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Astoria Characters: The Newborn Doula

Nancy Ruhling | Posted 06.23.2015 | New York
Nancy Ruhling

The call came at 10 at night. Annie LeVasseur had been eagerly expecting it, but, still, it made her nervous.

How to Care at the Beginning and End of Life: Lessons on Laboring, Loving and Leaving

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 06.08.2015 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

The more time I've spent in the company of pregnant women and their partners, studying ethnographies of midwives, and hearing freshly trained doctors' accounts of delivery clinics in various parts of the world, the more I've come to understand that our collective birth narrative is by no means a universal one.

Thank You: A Prayer in Crisis

Rev. Jeff Hood | Posted 05.08.2015 | Religion
Rev. Jeff Hood

As medical professionals rushed into the room, my anxiety grew exponentially with each passing second. When I started to pray, there were no words coming out. I just kept sending thoughts and emotions to God. Somehow out of my hope that God would see our family through, I managed to whisper, "Thank You."

'Twas The Night Before Labor

Ali Fallis | Posted 02.17.2015 | Parents
Ali Fallis

When down in the kitchen there arose such a clatter, I waddled downstairs to see what was the matter. (And to pee.)

At Home in the Airport: Lessons On Belonging From an Acclaimed Global Writer

Camalo Gaskin | Posted 11.22.2014 | Books
 Camalo Gaskin

Author Brittani Sonnenberg has received high acclaim globally, including The New York Times Books Editors' Choice, for her new novel Home Leave. In it she masterfully narrates the layers of stories, anxieties, and familiarities that seep in and out of the heads of women and their family members who embody this itinerant lifestyle.

Catherine Pearson

How Doulas Substantially Lower The Rate Of C-Sections In The U.S.

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.29.2014 | Parents

Doulas -- nonmedical professionals who help women cope with childbirth and the postpartum period -- do many things. They soothe. They massage. They ch...

Birth Doula Training

Jess Ly | Posted 10.06.2014 | Healthy Living
Jess Ly

The beauty of this education and what it ultimately provides can best be captured in one word: choices. When women get educated, they can decide what kind of birth they want and how they want to experience it, exercising our most fundamental human desire, our right to choose.

Protecting the Threshold

Janelle Brandon | Posted 08.31.2014 | Women
Janelle Brandon

I became even more of a supporter (if that's possible) of a woman's right to choose when, if and how she becomes a mother once I became a mother myself. Guess who and what else shouldn't make that decision for them? Someone's boss. Someone else's personally-held religious beliefs.

6 Things I Know Now About Breastfeeding

Kim Simon | Posted 08.27.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

Breastfeeding is one of the most wonderful, heart-wrenching, soul-healing, self-doubting, self-confidence crushing and self-confidence boosting experiences I've ever had.

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.

My Secret Weapon Against Postpartum Depression

Kim Simon | Posted 07.27.2014 | Parents
Kim Simon

You were by my side as I fell madly, deeply, head over heels in love with the beautiful little boy who completed our family. You supported me as my first sweet son curled up behind me in the rocking chair. You told me that we would all start healing together.

What I Want All Women To Know About Childbirth

Dina L. Relles | Posted 06.14.2014 | Parents
Dina L. Relles

You may have a birth plan, or you may not. But birth has a plan for you: once your child is born, you will see yourself as a mother. And realize you've never been so beautiful.

Kathleen Miles

New Mom's Uncensored Photos Reveal The Beautiful, Messy Reality Of Home Birth

HuffingtonPost.com | Kathleen Miles | Posted 01.25.2014 | Parents

From the minute her contractions began, Ruth Iorio was posting her uncensored thoughts, feelings and photos on Facebook and Twitter. Through the pain ...

Four Words That Will Get Me Through Childbirth

Kate Fridkis | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Kate Fridkis

I really want to focus on the baby. But birth is so damn distracting. It's just looming there, at the end of pregnancy, like this massive Mount Doom with Sauron's fiery eye flicking vigilantly back and forth above. I am definitely Frodo in my birth story, with the wide, terrified eyes.

Catherine Pearson

The Amazing People Who Are Changing How Low-Income Moms Give Birth

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.12.2013 | Parents

What Shakima Woolward, 35, wanted most with her third baby was a natural birth. Her first two children were born via cesarean section for reasons,...

Words That Heal: Cesarean Birth

Brandy Ferner | Posted 10.08.2013 | Parents
Brandy Ferner

This important role you have usually coincides with a very vulnerable window of time in these women's lives (possibly even the most vulnerable time of their lives), so the words you choose have immense power to heal, support and empower them -- or do the opposite.

I Owe All The Breastfeeding Moms An Apology

Kim Simon | Posted 10.01.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

I am a formula mom. I am a breastfeeding mom. I know what it feels like when your breasts "let-down," and I know what it feels like when your heart "lets-down." The beauty of our stories is that we are all feeding with love.

The Fear That Follows Me

Kim Simon | Posted 07.22.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

When fear is gone, it leaves a huge hole for the courage to fill. It's a space that's almost as big as my baby, I think.

Making Birth Better

Rachel Marie Stone | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents
Rachel Marie Stone

Maternity care -- who provides it, what it costs, how the baby gets out -- is much bigger than the so-called Mommy Wars. It's a question of the common good, and to get there, we need, as HuffPost blogger Randi Hutter Epstein recently noted, to go beyond the old "home vs. hospital" debates.

Erykah Badu: 'Everything Must Change'

Posted 02.08.2013 | Healthy Living

Music Legend, vegan and Doula, Erykah Badu is one of the strongest women in the Industry. She gets real, raw and speaks openly about vulnerability a...

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin's Legacy Among Doulas in L.A.

Antonia Blumberg | Posted 03.26.2013 | Parents
Antonia Blumberg

Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives recounts the history of the natural birth movement in the United States. It is the story of a revolution, initiated in the least likely place imaginable.

A Non-Traditional Birth Plan

Kim Simon | Posted 03.18.2013 | Parents
Kim Simon

It's easy to be calm when you're pregnant with Baby #1. You don't know what you don't know, and all. But we all know how well that turned out.

How HypnoBirthing Supported the Labor I Hoped for

Pooja R. Mottl | Posted 12.01.2012 | Parents
Pooja R. Mottl

Looking back, I'm glad I didn't write it off despite its rather bizarre-sounding name.

Agnes Gereb and the Case for Human Rights in Childbirth

Toni Harman | Posted 07.24.2012 | World
Toni Harman

Earlier this month we filmed an interview with Dr Agnes Gereb, the Hungarian obstetrician and midwife who was imprisoned and is currently under house arrest for supporting women giving birth at home. The filming was for our ONE WORLD BIRTH new documentary film which will be released this summer.

From Books To Birthing: One Woman's Radical Post 50 Career Change

Debra Ollivier | Posted 05.26.2012 | Fifty
Debra Ollivier

Sheri Solin was a self-proclaimed type-A personality who, after working as a book editor for decades, did an about-face in her early 60s and became a doula, helping women give birth.