Childbirth “Humor”

Monty Python Birth Scene (from YouTube)

The Obstetrician Song (mp3)

Sexual Abuse History/Childbearing Women

Cookbooks and Recipes

Vegan with a Vengeance, by Isa Chandra Moskowitz



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James S. Turner, Esq.

James S. Turner, Esq. is the chair of Citizens for Health, a national nonprofit consumer advocacy group working to broaden health care options, create an integrative health system based on wellness, and advance the freedom to make health choices. One of the original Nader’s Raiders and long-time advocate of informed choice for safe food, drugs and other consumer products, he has authored two best-selling books, The Chemical Feast: The Nader Report on Food Protection at the Food and Drug Administration and Making Your Own Baby Food. As a partner in the Washington D.C. law firm of Swankin & Turner (organized in 1973), Jim represents businesses as well as individuals and consumer groups in a wide variety of regulatory matters concerning food, drug, health, environmental and product-safety matters. He has appeared before and/or advised the Food and Drug Administration, Environmental Protection Agency, Consumer Product Safety Commission and Federal Trade Commission, as well as the Department of Agriculture and the National Institutes of Health. He has served as Special Counsel to the Senate Select Committee on Food, Nutrition, and Health, and to the Senate Government Operations Subcommittee on Government Research. Jim helped organize the successful campaign to lobby Congress for passage of the Organic Food Production Act of 1990 and lead the legal team that in 1996 persuaded the FDA to reclassify acupuncture needles as safe and effective for legal U.S. importation and distribution. He is a graduate of the Moritz College of Law at The Ohio State University (1969), holds a B.A. in history and political science from Ohio State University College of Arts and Sciences (1962) and served as a gunnery and nuclear weapons handling officer on ships in the U.S. Navy from 1962 to 1966.

Jim’s Presentation:

Conscious Activism

Over the years, many activist templates have been developed in successful campaigns to influence social policy and public opinion. One of the most successful templates has been developed and utilized by James S. Turner, Esq. , one of the original Nader’s Raiders and author of The Chemical Feast: The Nader Report on Food Protection at the Food and Drug Administration (1970) , an example of the template, and Making Your Own Baby Food (1977), an integrated muckraking and activist self-help book for parents that draws on the template. The many successes that Jim has been involved in include passage of the Organic Food Protection Act of 1990, a four-year campaign on the dangers of artificial sweeteners (Nutrasweet, Saccharin, Aspartame, and Splenda), and the campaign to block Swine Flu vaccination (1976). He also led the legal and scientific team that persuaded the FDA to reclassify acupuncture needles as safe and effective for legal U.S. importation and distribution (1996).Learn to recognize the habitual structures in society which limit our ability to be effective, and the additional structures – often, if not usually overlooked -which enhance and empower effectiveness if you are congruent with their bedrock reality.  Explore the basis of and learn to use this activist template, the backbone of successful campaigns that resulted in intentional, positive social change.

The focus of this program is on the following:

  • How the habitual cultural structures have blocked marginalized groups from success over the years.
  • Five examples of how this process has been successfully applied and five campaigns that are currently facing similar challenges.
  • How you are grounded in conscious activism and how conscious activism is grounded in you.
  • Turning minority opinions into majority actions.
  • Practice, theory, strategies and tactics for: (1) the strong, adaptable and open-minded realist; (2) the stressed, burnt-out and overworked idealist and (3) the conscious pragmatist who skillfully integrates realism and idealism.
  • Introduction to a new modality for strategic planning that has been utilized in successful political campaigns and by others in need of identifying systemic strengths and weaknesses.

This program was originally offered as a 2.5 hour, invitation-only, highly-interactive online workshop for serious childbirth activists.   It has been cropped, but not fully edited, in order for observers to get the greatest benefit of Jim’s Turner’s workshop style.

Cost: $15.00

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificate of Completion (optional) : $7.50 (completion of post-session questionnaire required).  Click here for more information.

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Gloria Lemay

Gloria Lemay is a lecturer, midwifery educator and has been a birth attendant for 33 years, specializing in VBAC and waterbirth. In 2002, Lemay received the “Women’s Voice Award” from CHOICES Childbirth Education and Doula Services of Ontario for her service to women during the childbearing years. She was also nominated for the YWCA Woman of Distinction Award in 1997.  Lemay is an advisory board member of the International Cesarean Awareness Network (ICAN) and Intact America.  She is a contributing editor of Midwifery Today Magazine.    She resides in Vancouver, BC, Canada.  Visit her blog at

Gloria’s Website
Gloria’s Blog

Gloria’s Presentations:

Essentials of Maternal-Infant Care

A series of 12 online programs for professionals and students of all levels who wish to expand their knowledge and skills and to delve into issues that arise repeatedly in clinical practice.  Also valuable for parents who want to be fully informed about their choices in pregnancy and birth.

