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http://www.theunnecesarean.com/blog/2010/1/18/us-department-of-defense-guide-to-emergency-childbirth.html

This is a recent post on one of my favorite birth activist blogs, The Unnecesarean.

Despite the fact that this guide was put out by our wonderful government over 30 years ago, this is actually an excellent resource for parents to be. Whether you want to be prepared for the worst, able to handle anything that comes your way or just researching for making your birth your own, this article has something to offer. Not only is this guide handy to have in case of an actual emergency, but it contains important information for preparing for a non-emergency birth as well. Specifically, the detailed information on each stage of labor and how to handle it. The medical community should duly note the do’s and don’ts. 😉
For parents-to-be, it is wise to know that first time mothers are often scared, tense and nervous (duh!), all of which slows the birth, but more importantly, fear and tension also makes the labor pain harder to handle, because these emotions disallow relaxation and fight the natural processes of the body (oh, there’s the kicker!).

Simply being well informed; knowing exactly what to expect, having some experience with the progression and time line of labor and being prepared for the sensations of birth enables mothers to relax and work with the body to have shorter, easier and less painful births.

So for the love of your health, your self and your unborn child, give this a read and see how the midwife model of care and hospital care compares.

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..is now halfway completed.  I have successfully started up a blog.  Now, the second half: Post regularly, meet people, learn stuff, conquer the world ermm I meant, conquer the worm composting bin.  Simple spelling error…. Yes, that’s it.

I do have more New Years Resolutions.  Ones that will also take time, effort and dedication.

I will eat less sugar.  I will eat more greens.  This is an ongoing mantra.  If I repeat it often enough and with enough gratitude, surely the universe will deliver.  That willpower thing, I keep working on it.

Despite ongoing struggles with my willpower, in 2009 I was able to lose over 30 pounds and keep it off.  I want to add to that this year, and I want more muscle tone.  Don’t we all?

Green smoothies are currently all the rage, but I have yet to make one that is as delicious as the enthusiasts make me believe.  Actually, I have yet to make one that is tolerable beyond a few sips.  So that is another resolution: Try to perfect a few green smoothies recipes and do it without the luxury of a vitamixer.

Most importantly, I want to have a real garden growing by this summer.  Not just chickens,  herbs and aloe.  I want my own pumpkin patch and an Autumn tomato orgy.  I want rabbits.  I want a cow.  Well, that will have to wait for a bigger yard.

What do you think?  Green smoothie recipes?  Easy exercise tips for the slightly lazy?

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