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Daddy Diaries Part 9

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 06.16.2016 | Parents
Tarun Sakhrani

So this is what a natural birth looks like. This is how it was meant to be... this is what the midwife meant when she said it was all natural... no medication, no support, no help, nothing... just pure unadulterated pain!!!

Daddy Diaries Part 8

Tarun Sakhrani | Posted 06.15.2016 | Parents
Tarun Sakhrani

So, it is 11 AM and my wife is keeled over, holding the bed with one hand and her tummy with the other, in obvious pain. It is quite obvious that the labor has kicked into another gear from even a few minutes ago and that we are getting closer. "It is time to go", she says.

Are Women's Birth Sounds Silenced in the Hospital?

Camille Williams | Posted 04.13.2016 | Women
Camille Williams

A culture that holds laboring women more or less to the usual social norms and stifles their full expression during birth is one that limits women's coping mechanisms.

Unassisted Childbirth

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 03.28.2016 | Parents
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

Maybe the freebirth activism should be seen not so much as an insistence about how we all should be giving birth, but instead a call to continue to keep the conversation going and figure out a way to make childbirth as safe, stress-free as possible, with women surrounded by caring, comforting caregivers.

7 Reasons My Epidural Made Me A Better Mom

Ashley Abramson | Posted 12.18.2015 | Parents
Ashley Abramson

I really believed I couldn't have a healthy baby AND pain medication. Hashtag face in palm.

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.

Catherine Pearson

The Optimal Time To Get An Epidural (If You Want One) | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.08.2014 | Parents

For years, OB-GYNs and anesthesiologists have grappled with the right time to give a laboring woman an epidural to help with the pain of childbirth. ...

New Findings On How Epidurals Affect Labor Time

Posted 02.06.2014 | Parents

By Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 02/06/2014 06:40 AM EST on LiveScience Using epidurals for pain relief during a baby's delivery may ...

Do I Need a Yurt to Have a Natural Birth?

Toni Nagy | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Toni Nagy

Even though I gave birth in a hospital, I was also committed to having a natural birth. I am very grateful for my experience, and for all those who supported my effort. Here are some tips to have the natural birth you want -- regardless of being in a geodesic dome made from yack saliva.

The Secret Reason I Didn't Have an Epidural

Maia James | Posted 09.08.2013 | Parents
Maia James

I am a delicate flower, otherwise known as a massive wimp with no tolerance for pain. But there was some part of me -- the same part that stops shaving my legs in the winter -- that really loved the idea of a natural birth.

Let's Start at the Beginning

Noelle Sadler | Posted 04.16.2013 | Parents
Noelle Sadler

There's something wrong with your baby's brain. This is never the kind of thing you want to hear, but getting the news first thing on a Monday morning before work was even harder.

Okay With Being Done

Abbie Rumbach | Posted 12.17.2012 | Parents
Abbie Rumbach

Six -- yes, SIX -- of my very closest friends are pregnant. Everywhere I turn, I'm hit with a swollen uterus. If pregnancy were a contagious disease, I'm sure I would have caught it by now

Catherine Pearson

Laughing Gas For Women In Labor: Is It Safe? | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.13.2012 | Parents

It has been unpopular in the U.S. for decades, but a new review says that nitrous oxide, otherwise known as laughing gas, is a safe and effective way ...

The Birth Story I Never Wanted To Tell

Christina Loccke | Posted 11.13.2012 | Parents
Christina Loccke

My husband jokingly applies the baseball term "hitting for the cycle" to the way I delivered our three children: from scheduled surgery to drugged and finally undrugged natural. It wasn't some sport, though I was fanatical.

Life Lessons Learned at the Tattoo Parlor

CT Working Moms | Posted 11.06.2012 | Parents
CT Working Moms

My 30th birthday came with the running of my first half marathon. My 31st birthday came with a very pregnant belly. And, not to be outdone, my 32nd birthday came with some ink!

One Long Week and the Birthing of Our Baby

Justin Cox | Posted 10.21.2012 | Parents
Justin Cox

The birth she imagined for herself had evaporated into a cloud of tubes and wires -- and now scalpels and anesthesia. As I sat and waited in that hallway, my love for her and our baby really was all-consuming.

50 Reasons to Have a Baby

The Stir | Posted 10.20.2012 | Parents
The Stir

To even things out, (and prove that I do actually enjoy parts of this gig), I thought it would be nice to list fifty reasons for having a baby. Well, fifty reasons for you to have a baby. I'm done.

Share Your Birth Story With HuffPost Parents

Farah L. Miller | Posted 05.05.2012 | Parents
Farah L. Miller

I think it's time to talk about more of the details, not less. At least here in our corner of the world, let's start sharing our versions of birth, feelings included.

Eleanor Goldberg

Ricki Lake Delivers Maternal Health Awareness | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 01.09.2012 | Impact

Ricki Lake may be best known for her for twirling to the top on "Dancing With The Stars," or for counseling her daytime guests for more than a decade....