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Best of the Birth Blogs – Week Ending August 30th

Your weekly one-stop for highlights from the birth blogosphere. Visit weekly for the latest on childbirth, especially related to cesarean prevention, recovery, and VBAC. To nominate a blog post to be featured here, email me at

Gloria Lemay – Eating During the Birth Process: Many in the blogosphere commented this week on ACOG’s new recomendation stating that women should now be allowed to drink clear liquids during labor. Gloria discusses eating during labor, including her own experiences in labor and as a birth attendant. Bottom line, says Gloria: “I pity the powers that be at ACOG that they think they can make protocols, rules, and guidelines that will cover all births. A better goal would be to have clinicians who could think for themselves, distinguish complications from a normal birth, relax when things are taking a while, and really observe the consistently fascinating process of human birth.”

Florence dot com – Happy 21st Birthday, Margaret! Nurse Barbara Olson recalls the birth of her now 21-year-old daughter and how facing her fear of becoming a mother during labor helped her avoid a cesarean. Thanks to Reality Rounds for the original link.

VBACFacts – An OB You Like or who Makes you Feel Comfortable is Not Enough:Jen shares a poignant reminder (in the form of a letter from a woman to her OB) that liking our care providers personally is not what matters most. The bottom line, according to Jen: “It’s not enough that you feel comfortable with them.  They need to support VBAC.  They need to see the value in vaginal birth.”