Sunrise Midwifery

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09/07/2021

Photos from POP Culture PUNCH's post

07/14/2021

"It was my idea to use fMRI and/or PET scanning to directly observe the effects of circumcision on the infant brain.

Analysis of the MRI data indicated that the surgery subjected the infant to significant trauma. The greatest changes occurred in the limbic system concentrating in the amygdala and in the frontal and temporal lobes.

A neurologist who saw the results postulated that the data indicated that #circumcision affected most intensely the portions of the victim’s brain associated with reasoning, perception and emotions.

Follow up tests on the infant one day, one week and one month after the surgery indicated that the child’s brain never returned to its baseline configuration. In other words, the evidence generated by this research indicated that the brain of the circumcised infant was permanently changed by the surgery." — Paul D. Tinari, PhD

http://www.DrMomma.org/2009/10/mri-studies-brain-permanently-altered.html

Photo origin: http://www.savingsons.org/2011/01/neonatal-circumcision-video-for.html

Saving Our Sons Community • Intact: Healthy, Happy, Whole • Medical Professionals for Ge***al Autonomy • The Intact Network • Keeping Future Sons Intact

07/13/2021

"I'm going to check you"⁠
"I'm just going to break your water" ⁠
"We're going to start an IV antibiotic" ⁠
"You really need to do this right now"⁠
“You’re not allowed to (walk around, eat, fill in the blank…)"⁠

None of these are examples of informed consent. ⁠
Informed consent is a legal, human, and ethical right - established by law.⁠

It’s a discussion that includes:⁠
1️⃣ risks (including future potential risks, i.e. repeat cesareans, post-episiotomy pain, impacting s*x life)⁠
2️⃣ benefits⁠
3️⃣ alternatives⁠

Informed consent also includes the right to INFORMED REFUSAL.⁠

That means you have a legal right to say NO at your birth to anything you believe is not in your and baby's best interest.⁠

Your voice counts and what you say matters.⁠

Being guilted into something or otherwise psychologically pressured is a violation of informed consent.⁠

But violations are common and accepted. It’s common for a practitioner to say something like: ‘a good mom would do this’ and ‘you wouldn’t want to harm your baby’ or “I know this is what you want, but my job is to look out for your baby.” Legally YOU are the one who gets to choose for you and baby and LEGALLY that should be without repercussions to you regardless of outcome. YOU get to make the risk-benefit analysis, but that means getting educated ahead of time. And that’s what I’m here to help you do.⁠

If you want to learn what your birth rights are, the difference between birth rights and hospital policy, and more on how to be your own advocate, I invite you to join my FREE #ideservebirthsupport pregnancy, birth, and postpartum course via the link in bio.⁠

Once you join, you'll have access to the previously recorded videos (including the one on advocacy), in addition to supplemental PDFs and guided videos - and all of the ongoing classes coming up, plus the ongoing weekly support group.⁠

Speaking up for ourselves, and speaking our truth makes a difference. It’s how every change in healthcare has actually occurred. And never doubt what s group of committed women can do!

07/06/2021

Realmente eres perfecta, no olvides que has dado vida 🥰

06/26/2021
Home Birth or Birth Center – What’s the Big Difference? | Sunrise Midwifery
05/04/2021
Home Birth or Birth Center – What’s the Big Difference? | Sunrise Midwifery

Home Birth or Birth Center – What’s the Big Difference? | Sunrise Midwifery

I’m often asked what’s the difference between a homebirth or birth center? Before we begin, I’d like to explain the difference between “in hospital” and “out of hospital” birth. In hospital, is just that…in a hospital. “Out of hospital” is birth that takes place anywhere other th...

05/03/2021
This is an adult uterus. It grows up to 3x its original during me********on. “When your baby reaches full term, your ute...
04/09/2021

This is an adult uterus. It grows up to 3x its original during me********on. “When your baby reaches full term, your uterus will be bigger than five times its original size with a capacity of 500 times more than before you conceived. It'll be 15 times heavier on its own without the baby and the placenta. After you give birth, the uterus immediately starts contracting to shrink itself. One week after delivery it'll weigh about 1.5 (680g) pounds but two weeks after birth it'll be down to 11 ounces (312g) . By the six week after pregnancy it'll be back to its pre-pregnancy weight of 2.5 ounces (71g).” Pregnancy-Info.net Isn’t that incredible! 😲 Such a small organ that literally populates the world.