These resource-filled sessions are taught by one of the most passionate, committed childbirth educators in the world.  Don’t miss this opportunity to learn from Gloria Lemay in the comfort of your home.  Each session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per session.

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificates of Completion (optional) : $7.50 per session (completion of post-session questionnaire required).  Click here for more information.

Nutrition for Two. Women want to feed themselves and their babies in utero well, and they often make lifestyle changes in pregnancy that they would not have the discipline to make if they were not pregnant. This presentation focuses on how to help women achieve excellent nutrition through fun, inspiring and effective coaching.

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The Well Woman Check Up.  What is the experienced care provider looking for when she’s doing those urine strips, palpating the uterus and taking blood pressure/pulse? This presentation dissects the prenatal checkup and explores the rationale behind each routine test.


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Prenatal Diagnostic Tests. As the number of possible prenatal tests continues to climb, care providers must be able to discern which ones will lead to productive action and which ones will only worry and detract from the woman’s pregnancy experience. This presentation enables participants to better advocate for their clients by articulating which prenatal diagnostic tests are reasonable, and which tests can cause more harm than good.


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Medical Terminology. The keys to the obstetric kingdom lie in the language. Learning medical prefixes, suffixes and root words will give you the tools to interpret the language. You’ll be able to use extra long, impressive words like “neurofibromatosis” in no time, and have fun doing it!


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Induction of Birth. If only one change happened in North America – the end of 41 week inductions – the cesarean rate would immediately drop. This workshop will explore the history, the misinformation campaign, and the tools needed to end the routine practice of labor inductions.


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Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension. Most prenatal care is designed to identify the small number of pregnant women who will develop Pregnancy-Induced Hypertension. This condition can be prevented and treated. In this workshop, we will discuss how the diagnosis is made, how to identify the symptoms in the early stages, and which clients are at risk.


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Gestational Diabetes. Because gestational diabetes can be deadly, it is critical that care providers understand it, and know which women are at risk. This workshop will provide valuable insight and information about how to screen for and help prevent this condition.


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Herpes Simplex II. One in five North American adults has Herpes Simplex II. After attending this workshop, care providers will know how to care for women with this condition, assuring that every woman they care for is healthy and lesion-free on the day of birth.


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Water Birth & Lotus Birth. The most exciting ideas in obstetrics come from the women themselves. Water Birth and Lotus Birth are grass roots innovations that have endured for decades. When your clients have questions about these practices, you’ll be ready with answers that address the safety and beauty of these birth innovations.


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Vaginal Birth after Cesarean (VBAC). The VBAC client will have emotions and fears about giving birth that are justifiably heightened. She and her partner will require more time and patience than your other clients. This workshop will focus on advanced planning techniques for changing psychological patterns in the mother and father, and tips for avoiding pitfalls and safely supporting families through this most satisfying and empowering of childbirth experiences.


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Pediatric Exam of the Newborn. Knowing what the midwife or pediatrician is looking for in the examination of a newborn will enhance your ability to assist with the care of the baby after the immediate post partum period. In this workshop, you will learn to distinguish between normal parental concerns, (e.g., “Is it normal for the baby to turn bright red?”) and signs that the baby should be seen in a hospital emergency ward (e.g., “The baby isn’t feeding and seems lethargic”).


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Business Promotion and Professionalism. Prosperity and business responsibility are matters of integrity. Let’s marry your spiritual calling with the practical reality of paying bills and building a business. This workshop is a realistic and practical guide to the entrepreneurial side of caring for others.  Although the focus will be on the birth business, this ideas raised in this session will be applicable to all care providers.


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Tedd Koren, D.C.

Tedd Koren, D.C. is the most widely read contemporary authority on chiropractic topics, with patient education materials published and licensed for distribution in the United States, Australia, the United Kingdom, Canada, and Japan. He is the author of Chiropractic: Bringing Out The Best In You! , Chiropractic Wellness and Childhood Vaccinations: Questions All Parents Should Ask. He is a contributor to numerous chiropractic and bio-medical publications.

In 1995 the U. S Federal Trade Commission tried to prevent Tedd from writing and publishing about chiropractic and alternative health care. In the 6 ½- year legal battle that followed, he and the Washington, D.C. law firm of Swankin & Turner, under the direction of Jim Turner, Esq., succeeded in thwarting the FTC attack on chiropractic education. Emerging from this fight more determined than ever to promote health care freedom, Tedd went on to co-found the Foundation for Health Choice which is devoted to ensuring that providers and patients have an open, free market for health care. He also established an extremely successful holistically oriented health center in Philadelphia, has written extensively for Koren Publications and produced and hosted a popular weekly two-hour call-in show, “Holistic Hotline,” on commercial radio.

