"When we try to pick out anything by itself, we find it hitched to everything else in the Universe." ~John Muir
"Birth Ecology" is a term I coined to describe my cutting-edge approach to pregnancy, birth, the postpartum period, and beyond. Ecology is the scientific study of how different parts of a system fit together, including all the living and non-living factors. I approach birth from an ecological perspective, incorporating what we know about how our environment impacts our health, how mind is connected to body, how pregnancy is connected to postpartum experience, how different members of the family affect the baby, how our microbial symbionts affect mental and physical health, how sleep affects how the body and mind function, and how birthing and child-rearing practices are influenced by history and culture. You see, the human body is an ecosystem if ever there was one. Yet medical practitioners do not receive any training in ecology, and so rarely have the skills to view human health from this perspective. I think this is an essential perspective to have when considering a human and her health, and I'm excited to share it with you.
For more details about how ecology relates to birth, click here. If you'd like to know how this ecologist ended up working in pre- and perinatal consulting, check out this blog post. Also take a look at my Mission Statement.