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Changing Birth in San Diego - One Family at a Time

San Diego Birth Network was established in 1993 as a Doula group. In 2009 we grew to become and all encompassing group of dedicated professionals that support mothers, babies, and families during the prenatal, birth and postpartum period. You will find here, Birth Doulas, Postpartum Doulas, Midwives, ObGyn's, Childbirth Educators, Osteopaths, Massage Theripsts, Lacation Specialists, Birth and Pregnancy Photography and much more. All of our providers are local and cover all of San Diego County, including Temecula.

Pregnancy, birth, and the postpartum period are milestone events in the continuum of life. These experiences profoundly affect women, babies, fathers, and families, and have important and long-lasting effects on society.Our mission is to create a place that allows families the confidence that the professionals listed believe in the normalcy of the birthing process and empower families with knowledge so that they can make educated decisions about their care.

Join us for our February Open House - Sex After Baby. 

When: Sunday, February 17, 2013, 2:30-4:30
Where: The Birth Education Center
             9845 Erma Rd, Ste 202
             San Diego, CA 92131
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Are you pregnant and worried about how your relationship will change? Did you have trouble connecting intimately after your baby was born? Has your libido disappeared? Have you and your partner been able to communicate effectively about what changes have taken place or do you just feel lost? Come bridge the gap in communication, nervousness and the mystery of what happens to our bodies and intimacy after the baby has arrived with our guest speaker Dr. Sayaka Adachi.


Dr. Sayaka Adachi is a San Diego-based sexologist, certified sex educator, and a Holistic Love, Life, Sex coach. She holds a Doctorate in Human Sexuality from The Institute for Advanced Studies of Human Sexuality is located in San Francisco. Dr. Sayaka works together with her husband(Nick Karras),coaching and teaching workshops, lecturing in universities internationally, as well as being part of the Orgasm Team at the San Diego Sexual Medicine with world famous Dr. Irwin Goldstein.

While practicing sexology, it became very evident to Dr. Sayaka that holistic happiness, including health, relational, spiritual, social, financial, and sexual alignment and fulfillment was the deepest desire for most people. What she loves the most is uplifting others in a friendly, compassionate yet honest and direct way while helping them be more authentically who they are and loving themselves. Dr. Sayaka loves teaching the “uncomfortable” subjects such as sexuality in a very approachable fun way with accurate information. 

Before we welcome our main presenter, we will be introducing local homebirth midwife Andrea Meyer BA, LM, CPM. We want the community to get to know our midwives, and you'll love hearing what she is up to at Andrea’s Midwifery Inc. Visit her at: andreasmidwiferysandiego.com to learn more! 

Listen to a Radio Interview on PregTastic that Doula Dawn did regarding cervical scar tissue.

In my first year of being a birth doula, I had this client. She desperately wanted a VBAC (vaginal birth after c-section). She told me how in her first birth that she was in labor for hours. Waters broken, Pitocin, epidural, tubes and wires coming from every direction. During her extremely long ordeal the only change to her cervix was the effacement (the thinning of the cervix). Her cervix never opened at all. I assumed at the time that this was because her baby was just not ready to come out. This time could and would be different. She would wait for labor to start. We would stay at home and labor where she was comfortable. When the day came, that is exactly what she did. Her labor seemed to be moving right along. When we got to the hospital I expected they would tell her that she was 4-5 cms. Instead what we got was, 100% effaced but only a finger tip dilated. I think I may have even gasped out loud. I immediately started beating myself up in my head. How could I have read her labor so wrong? 6 more hours would pass with her, her husband and I working hard. Moving from the birth ball to the shower and I swear every inch of that hospital room in between. After 6 hours, still a finger tip dilated. Obviously there is something wrong with her cervix, but what. No one seemed to know. Not the two different nurses that we had the pleasure of getting to know or the doctor who we saw just once when he was coming to explain that she would be having yet another c-section. This is one of those moments in my career that I really wish I knew then what I know now.

On Saturday, December 17th at 10am – 12pm, dozens of women, men and children gathered in front of Sharp Mary Birch Hospital for Women in a “Rally for Change”. In 1964 the national c-section rate was 6% ancover_lead_t245d the most recent numbers just released for 2010, the rate is 36%. “This means that more than 1 out of every 3 women is having major abdominal surgery in order to bring their child into the world” says Dawn Thompson of San Diego Birth Network. This peaceful rally is meant to help educate new mothers about the risk of both elective induction and elective c-section.

The rally for change is meant for the vast majority of the birthing female population that has normal healthy pregnancies. Dawn goes on to say “Women deserve evidence-based care that is based on scientific studies, not tradition or "doctor convenience" based care.”  The definition of Evidence based care is; the conscientious, explicit, and judicious use of current best evidence in making decisions about the care of individual patients. Many women are being told dubious things like; their baby is too big, pelvis too small, and low amniotic fluid, even after all of the studies have shown that the means in which they measure these things are grossly inaccurate. The greatest cause for induction, which 50% of time ends in c-section, is going past their due date. Most doctors do not support a women going past 41 weeks even though their own governing agency, ACOG, states that post dates is not until 42 weeks. Even more incredulous is that many inductions are happening before 39 weeks of pregnancy.

Ininduction Australia 25% of labours are induced. The most common reason for induction is a ‘prolonged pregnancy’. That’s an awful lot of babies outstaying their welcome and requiring eviction. I am not going to get stuck into the concept of a ‘due date’ and how accurate or not they are, otherwise this will be a very long post. I also think the EDD (estimated date of delivery) is here to stay – it is deeply embedded in our culture and health care system. You can read about the history of timelines in birth in my previous post. This post will focus on induction for prolonged pregnancy and the complexities of risk.

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