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Give up the world; give up self; finally, give up God.
Find god in rhododendrons and rocks,
passers-by, your cat.
Pare your beliefs, your absolutes.
Make it simple; make it clean.
No carry-on luggage allowed.
Examine all you have
with a loving and critical eye, then
throw away some more.
Repeat. Repeat.
Keep this and only this:
what your heart beats loudly for
what feels heavy and full in your gut.

There will only be one or two
things you will keep,
and they will fit lightly
in your pocket.

by Sheri Hostetler

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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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