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Hilaria Baldwin's Body-Positive Selfie Sparks C-Section Conversation

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.24.2015 | Parents

Hilaria Baldwin made headlines last week when she shared a photo of her post-birth "baby bump" on Instagram, along with an empowering message about bo...

Cesarean Birth May Raise Baby's Risk Of Asthma, Diabetes And Obesity

Reuters | Posted 06.11.2015 | Parents

By Lisa Rapaport (Reuters Health) - While cesarean deliveries are often necessary to save lives and prevent injuries, being born by C...

Photographer Documents C-Section To Show 'There Is No Right Or Wrong Way' To Give Birth

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 06.05.2015 | Parents

New Zealand-based photographer and mom of three Keri-Anne Dilworth has been taking pictures of births for four years, and during that time, she's had ...

I Don't Care

Gabrielle Volkmer | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Gabrielle Volkmer

Feeling respected and informed may well be one of the most important parts of the birth experience and that has nothing to do with the "way" you deliver.

10 Tips For a Speedier Recovery After Delivery

Natalie Diaz | Posted 05.06.2015 | Parents
Natalie Diaz

Congratulations on your upcoming bundle (or bundles) of joy! No matter if this is your first pregnancy or your fifth, delivery day is always exciting and a bit nerve wrecking. As a mom of twins, and a mom who had a vaginal delivery with twins (yup!) I can tell you that I wish I had more information on the after birth procedure.

When The Birth Of My Child Meant The Death Of My Dream

Lauren Cormier | Posted 06.30.2015 | Parents
Lauren Cormier

I may not have gotten the birth of my dreams, but I did get the life of my dreams: one filled with excitement, joy, and more love than I ever imagined possible.

Why I Never Gave Up Even Though I Was Infertile

Catina Tanner | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Catina Tanner

I cried for days and even had to take a few days off from work. I just couldn't face the world. I felt like a failure somehow and just the sight of a baby would set me off in tears. I was mourning the death of a dream, the death of my ovaries and the death of all hope for my future.

3 Truths About C-Section Mamas

Monet Moutrie | Posted 06.20.2015 | Parents
Monet Moutrie

I've been thinking about the unsung birth heroes. I've been thinking about the birth stories that don't necessarily receive all the thumbs up and high fives and Facebook shares. I'm thinking about the cesarean section stories and the brave women who birth their children with such strength and beauty.

Ready or Not: A Birth Story

Lisa Page Rosenberg | Posted 05.03.2015 | Parents
Lisa Page Rosenberg

During my pregnancy my husband, Mr. Rosenberg, kept me supplied with the white bread sandwiches I was craving. He didn't complain when our bed was turned into a repository for oddly shaped body pillows. He played the guitar and sang, "I Love You a Bushel and a Peck," to me and The Tummy.

Photographer Captures Stunning Shots Of Babies Seconds After They've Left The Womb

The Huffington Post | Priscilla Frank | Posted 02.04.2015 | Arts

"Far from the clichés and platitudes, I wanted to show us, as we are when we are born," photographer Christian Berthelot explains in his artist state...

Dax Shepard Doesn't Skimp On The Details Discussing Kristen Bell's C-Section

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 01.16.2015 | Parents

Three weeks ago, Kristen Bell and Dax Shepard welcomed their second child, a girl named Delta. Yesterday, Shepard stopped by "The Ellen Show" to talk ...

10 Ways C-Sections And Vaginal Births Are Exactly The Same

Kim Simon | Posted 02.14.2015 | Parents
Kim Simon

No one should co-opt your C-section story for their birth agenda. Just like shaming women about how they breastfeed or formula-feed is anti-feminist, so is shaming them and questioning them about how they birth.

The Loaded Question It's So Hard For Me To Answer

Krista Pelton | Posted 01.21.2015 | Parents
Krista Pelton

We can separately have children, just not with each other. You have to really love your spouse to hear that kind of news.

What We Left When We Left the NICU

Gina Jacobs Thomas | Posted 01.18.2015 | Parents
Gina Jacobs Thomas

The perinatologist thought my baby would survive better outside the womb than inside my body. Then he asked when I had last eaten.

Aren't All Birth Stories the Same?

Whitney Fleming | Posted 01.17.2015 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

No one was safe. I vomited on my husband, and then continued heaving for 45 minutes while the doctor tried to sew me up as I swore to her that I did not eat anything after the ice cream sundae I devoured at 9:30 the previous night.

Why I'd Rather Give Birth Via C-Section

Kristen Mae | Posted 01.06.2015 | Parents
Kristen Mae

Having a C-section does not make you a failure. Wanting a C-section does not make you a failure. I think most of us C-section ladies are hesitant to admit it -- because of the stigma -- but I bet there are tons of us who preferred our C-sections over traditional vaginal birth.

Photographer Shows 'C-Sections Are Beautiful' By Documenting Her Friend's Delivery

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents

Photographer Jessica Bender specializes in maternity, newborn, young children, and family photos. While she has documented vaginal births and delivere...

So You Want a Natural Birth

Gabrielle Volkmer | Posted 11.23.2014 | Parents
Gabrielle Volkmer

The important thing here is to know that you need to collaborate with your provider. You need to know what you want and under what circumstances you can safely achieve those goals.

Not How It Was Supposed to Happen

John Corcoran | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
John Corcoran

On the monitor appears a few ripples of static. It reminds me of an air traffic controller's monitor with no planes appearing in view. She moves the ultrasound wand around some more. We are all squinting at the screen.

Controlling Birth, Controlling Pregnant Women

Ruth Macklin | Posted 10.01.2014 | Parents
Ruth Macklin

Although appellate courts have upheld the right of pregnant women to refuse medical treatments, including c-sections, other actions continue to violate the decision-making autonomy of pregnant women.

Pregnant Mom Says Hospital Threatened To Call Child Services Unless She Has C-Section

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents

Jennifer Goodall wants to have a vaginal birth, but she says a hospital in Florida has threatened to report her to child welfare authorities unless sh...

Why C-Section Rates In America Are Soaring

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents

Currently, roughly one in three American babies are born via caesarean section. But according to The New Yorker's new short documentary, "An Unnecessa...

10 Truths for My Infant Twins

Betsy Boyd | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Betsy Boyd

At this point in my life, I've cultivated decent emotional intelligence to make up for the lack of calculus, but I tend to be forgetful. So here are 10 simple but super helpful things I've learned (frequently, the hard way) that I'd like to remember to tell you over the years to come.

Recalibrating Our Expectations of Childbirth

Cara Paiuk | Posted 08.09.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

Most births don't have complications but some do, and it is unfortunate when women feel they or their births are failures for failing to meet their preconceived notions of success. Women should strive for a birth that is manageable and meaningful, but without a sense of entitlement that it must be fast, painless, and stoic.

11 Myths About Cesarean Surgery (Or At Least My Story)

Chelsey Wilson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Chelsey Wilson

In case a C-section is in your cards... here's what I wish I knew in advance.