This is an adult uterus. It grows up to 3x its original during me********on. “When your baby reaches full term, your uterus will be bigger than five times its original size with a capacity of 500 times more than before you conceived. It'll be 15 times heavier on its own without the baby and the placenta. After you give birth, the uterus immediately starts contracting to shrink itself. One week after delivery it'll weigh about 1.5 (680g) pounds but two weeks after birth it'll be down to 11 ounces (312g) . By the six week after pregnancy it'll be back to its pre-pregnancy weight of 2.5 ounces (71g).” Pregnancy-Info.net Isn’t that incredible! 😲 Such a small organ that literally populates the world.

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03/29/2021

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03/25/2021
South Carolina Bill Banning Trans Surgery for Minors Would Also Outlaw Circumcision If Passed As Written
03/24/2021
South Carolina Bill Banning Trans Surgery for Minors Would Also Outlaw Circumcision If Passed As Written

South Carolina Bill Banning Trans Surgery for Minors Would Also Outlaw Circumcision If Passed As Written

A proposed law in South Carolina would make it illegal to “remove any healthy or non-diseased body part or tissue” on minors A controversial bill proposed by a South Carolina Democrat would make it illegal for minors to alter or remove all or part of their ge****ls. While the bill […]

Photos from Sunrise Midwifery's post
12/29/2020

Photos from Sunrise Midwifery's post

Aviva Romm, MD
12/15/2020

Aviva Romm, MD

As the first round of COVID-19 vaccinations took place yesterday, many of you have reached out to ask my thoughts, so I wanted to take a moment to share what I know so far.⁠

There is a tremendous amount unknown about the virus, the cure, and even prevention. With a vaccine coming to market so quickly, there are inevitably uncertainties, including about safety and efficacy. As with all pharmaceuticals -- adverse effects often don’t come to light until post-market surveillance of many users over a length of time. Without being able to rely on years of clinical studies and longitudinal outcomes tracking there’s a lot we just don’t know at this time. Whether to receive this vaccine is a matter for deep personal consideration and decision-making, weighing personal concern and lifestyle, risks, and a very real and very serious global pandemic. Therefore, as with all vaccines, I do not share what I will do, or what I think you should do.⁠

For pregnant and breastfeeding mamas, however, the guidance is more clear.⁠

According to the Joint Committee on Vaccination and Immunisation (JCVI), “there are no data as yet on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines in pregnancy, either from human or animal studies. Given the lack of evidence, JCVI favours a precautionary approach, and does not currently advise COVID-19 vaccination in pregnancy.”⁠

For breastfeeding mamas, the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (RCOG) says that, “women who are breastfeeding are also currently advised not to have the vaccine”. Mamas at high risk - including frontline workers - are encouraged to consider the vaccine when they are done breastfeeding.⁠

ACOG recommends they not be withheld from pregnant or BF’ing women who meet criteria for vaccination based on benefits outweighing risks.

FDA cautions pregnant and breastfeeding moms against getting the vaccine due to lack of data.

As data evolves, I’ll update you.⁠ACOG recommends they not be withheld from pregnant or BF’ing women who meet criteria for vaccination based on benefits outweighing risks.

Both of these statements have been supported by the FDA that cautions pregnant and breastfeeding moms against getting the vaccine due to lack of data. As data evolves, I’ll update you.⁠

PS. This post is meant for your information and support - vaccine infighting, trolling, etc., will not be tolerated and any such posts - and those who post them - will be removed from this page. Please be respectful - these are scary and uncertain times, with tough decisions to make. This page is about education, community, and caring.

12/04/2020
Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories
11/21/2020

Monet Nicole - Birthing Stories

When you haven't quite realized that you have a lot more room outside of the womb...

This is such a cool depiction of what babies often look like inside!

Dilation pumpkins.  Happy Halloween!
10/04/2020

Dilation pumpkins. Happy Halloween!

09/08/2020
Aviva Romm, MD
08/26/2020

Aviva Romm, MD

I love how this mama is refueling! I have 4 kids. The youngest is 26. And I can STILL recall the first meal I had after each baby was born - ranging from rice cakes piled high with nut butter, raisins, and dried coconut for a snack, to homemade traditional Indian food brought to me by local families, to a macro meal of miso soup and veggies with noodles. And I remember how I ate every-single-bite! After I midwifed my DIL’s first (my oldest grandbaby) she downed a giant falafel sandwich - at midnight!⁠

Birth takes an enormous amount of energy - and also subsequently requires tissue repair - even with a completely natural and short birth. There’s squatting, walking, and the kind of mental focus that athletes will talk about spending a lifetime harnessing. And if you birth in hospital, chances are you weren’t ‘permitted’ to eat during labor - which may have lasted hours (or days!).⁠

