The Birth Center of Bloomington Normal | Xandra's Birth

32.7% : National C-Section Rate. 5.19% : Birth Center of Bloomington Normal C-Section Rate. Can you imagine choosing a birthing facility that has a 95% vaginal birth rate? GUYS. Peoria hospitals are around the 70% mark. 1/3 chance you will walk into UnityPoint or OSF pregnant and out with low transverse incision. One. In. Three.

Want the best options to achieve the vaginal delivery you’re hoping for? This is where you’ll find it. It’s worth the drive.

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Ode to The Baby Place | Pekin Memorial Hospital

This post contains the images of my last visit to The Baby Place. A beautiful birth that was everything Pekin Hospital was. I go into my own birth story here and how the closing of this labor and delivery ward has saddened me in the last months. I think of the nurses that were employed there often and I keep them close to my heart. Adieu.

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Do you REALLY know how babies are born? I bet you don't.

So you are having a baby… and you actually realized for the first time that you don’t ACTUALLY know how babies come out. I mean yeah, the cervix dilates to 10cm, you push and out comes a baby. Sure. That’s like saying to become a millionaire, you need only to save a million dollars. Turns out, there’s just a few more steps! So dive into this quick and easy breakdown of how babies come out. It might just help you have a better birth!

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5 Reasons to Plan an Active Birth

We all want the same thing: healthy mom and healthy baby. The road to getting there doesn’t matter, right? Turns out… maybe it does. Maybe it does a LOT. As mothers we have our ability to decrease the risks of medical interventions and cesarean deliveries by simply following our instincts, following how labor was practiced for generations before birth became a medical event controlled by men who sought to make it easier for birth attendants instead of easing the burden of a laboring mother.

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#ReproductiveJustice and Why It Matters | by Brittney Hogue Birth Photographer

#reproductivejustice is a movement that I wasn’t truly aware of until the last year. It wasn’t something that deeply affected me as it had others in my community. Take a look at this brief layout of why our births matter and how the US is making changes to support mothers and families.

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Using Emotional Support | 4 of 4 Ways to Encourage an Epidural Free Birth | by Doula + Birth Photographer Brittney Hogue

The final piece. The most important piece. This is the last of my four part series on building your epidural free birth toolkit! If you missed a piece, be sure to visit my blog for all the posts so you can have a great chance at watching your birth plan unfold exactly as you had hoped!

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