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Julep’s Water Birth at Home

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This is the story of my second child’s birth. My first son MaiTai was born three and a half years ago in a hospital. (I’ll share details of that tale in a future post).

***BEFORE YOU READ: Again, this is a birth story. If you’re not accustomed to reading real birth stories, are uncomfortable with images of birth-related nudity, or have a very particular definition of what’s TMI, you might consider skipping this post.***

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A “Birthday Candle” Cord Burning Ceremony

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Instead of cutting Julep’s umbilical cord we held a sacred severance ceremony, an ancient ritual that involves using flame to slowly burn the cord.

It was a beautiful and peaceful few minutes dedicated to Julep’s final step in the separation from his uterine life.

**All photos in this post credited to Stephanie Shirley Photography.**

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Julep’s First Latches

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Julep latched for the first time twenty-four minutes after he was born on April 28th. I remember the feeling was… beautiful. It felt right.

Memories of MaiTai’s first latch attempts in the hospital three and a half years ago came flooding back. Was I really doing this again? How lucky am I! And what work we have ahead of us…

Other details of the moment are all a blur now. I nursed this bright-eyed, alert baby on and off during my time on the bed right after birthing him in a pool several feet away.

*All photos credited to Stephanie Shirley Photography.*

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Maternity in Photos & Words

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“The life of a mother is the life of a child: you are two blossoms on a single branch.”

– Karen Maezen Miller

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Baby-Led Solids Pt. 3: Breastmilk, Safety & Special Situations

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HOW DOES B.L.W. WORK WITH BREASTFEEDING?

SAFETY TOPICS

SPECIAL SITUATIONS

BLW RESOURCES

**Catch up on Pt. 1 (What is BLW & When To Start) and Pt. 2 (Play With Your Food!)**

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Baby-Led Solids Pt. 2: Didn’t Your Mother Ever Tell You… Play With Your Food!

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BASIC IDEAS OF BABY-LED SOLIDS (BABY-LED WEANING/BLW)

WHY DITCH THE BLENDER, JAR, & SPOON ‘AIRPLANES’?

B.L.W. RESOURCES

**Catch up on Pt. 1 (When to Start) and check out Pt. 3 (Breastmilk, Safety, etc) next.**

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A Fully-Stocked Bar Pt. 3: Toxins vs. Good Factors in Human Breast Milk

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Photo Credit: Sugarsnap Photography

TOXINS

  • A Polluted World Affects All Kinds of Infant Feeding
  • Toxins In Human Breast Milk
  • How These Substances Reach the Milk

VISUAL AIDS: THE GOOD FACTORS

  • Immunologic Factors Over Time
  • Anti-Bacterial Factors
  • Anti-Viral Factors
  • Anti-Parasite Factors

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