Drawing of a birth by the author’s then four-year-old son—complete with mother, baby, and the placenta in a bowl (lower right).
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In telling the story of witnessing of a friend’s two similar yet different births, Remer explores how a care provider’s attitudes and beliefs about birth can affect their interactions with the laboring mother, and in turn affect her experience of the birth.
About Author: Molly Remer
Molly Remer, MSW, ICCE, is a certified birth educator, writer and activist. She is a breastfeeding counselor, editor of the Friends of Missouri Midwives newsletter, and a professor of human services. She has two wonderful sons, Lann, 7, and Zander, 5, and a delightful infant daughter, Alaina. Molly lives in central Missouri and blogs about birth, midwifery and miscarriage at talkbirth.me/. View all posts by Molly Remer