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Last Saturday I had a blast being part of the taping of the webcast Mommy Talk Show at Green Mosaics in Decatur. Episodes will air every Tuesday and Saturday for the next few weeks, so you can watch it in segments when you like. I talked about several embarrassing topics that I really didn’t mean to bring up (not surprising, right?–apparently this blog is giving me a bad habit of TMI), but it was still fun. I feel like I outed myself as a super-crunchy hippie, even though I’m really not (I mean, it’s not like I live in a cob house or anything. That’s still a pipe dream).

Today’s episode, however, is just an introduction, so it’s short and not embarrassing at all. I even think my belly looks cute in it (thanks for the good camera work!). So you should watch it just for that.

In the meantime, I’m going to go ahead and announce something I’ve been working on for a while now. I think I talked about it on the show, but I don’t know which episode it will be on. So I’ll tell you here first: I’m working on an ebook. Actually a series of ebooks. This goes along with what is apparently my idea of nesting this time around (I’m referring to #5 ). I make no promises at this point, because, you know, in two months I’m going to have a newborn, and what’s the point of working for yourself if you don’t have the right to change your own deadlines? But my intention right now is to have the first ebook (actually it’ll be more of a booklet) finished and available for your reading pleasure before the baby comes. The title will be Atlanta Moms’ Guide to Green, and each booklet in the series will focus on a different aspect of how you can live green in Atlanta. The first one will be about natural childbirth. Right now I’m working on compiling information and statistics from every hospital in Atlanta such as routine procedures and statistics on different interventions and practices. I’d also like to include personal stories of experiences at different hospitals, so if you want to share your birth experience (good or bad) at an Atlanta hospital, let me know! The book will include information about home birth midwives as well, so for all my home birthing friends–I’d love to hear your stories, too.

And if you or someone you know is pregnant and interested in natural birth, please spread the word! I think this will be a pretty unique resource–knowing what the routine procedures are at a hospital is one of the main things you should consider when choosing your birth location. And if you don’t have a lot of choices about location because of insurance or similar reasons, I’ll have tips about that too, such as how to create a birth plan that won’t antagonize your care providers (and especially the nurses!), even if you what you want is pretty different from their usual routine.