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Best of the Birth Blogs – Week Ending September 20th

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 blog@ican-online.org

The Well-Rounded Mama – Pregnancy and a HAES Crisis of Confidence: Kmom brings to light how even those who are ordinarily comfortable with their body size face increased anxiety during pregnancy due to lack of information, support, and “scare tactics” about obesity and pregnancy. Says Kmom, “It’s a natural reaction to all the years of propaganda we have heard about how unhealthy being fat is, about how dangerous all that weight is, yadda yadda. Then you add in the natural insecurities that go along with being pregnant for the first time, the media onslaught of negative stories about being fat and pregnant…..and it’s a potent recipe for doubts and worries, even in the most self-accepting, empowered woman.”

The Unnecessarian – Kanye West Internet Meme: VBAC Style: Thanks to Jill for the hilarious take on Kanye’s VMA tirade (pictured above).

Science & Sensibility – Straight to the Source: Andrea Lythgoe has started a series on deciphering the medical literature oft-quoted but seldom understood in the media. As Andrea puts it, “…all too often media reports of studies are based on a press release alone, and the reporters never see the real study. Press releases are written in a way to make headlines, not necessarily for complete accuracy, and reporters under a deadline don’t always do much more than use the facts in the press release.”

The Crafty Work At Home Mom – My Successful Hypnobabies VBA2C At A VBAC Banned Hospital: Mariana shares her experience of having a “banned” birth at a local hospital.