By the time your baby is enjoying her first latch you might be what I call lumberjack level HUNGRY! So what does a good post-birth meal look like? Traditionally, meals contained warming and nourishing foods - usually with a combination of...⁠
🥜 protein (small amounts of chicken or eggs, or beans/legumes)⁠
🥑 fat (olive oil, ghee, coconut butter) carbohydrates (whole grains, winter squash, yams)⁠
🥕 veggies⁠

Protein helps with tissue repair and carbs and fats help increase your energy during recovery. Veggies provide the nutrients, like Vitamin C, that are restorative, promote collagen formation, and help repair tissue.⁠

Here are some examples of great meals to replenish and refuel post-birth:⁠
🔸 Homemade stew - chicken, veggie, or beef⁠
🔸 Steel cut oats + almond butter + fresh fruit ⁠
🔸 Veggie quiche + avocado ⁠
🔸 Chili + wholegrain bread + ghee⁠

What was your post-birth meal? What are your memories of that meal? The tastes, the smells, the feelings?⁠

And if you want to learn more about traditional postpartum care practices, check out my book, Natural Health After Birth! And join my free course full of postpartum healing tips: https://www.facebook.com/groups/ideservebirthsupport

📷: @dalijahamelia, regrammed from @weareamma

The Heart of Motherhood
08/24/2020

The Heart of Motherhood

"When you give birth, prepare to leave your dignity at the door"

NO! Just no.

Birth can be dignified. Birth doesn't have to be awful, traumatic and dehumanising. It's most certainly not shameful.

I've seen plenty of birthing women vomit, poo, sob, scream, groan and roar their way through labour. I have seen plenty of nudity, I've seen tousled hair and messy makeup, I've seen blood and sweat and tears. I have seen doctors and midwives perform examinations and stitch women up.

Never have I thought these things make birth "undignified" - they are simply RAW and POWERFUL in the most vulnerable way.

No, what makes a difference to how "dignified" or "undignified" birth is, is not the woman or the act of birth itself.

What makes a difference is how that woman is treated.

I see dignity when I see a midwife gently hold a mother's hair back as she vomits with each contraction, or places a cool wash cloth on her forehead.

I see dignity in the way a partner lovingly caresses their partner's back, or holds her face in their hands, or kisses her tenderly on her forehead.

I see dignity in the way a care provider quietly introduces themselves, and gently speaks to a woman between contractions, asking her permission for any checks/monitoring to be carried out and respecting her wishes.

I see dignity in the knowing glances and brief smiles between birth attendants as a mama powerfully roars and grunts her way through those final contractions, knowing baby is near.

I see dignity in the way a midwife or doula discreetly removes any poo (totally normal, people!!) as the baby makes room to be born, much of the time with the mama not even realising.

I see dignity when an anaesthetist whispers in a mama's ear, reassuring her that she hasn't failed.

I see dignity in the way the theatre room is quiet as baby is born, so that the first voices the baby hears are that of their parents.

I see dignity, when the woman is treated with respect, when she is treated as a human and not merely a "vessel".

So, do not expect us to lay down our dignity at the door. Instead, TREAT us with dignity and respect - blood, sweat, tears, poo, nudity and all. No matter how or where we birth. Allow us to be simultaneously vulnerable and powerful, and DIGNIFIED.

08/20/2020
The Warrior Within Birth Services
07/21/2020

The Warrior Within Birth Services

💫The toilet is dilation station💫
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🌟 You naturally relax your pelvic floor and perineum while sitting on a toilet
🌟 You are more used to being relaxed in the bathroom
🌟 You can turn the lights down and even straddle the toilet backwards to help make you more comfortable and relaxed (use pillows)
🌟 You are working with gravity
🌟 You are opening your pelvis, which gives baby lots of room to navigate through the birth canal
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📷: The Birth Butler

06/07/2020
All My Babies (Georgia Dept of Public Health, 1952)

All My Babies (Georgia Dept of Public Health, 1952)

This film features a middle-aged, experienced midwife named Mrs. Mary Cooley. Throughout the film, Mrs. Cooley helps two women, Ida and Marybell, throughout ...

06/04/2020
05/29/2020
How to turn a posterior baby

How to turn a posterior baby

Want to know how to turn a posterior baby? Or at least encourage them to turn? Learn what to do in the weeks leading up to birth and how to encourage baby to...

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