A native of Brooklyn, New York, and a graduate of the University of Miami and the Sherman College of Chiropractic in Spartanburg, S.C., Tedd was instrumental in founding the Philadelphia-based Pennsylvania College of Chiropractic in 1978, where he taught histology, neurology and chiropractic adjusting techniques. Tedd lives in Montgomery County, Pennsylvania with his wife Beth and children Seth and Shayna. He currently devotes himself to writing, lecturing and doing research, as well as maintaining a private practice.

Tedd’s Presentations:

Childhood Vaccination: Questions All Parents Should Ask

The issue of childhood vaccinations is quickly becoming “the” health issue of the 21st century.  As the number of children with autism, juvenile diabetes, allergies, asthma, learning disorders, ADD/ADHD and other chronic illnesses reaches epidemic proportions, parents (and scientists) are becoming increasingly concerned and critical of childhood vaccination. Members of the general public are asking questions that need answers.This three-part series, led by Tedd Koren, D.C., explores some of the basic vaccination questions drawing from a wide variety of sources based on empirical clinical findings, U.S. government reports and articles published in biomedical journals – among others.

Each session is 90 minutes in length.

Cost: $7.50 per session.

Continuing Education Units available for some professionals.  Certificates of Completion (optional) : $5 per session (completion of post-session questionnaire required).  Click here for more information.

Part I: Myths vs. Realities
This workshop explores common misconceptions regarding vaccination efficacy, and how tests are conducted to determine vaccine safety.  Questions addressed include:

  • What are the present legal requirements for mandatory vaccinations?
  • How effective are vaccinations?
  • Are vaccinated children healthier than non-vaccinated children?
  • Are vaccines safe? Do the benefits of vaccination outweigh the risks?
  • How is vaccine research conducted? How thoroughly are vaccines tested? How long are test children observed?
  • What is congenital rubella syndrome? Does the rubella vaccine prevent it?
  • Do vaccines cause meningitis?

Tedd also discusses transplacental immunity and how it relates to current vaccination practices.


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Part II:  The Shots
Many parents still consent to routine vaccinations – believing that the “removal” of thimerisol (mercury) has taken away the major risks associated with the vaccines – without considering whether vaccines contain other toxic ingredients and what their potential side effects may be. This workshop focuses on the following questions:

  • What’s in a vaccine?
  • Are there benefits to infectious diseases of childhood?
  • What is herd immunity?

This workshop explores the controversial research on SIDS and vaccinations, the relationship between polio vaccine and cancer, and whether or not polio has disappeared as a result of the vaccine.  Epidemiology of childhood diseases, mortality and morbidity, and the Hygienic school of disease is also addressed.


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Part III:  Risk and Conflict
This workshop involves an exploration of Juvenile diabetes, Crohn’s disease, autism, post-encephalitic syndrome and a multitude of other chronic diseases and conditions that are associated with vaccinations.  The focus is on how conflicts of interest have played a significant role in the introduction and proliferation of unnecessary and harmful vaccinations into state immunization requirements and ultimately – into your child’s body.

This workshop concludes with a discussion of the age old debate between expressive and suppressive healthcare.


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Cesarean Prevention and VBAC Support

Books and Online Resources

  • Cesarean Voices (an International Caesarean Awareness Network publication)
  • Wainer, Nancy, Silent Knife: Cesarean Prevention and Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC)
  • Wainer, Nancy, Open Season: A Survival Guide for Natural Childbirth and VBAC in the 90s
  • The International Caesarean Awareness Network (ICAN)
  • Online support groups through ICAN and Shanon Mitchell’s Birth After Cesarean website. 

    Definition of VBAC

  • Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (this term was coined by Nancy Wainer in the early 1980s)
  • Very Beautiful And Courageous (adapted by Gloria Lemay in the 2000s) 

    by Gloria Lemay

    1 nice, well behaved woman
    1 impatient obstetrician
    ½ doula
    Minced birth plan
    2 tsp prostaglandin gel
    2 tbsp pitocin (do not use the authentic oxytocin)

    Mix together slowly, monitoring as you go along. Once pain is intolerable, add 1 generous epidural (to freeze the well behaved woman from her breasts to her toes. )  Check with an ice cube for sensation. This epidural will be helpful in the cutting process to follow.

    An external fetal monitor and contraction belt will help to move the process along. Once distress is induced in the inner cavity of the well-behaved woman, an amni hook can be used to puncture the protective lining. Some cooks prefer to insert a spiral screw into the scalp of the infant within the cavity to insure a certain outcome.

    When it comes time to insert a knife, have all gadgets and implements for removing the infant at hand. Cover well behaved woman with green cloths and screens exposing only a small strip of belly area.

    Watch the finished product carefully for several hours after completion of the cesarean section to make sure that the recipe has performed as promised.



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