Happy Healthy Child

March 27, 2014 by

HHC Fan Final

“I think a lot of young women today miss what a powerful thing birth is. It shapes you to your innermost core. However you go through birth, you are not the same as you were before. You are another self, so it’s really worth preparing for.”
– Ina May Gaskin (Happy Healthy Child)

If you are pregnant, hoping to become pregnant, or work in any capacity with parents-to-be, please check out Happy Healthy Child: A Holistic Approach, an exceptional new childbirth education DVD series.

This four-part series shares the wisdom, expertise and insights of more than 30 world-renowned OB/GYNs, midwives, pediatricians, scientists, psychologists, childbirth educators, sleep experts, lactation specialists and more. It provides the practical information and current scientific research you need in order to understand all of the options you have available during your pregnancy, birth and early parenting experience.

With skyrocketing cesarean section rates reaching between 30-50% in most major hospitals, infant and maternal mortality on the rise, and autism, obesity and other chronic health conditions reaching epidemic proportions in children, it is more important than ever that we understand that the way women care for themselves prenatally, the way babies enter this world and their earliest experiences have long-lasting implications on their happiness and health.

Unfortunately, today most expectant parents are not taking childbirth classes and many aren’t getting to the stack of books that they had planned to read. Sadly, many couples are entering this magical time in their lives feeling fearful and unprepared instead of confident, empowered and excited. And, many are not ending up with the experiences they had hoped for.

Happy Healthy Child shares the evidence-based research you need to help you make informed choices for yourself and your family. It will help you eliminate underlying anxieties, avoid unnecessary and unwanted interventions and feel prepared for this beautiful time in your life. You deserve to understand everything that is available to you! And, as one of the wonderful experts in this series says, “If you don’t know your options, you don’t have any.”

Featured experts include:
∗ Christiane Northrup, MD, internationally recognized authority in women’s health, a board certified OB/GYN and New York Times bestselling author.
∗ Ina May Gaskin, widely known as “the mother of authentic midwifery” and a practicing midwife for over 40 years.
∗ Bruce Lipton, PhD, stem cell biologist recognized as one of the leading voices in new biology and epigenetics.
∗ Bob Sears, MD, board-certified pediatrician and co-author of six books in the highly acclaimed Sears Parenting Library.

And many more…

Topics covered in the series include:
∗ Optimally caring for your baby within your womb (nutrition, stress management, beneficial modalities to support a healthy pregnancy)
∗ The best ways to prepare for your labor and birth
∗ Building your birth team (midwives, ob/gyns, doulas)
∗ Overcoming the intensity of labor
∗ Common interventions and how to avoid the unnecessary ones
∗ Taking care of your new baby (bonding, breastfeeding, infant sleep, etc.)

You will learn fascinating information such as:
∗ The #1 thing you can do during your pregnancy to improve your developing baby’s future intelligence
∗ What most women are encouraged to do in labor that triples their chances of having a cesarean section
∗ A scientifically proven way to decrease the length of your labor by 25%
∗ A widely touted parenting practice that science has proven can be damaging to your baby

Happy Healthy Child is a beautifully made series that I highly recommend to EVERYONE who is interested in humankind. Every pregnant woman and those who love her need to watch this amazingly beautiful and informative series!
– Dr. Christiane Northrup (MD, FACOG)

Knowledge is power and this unique series provides an unparalleled line up of experts and depth of topics covered. The hard work of researching and compiling the most crucial information has been done for you. And most importantly, in a time when parents are constantly encouraged to look to others for what is right for themselves and their families, the experts in this series share their expertise while reminding expectant couples to always listen to their most powerful parenting tool – their own intuition!

PURCHASE HERE and for this week only, Choices in Childbirth supporters will receive a 25% discount off the $89.95 price by using the Promo Code: CiC. Please don’t miss out AND 50% of the profits from your purchase will go to supporting CiC!

“This series is spectacular!” – Jeanne Ohm (Editor, Pathways to Family Wellness)

I have seen educational DVDs for four times the price which are not even half as good as this! As a childbirth educator, labor doula, prenatal yoga instructor, lactation specialist and La Leche League Leader, I am thrilled with this series! It is everything I want my clients to see, and saves me so much time and effort. Instead of providing documents, links and spending hours on instruction, couples can now hear it all from the best doctors, midwives and specialists in the field.
– Romy Rapoport (Childbirth Educator/Doula)

Frankly, since I’d already given birth twice by the time I watched the series, I didn’t think I’d want to sit through it all, but I was riveted! This DVD childbirth education course is FULL of good information for those who are seeking a low-intervention birth. Getting the birth we want is never a guaranteed thing but we can totally stack the odds in our favor.
– Heather Dessigner (Writer/researcher; Mommypotamus blog)

Happy Healthy Child is a fabulous resource. You would have to read more than 30 books and attend many workshops for this kind of content. This series is great for parents who do not have access to holistic childbirth classes. It is also a good way to involve your spouse without expecting them to do tons of reading. This would make a perfect baby shower gift. – Dr. Jill Craig (Chiropractor)

