Saturday, December 07, 2013
1. I have been pregnant 7 times, (possibly 8 times.)
2. Our first year in rural MO we were hauling wood and water (cause our well dried up) and I may have had a miscarriage. Usually, I know right away when I am expecting and since I had no signs, I am not certain what I passed was a baby. If not, I have no idea what else it could have been.
3. I love being pregnant. (But not enough to have more than 7!)
4. Seeing an expectant woman excites me - I want to photographer her, teach her, praise her, and care for her!
5. I have always dreamed of opening a center for expectant women where they can receive holistic care, garden, and have classes available in mothering arts.
6. I have never had a belly cast. I should trying doing this for someone!!
7. I had a blessingway during 3 of my pregnancies and consider them to be sacred, uplifting, and heartwarming experiences shared with special friends!! (A blessingway is different than a baby shower. The blessingway focuses on spiritual and emotional support of the pregnant woman. The gifts given are usually freezer meals, mementos, or something to inspire and uplift the woman.)
Saturday, April 27, 2013
Released April 30, 2013
A Mother's Worth: Celebrating Motherhood is a 36 page, full-color, picture gift book.
A mother's worth is calculated by the deposits of love exchanged between her and her children: Not by examining her bank account. Mothers do many jobs for their families that they are never paid for. Their reward is in the form of love, not money.
A Mother's Worth: Celebrating Motherhood is a touching book that honors motherhood with engaging, color photos depicting many of the jobs that mothers do for their families and many of the precious ways children reward their mothers.
The book allows for personalization with an inscription page and places for adhering personal photos.
Because breastfeeding is a natural part of mothering one photograph depicts an infant nursing. The book promotes nurturing, attachment-style parenting and ethnic diversity.
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Monday, January 21, 2013
I am the mother of 7 children that were all born naturally. The first two were born in the hospital with CNM's, the third was born at home with a lay midwife, and the last four born at home unassisted.
My first two births were scary and painful. I was able to give birth peacefully during my remaining 5 births because I studied natural childbirth more deeply and combined the natural childbirth information with biblical truths. I developed a Christ-Centered or Spirit-Led Childbirth philosophy of birth and began teaching couples in their homes.
I am also a trained doula and author of the soon to be published book, A Mother's Worth: Celebrating Motherhood.
I am offering a series of 4 1 to 1 1/2 hour sessions.
Cost: $25 per session. Additional sessions available if desired. Payment accepted via paypal. Contact me via email at mamabaig at yahoo.com if interested or FB message Susan via www.facebook.com/YOUniquebirth
Friday, November 16, 2012
With my first two hospital births I experienced serious pain and anguish. I realized after those births that I had been afraid of crowning. I believe this contributed to the pain.
The opposite of coached pushing it physiologic pushing. Rixa Freeze, author of the True Face of Birth blog writes this about pushing:
Monday, May 21, 2012
The "A Mother's Worth" Kickstarter fundraising campaign has been launched.
You can help me publish my first book with a pledge as little as $1. If
you can't pledge you can still help by sharing this page and
encouraging your friends to check out the campaign.
Please help spread the word about this inspirational picture book. http://www.kickstarter.com/
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A mother's worth is calculated by the deposits of love exchanged between her and her children: Not by examining her bank account.Feedback I have received from mothers who have read the book:
That was beautiful! R.B.
Beautiful gift Susan - thank you! L.G.
Beautiful! Thank you very much! J. L.
Awe, Susana! Well done. A. G.
So beautiful!! Absolutely loved it! C.K.
I loved it, thank you M.O.
This was awesome! B. V.
LOVE it! Thank you for the heartwarming thoughts V.H.
That was beautiful. B. L.
Beautifully said - and guess what! The things you highlighted are the actual "wealth" we get to take with us to our mansions on high! B. H.
I love it! J.J.
Beautiful concept. J.B.
Susana, it's beautiful, I love it! M.S.
Monday, September 05, 2011
Now he that planteth and he that watereth are one: and every man shall receive his own reward according to his own labour. 1 Cor. 3:8
This reminds me that childbirth is designed to unify a couple. Together they work with God to bring forth a child. The man plants the seed, the woman nurtures it in her womb. This continues through labor and birth where they work together in their own way to bring forth the child.
Per God's design, in the post-partum phase, the mother continues to nurture the child and the father must assume the role of provider. The woman becomes dependent upon the man's provisions as her main objective is not to participate in earning income, but rather to focus her energy on nurturing and nourishing the child for the first two years of life, ideally.
