E-Mail 'What to Expect When You're Expecting … for Natural Parents' To A Friend Email a copy of 'What to Expect When You're Expecting … for Natural Parents' to a friend * Required Field Your Name: * Your E-Mail: * Your Remark: Friend's Name: * Separate multiple entries with a comma. Maximum 5 entries. Friend's E-Mail: * Separate multiple entries with a comma. Maximum 5 entries. Image Verification: * Loading ... 11 Responses to What to Expect When You’re Expecting … for Natural Parents Emily August 29, 2011 at 10:24 am While I was somehow eventually able to glean most of what you wrote in this post from various resources, it should would have been nice to have it all in one place at the time I was pregnant! Great ideas! Jennifer at Organic Baby University organicbabyu August 30, 2011 at 9:20 am I love this list!! So great for natural moms who are trying to figure out where to get started! I would love for pregnant women to know about our site as well for #21 reducing exposure to chemicals. We are the only site on the web dedicated to teaching pregnant women and new moms about the dangers of chemicals in everyday products and how to avoid them with fun, animated videos. I would love for you to check us out! We are totally comprehensive so you don’t have to visit a zillion sites to get the info. Thanks again for the blog! Will be sharing! Tabetha Smelser tabetha2005 August 30, 2011 at 12:04 pm Just beautiful information!!! We’re currently trying to get pregnant and I want to dive into this already!! 😀 Hannah Gardner hgardner16 August 31, 2011 at 8:19 pm My hubby and I have been doin #8 like crazy! Both of us are from families who pretty much circ, no questions asked, but I think we have decided to leave our son intact, if we have a boy. Erin Naumowicz at GreenKidsGuide.com greenkidsguide September 4, 2011 at 6:25 pm Oh how I wish I had found this list before getting sucked into so many other “what-to-expect” lists, registries, etc. when my kids were born. We definitely felt like pioneers finding our natural way in a sea of conventional naysayers. I will definitely share this with other new and expecting parents so they can benefit from it from the get-go! Ella September 20, 2011 at 12:31 pm Good article, but I’m disappointed that all the midwives are so busy in my area that even though I contacted them at 6 weeks pregnant, there are none available. It kind of sucks that this means I’m forced into going to a hospital! Dionna codenamemama September 20, 2011 at 1:39 pm Ella that IS disappointing – I wonder if you could a) put your name on a waiting list for them (they might get an opening if someone changes her mind); or b) ask them if they know of a midwife in a neighboring town who is willing to drive. Surely you can find a solution!! Congrats and good luck 🙂 Ella September 20, 2011 at 3:26 pm I have been trying these things, but it doesn’t look good. I think that some people are so adamantly supportive of home birth that they make a hospital birth seem like it’s destined to be nothing but torture and a really negative experience, and I felt for a bit like the whole idea of having a positive birth experience is now a write-off because I’m stuck in a hospital with doctors and none of the choices I thought I would have, but I’m trying to find positive stories about natural hospital births – maybe it’s not a lost cause. Dionna codenamemama September 20, 2011 at 3:33 pm It’s definitely not a lost cause!! You can have a positive birth in a hospital for sure. Here are a few relevant articles on NPN: http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/how-to-increase-your-chances-of-having-a-safe-natural-birth/ http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/five-ways-prepare-natural-birth/ http://naturalparentsnetwork.com/birth-center/ Also, feel free to post a question on the NPN FB wall – I’m sure lots of mamas can give you advice and wisdom about how to plan for a wonderful hospital birth 🙂 http://www.facebook.com/NaturalParentsNetwork Shannon Brazee July 5, 2012 at 8:04 pm Thanks for this list! I feel pretty excited for having come up with most of these (and having already done them) on my own, but it’s good for me to see that there’s still more I can do. Only about a month left and time to get back to work! Susan May 3, 2014 at 10:51 am I would add this: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PgkZf6jVdVg (learn the secret language of babies). Babies are born knowing how to communicate and everything that we can do to understand them is going to help a new parent to understand and meet their needs better. 🙂 I’d also add something about elimination communication to this list. Even if you don’t end up going ‘diaper free’ there are a lot of communication tips in the ec literature.