses are gonna be nice.”  And most of the time, those same birth plans end up abandoned, tossed out and laughed about later as events shift and slide in ways that no one could've expected.  Birth Plans don’t work. 

Create a Birth Philosophy instead, something that will guide you and your family in all of your decision making.

sick-dog-300wIn one of our childbirth classes, one of the fathers-to-be joked, "Pregnancy is a Sexually Transmitted Disease."  Some laughed, some winced, and his wife punched him on his upper arm.  And then we all thought, "wow, that's the problem; that's how the medical community sees it; that's how they classify pregnancy on websites; as a symptom and a diagnosable medical condition."

Pregnancy is unlike anything else that the body does.  Arguably, it is our most important function of our bodies, for without it our advanced reproductive capabilities, no one would exist.   That's what pregnancy is, "a capability" like the inately human ability to think through a problem -- creation is at the core of our creative power, and birth is the most celebrated event in society, not because it is a disease that you recover from, but because it is a very essense of our survival.