This concept is difficult to accept for many couples. Some women value their independence and may not want to give up their income and freedom. Men may not want the responsibility of being the sole provider. There may be a power struggle.
Recently an expectant co-worker told me that she wouldn't feel like she was doing her fair share if she were a stay-at-home mom and that the father of her child would feel the same way. She also expressed concern over his ability to provide for them, even though he had a good paying job, because of his spending habits.
Couples in Christ must recognize the benefits of God's plan. The two must learn to trust each other, have faith in God and accept their knew roles. They can learn from Christ's example of submission to the will of the Father, both understanding there are times and seasons for everything under the sun.
God's design is beautiful and purposeful and we are rewarded according to our own work.Click here to get Bible Inspiration For Pregnancy & Birth updates on your FB newsfeed.
Friday, June 17, 2011
Apparently, this is a new trend. A recent study published in the Journal of Obstetrics showed that increasingly women are foregoing childbirth classes and allowing their practitioner to make their decisions for them. Unsurprisingly, women who use a midwife are more apt to be informed about their options and the pro's and con's of birth practices.
Equally as unsettling as expectant women not studying childbirth for themselves, is that young obstetricians are more apt to prefer epidurals and c-sections than older doctors. If women don't study for themselves and they let the doctor have the reins they are setting themselves up for difficult experiences.
I have seen first hand the apathy that many women have toward childbirth study and planning on an epidural without knowing the risks.
For example, I asked a young woman who frequents the store I work at if she was planning a natural birth. She informed me that she was definitely planning on getting an epidural. I told her I was a mother of 7 and had given birth naturally and that I could teach her methods for dealing with the pain naturally. She declined.
The same story played out with another young woman. This woman was two weeks from her due date and I asked about her childbirth studies. She said she hadn't taken any childbirth class nor read anything about birth.
I pointed out that people have to study to drive a car, be shown how to use a microwave, and learn from a coach how to play baseball and childbirth isn't any different. She didn't budge: She was satisfied with her boyfriend's sister telling her what to expect.
A couple of months after my conversation with the first young woman I mentioned above, her boyfriend informed me that they had had their baby. I was very happy for them and after congratulating him I asked if she'd gotten through the birth without a c-section. He informed me that yes, she had. He then said, "The only thing is that she wasn't able to get the epidural when she wanted it, cause they made her wait, so she felt it all the whole time until the very end."
This is a perfect example of why women who are planning on getting an epidural should also study natural childbirth techniques. There are many reasons, besides waiting for either a woman to dilate to a certain point, or waiting for the anesthesiologist to arrive, that an epidural may not take the pain away.
Here are some helpful links that provide information on why expectant women should study natural childbirth even if they plan on an epidural.
5 Reasons to Learn Natural Childbirth Techniques by Jennifer Vanderlaan (Birthing Naturally.)
Discover Natural Alternatives To Epidurals a blogtalkradio interview conducted by Pastor Carla with a midwife.
Natural Birth vs. Medicated Birth by Brenda Lane mother and doula.
Tuesday, May 03, 2011
A VBAC After Placental Abruption & Vertical Scar
Bronwyn, an LDS mother of 4 children, converses with host, Susan Fierro-Baig, about the placental abruption she experienced during her third pregnancy, the emergency cesarean section that followed, the emotional trauma that ensued, and how she overcame the trauma through the Atonement of Jesus Christ.
Bronwyn also shares her victory over the vertical scar which makes a VBAC even more challenging and her son's miraculous recovery after being born premature at 26 weeks.
Read this post, Thoughts On Adversity & Expectations, (written 3 years ago on Spirit-Led Birth,) related to Bronwyn's experience.
Having A Supernatural Birth Experience
Host, Susan Fierro-Baig, discusses with Carrie, mother of 4 children, (3 living and one angel,) her birth experiences, the loss of her infant daughter, the impending birth of her son, and how her faith in Christ has impacted her journey.
A Born Again Doula
Doula, Shanon Purden, shares her call of being a Certifeid Birth Doula and a childbirth eduction advocate. She is a Born Again Christian, a mother of 2 children, and a Navy wife.
From Hospital To Unassisted Homebirth
An LDS couple share why, after two hospital births, they decided to birth thier next two children at home without medical assistance. They discuss how thier faith in the Lord impacted thier births.