This video series is absolutely amazing!!! I am a holistic pediatrician and from a medical standpoint, it provides us with a wonderful array of practitioners and is so informative….no other video series compares! I would recommend this to all my patients.
– Diana Lopusny (Pediatrician)

Just wanted to drop you a quick note to say that we are LOVING these DVDs – they are life changing for first-time would-be parents like us. Not only have we completely changed our birth plan but it has been wonderful to see my husband (who won’t read any books on the subject) completely engrossed and unbelievably supportive of giving our little one the most natural, peaceful entry into this world possible. I cannot recommend the DVDs enough and I’m telling all my friends and anyone who will listen to buy them.
– Aneta R. (Mom-to-be)

To learn more about the series and to receive three FREE video chapter excerpts directly from the series, please visit www.happyhealthychild.com.

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NYC Maternity Care Access – What was your experience with childbirth?

March 25, 2014 by

Choices in Childbirth is evaluating how women’s needs are being met in their maternity care.  We are currently developing a report on access to doula care that can serve as a resource for families, health care providers, and advocates, and will be following this up by investigating women’s access to the midwifery model of care. We are asking both moms and doulas to share their experiences and voices with us.

Help us tell the story of what maternity care is really like for women across New York City!

Please fill out our online survey to share your experience and help improve care and options for all women across the City.

The survey will take about 20 minutes. If you need to take a break, you can complete the survey later as long as you use the same computer and browser.

Thank you in advance for your time and effort towards improving maternity care for all moms and babies in NYC!

~ Your Friends at Choices In Childbirth

Taking BoBB:CE to NJ High School Students

March 17, 2014 by

Friday, March 14

As proud as we are of the reach that The Business of Being Born: Classroom Edition has accomplished in two years, we also recognize some resistance on the part of professors, and particularly high school teachers, to use the film. Maybe there’s a feeling that they should be focusing more on pregnancy prevention at this age. Perhaps it’s the jam-packed curriculum they must get through within an academic year. Whatever the case may be, it’s thrilling to hear from teachers who value the message of the film and find ways to introduce it to their students.

Last Friday, March 14, Shana Stein and Anne Baney of Montclair High School in Montclair, NJ invited Choices in Childbirth to present this quick 30-minute film during 6th and 7th period as part of their Women’s History Month events. Ms. Stein is a Social Studies teacher and Ms. Baney an English teacher. The two teachers advise their school’s NOW (National Organization for Women) Club and asked four juniors and seniors from the club to introduce the film and the work that Choices in Childbirth does. Roughly 140 students and about a dozen teachers attended one of two screenings, some as part of their health class, others from physics, and a group of students from study hall.

This was no ordinary BoBB:CE screening, however. It was the largest high school screening we have ever had.

As I made my way up to the front of the auditorium Friday afternoon, I looked out onto the audience of mostly juniors and seniors, some obviously excited to see the film, others looking for any excuse to escape class for 45 minutes. The lights were dimmed, the soundtrack started rolling, and the students settled into their seats. I watched the expressions on their faces change from skeptics to discoverers as they witnessed three home births, one hospital birthing center birth, and a brief cesarean section. As the first baby was born in a bathtub, students whispered and laughed, clearly uncomfortable and unfamiliar with what had just unraveled. But it was the second birth in a birthing pool that elicited the gasps that make my job worth it. The woman labored silently, squatting and moving through her contractions, and with no more than a grunt she reached down and cradled her baby up to the surface of the water and smiled the truest, most sparkling smile. Ms. Stein jumped over to me in the back of the auditorium and explained, “They’ve never seen ANYTHING like that before!” which makes these students no different from most Americans… except that now they have. This birth was ordinary and extraordinary.

It’s incomprehensible for most high school students to imagine what normal birth looks like when the media portrays it as anything but normal. We live in an age when women are told they cannot manage birth on their own, and that it’s a medical process involving tools and technology and all-too-often surgery. The TV dramas about birth attract droves of teen viewers, so this messaging starts early. Unfortunately it isn’t until a woman chooses to have a baby that she and perhaps her partner seek out any education about their options. When we face the simple truth that this happens for most women when they’re just 4 or 5 weeks away from their due date, it’s easy to understand how the medicalization of birth perpetuates itself. We firmly believe the conversation about childbirth as part of the life span must begin earlier, and BoBB:CE is a terrific teaching tool.

The Montclair auditorium was electric during each of the film’s birth scenes. Students shoulders rocked as the women in labor rocked. Their jaws tensed as the womens’ bodies tensed. By the fourth and last birth, students were incredulous as the simplicity of normal, physiologic birth unfolded.

We know how damaging media portrayals of birth can be for young adults who are rightfully intimidated by the medical system. The old adage “If you can’t beat ‘em, join ‘em” was a driving force in creating BoBB:CE. We must awaken and flood students’ understanding of reproduction with positive media representations, making them see that birth can be healthy, safe, and satisfying.

– Clare Friedrich, BoBB:CE Program Manager