Natural Mumma

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Natural Mumma

From the Natural Mumma blogI’m delighted to welcome the inspirational author and activist Thais Nye Derich to the site. Thais’s new memoir Second Chance: A Mother’s Quest for a Natural Birth after a Cesarean  offers an honest and encouraging look at vaginal birth after c-section. Thais’ work really resounds with me because it is all about listening to your instincts. Through her wonderful blog and her upcoming book, she informs and inspires women, helping them to feel in control during childbirth. Here she talks about the delivery of her first child, and how childbirth can be a journey of self-discovery. 

 

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Book Launch: My Talk

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Book Launch: My Talk

A beautiful night for a book launch party! 

If we're lucky there's a time in our lives when the injustices become as clear as water in a glass cup. We may have to suffer before we can see through the glass to the other side. When we heal from our suffering and can see the truth, the picture is as sharp as a digital photo on a hot day. Now we have the opportunity to make those injustices right and move society to a better place.

There are injustices in the birth room, I experienced some of those. I suffered, and I saw them as not only my own but as a societal problem. Now I have the opportunity to make things better. 

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Publication Day: My Wish

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Publication Day: My Wish

Today is the day my book is released! My story is not solely mine but yours. You will find bits of your own struggles and triumphs while reading mine. My wish is that all women, even those not planning to have any more children or at all, will find their way to my book and see how even the most basic right to control our body while pregnant and giving birth can be impacted by laws, culture, and external pressures. My wish for all women is that we support each other’s wishes even if they are not our own and that we stick to what we believe in and trust that we will find our way there. Thank you for purchasing my book and it is always helpful to authors if you wouldn’t mind leaving a review on Amazon. Here is the link: http://amzn.to/2poiLhl Warmly, Thais

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How To Avoid A Cesarean You Don't Want

I’m so grateful to BabyCenter for taking on this huge and extremely sensitive subject of cesarean. If you’re interested in supporting me somehow, please comment at the bottom of the article and/or share it from one of their social media links at the top of the article. Muchas Gracias! This has been a long time coming for me, so I’m thrilled to have it out in the world today! Happy Cesarean Awareness Month!

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Thais Interviews Toni Harman

So excited to have filmmaker Toni Harman coming to the International Cesarean Awareness Network’s (ICAN) Speaker Series. The date is set for November  21, 2013 @ 11am PST and 7pm UK Standard Time where Toni lives. To register, please email speakerhost (at) ican-online (dot) org (that’s me!). This speaker series is a membership benefit for ICAN members. Please join ICAN to attend this FREE event and support a “moms helping moms” organization all year long!

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The Perils of Writing Memoir

I'm so excited to have a writing piece of mine published with Literary Mama this morning. Would love your support with my writing passion. Please read and share! 

What do you do when your family is hurt by what you’ve written? Thais Derich shares her experience in this guest post.

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Speaking with Ina May Gaskin

Today is my big interview with Ina May Gaskin. My intension is to stay present and centered and to provide her with a safe place filled with love and kindness so that she feels comfortable to share honestly with moms who have had a previous cesarean.

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Literary Mama Accepts My Writing Piece For Publication. Coming July 22!

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Literary Mama Accepts My Writing Piece For Publication. Coming July 22!

So excited! Literary Mama, Winner of Writers Digest’s 101 Best Websites for Writers, has accepted a writing piece of mine. It will be published July 22. Great website for moms out there and even better for those moms who write! Thank you Elizabeth Stark for helping me get it to publishing quality, thank you to my family for putting up with me writing about them, and thank you to Karna Converse, Literary Mama Blog Editor, for publishing my piece.

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A Day With Joyce Maynard

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A Day With Joyce Maynard

I couldn’t remember if food was provided, so I packed an almond butter sandwich just in case. And then, I headed out on the curvy, redwood trimmed road up to Joyce’s house.  I parked where she recommended since there'd be a fire drill on her street that day. The dirt lot was many houses down the hill from her house. I saw cars pull up and stop around the same time. It was early Saturday morning so I presumed that they had come for the same workshop. But instead of waiting, asking to be sure, and awkwardly striking up sleepy conversation, I walked alone up the shaded road.

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Once a Cesarean Always a Not-By-Choice Cesarean

Make some noise before cesareans are the norm and VBACs disappear altogether.

Want to  take action ? Link to this article on your blog or Facebook page. 

Find out if any of your local hospitals has a VBAC ban and if it does, push it to reverse its ban.  Pressure your doctor or midwife to speak up for VBAC and for lowering the primary cesarean rate. Click on this link for ways to start making your views known to your elected officials. Or get  involved with your local ICAN chapter or other birth advocacy group.

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