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Jennifer McFarland is a Direct Entry Midwife, Certified Labor Doula, Certified Happiest Baby on the Block Instructor, Medical Assistant, Monitrice, Breastfeeding Supporter, and Certified Childbirth Educator (CIBI Imagery Birthing.) She provides prenatal care and facilitates homebirth and waterbirth for her clients in Northeastern Pennsylvania. Visit her website mybirthbydesign.com
Jennifer believes that birth is a very personal and spiritual experience, and respects the body's wisdom to do what it knows best. She happily serves women from all walks of life and in many different belief systems.Listen to our conversation and share it with your friends by searching for MamaBaig On The Air on Facebook, or through the Spirit-Led Childbearing page on Facebook.
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Friday, April 29, 2011
1) View natural childbirth videos, study the risks associated with epidurals and cesareans.
Listen to the blogtalk radio message Discover Natural Alternatives to Epidurals that Work.
2) As for pain in childbirth, I will share with you my beliefs. I consider it hard work and powerful. My two hospital births were overwhelmingly painful. I cried, wailed and was so afraid. But my five home births were NOT! I actually enjoyed them ALL!
The decision of location of birth and birth attendant is key to a natural birth and it is a decision that should be made after studying natural childbirth, home birth, Christ-centered childbirth (and even unassisted birth) then by pondering and praying. Let God direct you.
3) Study vertical birth. With my first home birth, when hard labor had begun, I thought, "Well, I guess I should lie down in bed." (Because that is what we all have been taught.) Well, I lied down and that REALLY hurt. So I got out of bed and that was the last time during that birth and all of my next 4 births that I ever lay down!!! Instead I spent my labors standing, swaying, kneeling and sitting (in the tub or on sheets on the floor, against the couch.)
4) Study vocalizing (not crying or screaming or saying negative things. But moaning, saying positive things.) This birth tool is amazingly helpful!!!
5) Use water.... hot bath, shower, hot towels on your lower back and perineum.
6) Use counter pressure. My husband applied counter pressure on my lower back/butt during 6 of my births. I don't walk during labor, I like to lean over the sink, or bed (while resting on a pillow, towel etc..) and sway my hips, (or get down on hands & knees,) and vocalize. Then my husband applies counter pressure. He is cued when my vocalizing begins.
7) Study the Scriptures. Apply your faith in God to childbearing. Believe that God created you to give birth and that faith in Jesus Christ overcomes fear which hinders labor and increases pain in birth. What we think we create! Study childbirth related scripture. The Bible is the best childbirth book!
8) Learn about releasing instead of pushing during labor. During birth I really try to go inward and think about releasing and trusting and listening and praying. I believe that Jesus Christ set the example for us when he said, "Not my will, but thine be done." To me this means that we are to not to try to control our birth, but rather release to it. When we do this, by faith, we do not fight our body, we work with it!
9) Limit bystanders at the birth. Realize that privacy is vital! During my home births, not having strangers watching me during labor & delivery, no wires connected to me and someone's hand up inside me checking me every so often transformed my births. I was free to make noise, move as I wanted, and focus inward without distraction. Try to accomplish this as much as possible in the hospital.
10) Last but not least, study fathers at birth. Invite your husband to be an integral part of your birth! Men want to be their wife's knight in shining armor. They don't want to see their wife suffer in birth! They are uncomfortable being mere bystanders. If they are uneducated, have no knowledge of how to help their wife, no "tools" for birth, they will demand their wife be given something, anything to take away the pain! But with most men, if they are informed, and taught how to assist their laboring wife, they will rise to the occasion and be rock that she needs him to be during her most powerful, yet vulnerable, moments.
11) I have come to realize after many years of advocating natural childbirth, that many women who desire a natural birth but are not able to have one, end up struggling with feelings of failure, anger, and other negative feelings about themselves and God. It is imperative that natural childbirth advocates and women who desire one, acknowledge that our bodies are in a fallen state here on earth, and though faith and our mental preparations increase the likelihood of having a natural birth, our bodies may not cooperate!! We may experience complications.
It is imperative that expectant women prepare for the possibility of a birth that is contrary to their plans and desires. Please do so by reading my article Thoughts on Adversity & Expectations.
Listen to my blogtalk radio interview with a woman who desired a natural birth but ended up having a placental abruption and a cesarean. She discusses her emotional trauma she experienced and how she overcame it.
Thursday, April 28, 2011
Not available on Amazon:
Born in Zion, Carol Balizet
Birth and the Dialogue of Love, Marilyn Moran
Choices in Childbirth: A Discerning Childbirth Guidebook for Christian Parents in the Making ( I was fortunate enough to be sent the original copy of A Discerning Childbirth by Pauline Dillard, many years ago. She also sent me a copy of one of her novels. I look forward to the new version of her book being completed.)