Realities of Becoming a Birth Consumer

Realities of Becoming a Birth Consumer By Umm Layth The problem with learning about the many choices we have during labor and birth is actually finding care providers who will honor the ones we want to make. And when I say care providers, I don’t just mean doctors or midwives. I mean anyone and everyone who plays a part in the care we receive. For example, just this week I learned that my insurance company, which was chosen for me by the state I live in, doesn’t cover home births. I also learned that my particular state doesn’t allow free-standing [...]

Ten Interesting Facts About Newborns

I remember people telling me, “Enjoy the newborn period; it passes so quickly.”  With our babies changing so rapidly, we often forget or miss these little-known facts of infancy:   There is a “soft spot” in their skull that does not become solid until around two years of age.  This allows their head to mold when passing through the birth canal, thus allowing them to be born.   They are able to hear in the womb and they can recognize their parent’s voices at birth.   The average length of the umbilical cord is about 50 cm. This is just [...]