Jasmine’s Story: What Are the Limits of “Normal Birth”?

What is a “normal” birth? While this birth was hands-off by medical standards, we used more interventions than usual. Did any of them make a difference? Maybe. Could we have done less? Probably. I realized that this amazing birth was normal. Beth had everything she needed to get her baby born in her own best way.

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About Author: Carol Gray

Carol Gray, Midwife, LMT, practices and teaches Perinatal Craniosacral Therapy in Portland, Oregon. Carol is especially passionate about getting CST skills into the hands of midwives and others who attend births and those who treat moms and babies. Carol has been a therapeutic bodyworker since 1990. She has attended births for more than 30 years—at first as a doula and since 2000 as a homebirth midwife. Carol is a pioneer, integrating CST into prenatal/postpartum care and the birthplace.

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About Author: Beth Yohalem-Ilsley

Beth Yohalem-Ilsley, MS, LAc, is a licensed acupuncturist practicing in North Portland, Oregon. She specializes in chronic pain and women’s health. She is also a research associate at the Oregon College of Oriental Medicine. She lives with her husband, baby daughter and a few cats.

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