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A New Documentary, The Mama Sherpas, Shows What Happens When Women Are Given Back Rights in Childbirth

Sarah Bregel | Posted 07.22.2015 | Women
Sarah Bregel

Midwives and doctors working together seems like a welcomed change that will greatly help to support families in pregnancy and birth.

39 Candid Photos That Capture The Beauty Of Midwifery

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 05.08.2015 | Parents

Cinco de Mayo is not the only celebration that takes place on May 5. Today is also the International Day of the Midwife, an occasion to recognize and ...

Why I'm Glad Jill Dillard Had a Hospital Birth

Alana Romain | Posted 06.09.2015 | Parents
Alana Romain

If you follow 19 Kids and Counting, you probably know that Jill has been training to be a midwife since 2012. She's helped to deliver lots of babies born at home, and was planning on a home birth for herself as well. For whatever reason, it didn't happen. And I'm kind of glad it didn't.

Maybe We Should Agree to Disagree: A Perspective on Home Birth

Whitney You | Posted 05.11.2015 | Parents
Whitney You

I believe that as a physician it is my duty to offer a recommendation to my patients based on my years of training and experience. While discord can be uncomfortable with patients with whom I disagree, I owe it to the women I care for to enter a dialog surrounding their medical choices and to engage in thoughtful discussion and respectful debate.

11 Photos That Show Birth Is Beautiful, No Matter What Method You Choose

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 03.06.2015 | Parents

The International Association of Professional Birth Photographers announced today the winners of its annual "Image of the Year Competition." According...

On The Occasion Of My Son's Birthday, A Toast

Jeremiah Horrigan | Posted 03.07.2015 | Fifty
Jeremiah Horrigan

Today, I'll raise a glass to Louie Hevizy, the doctor who broke the rules and brought my wonderful, hard-working and loving son into this world.

If You Don't Support Women's Rights in Birth, Don't Call Yourself a Feminist

Sarah Bregel | Posted 11.30.2014 | Parents
Sarah Bregel

Support choice whenever possible. Empower women. Listen. Learn. Don't be part of the problem. Don't tell her her birth isn't important or that she is stupid or selfish for caring about it. Be part of the solution.

5 Real Birth Experiences From Around The World, In Photos

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 09.19.2014 | Parents

Photographer and mother Alice Proujansky has been taking pictures of births all over the world since 2006. The result of her work is an ongoing photo ...

How To Raise A Perfect Child

Bunmi Laditan | Posted 07.14.2014 | Parents
Bunmi Laditan

Despite what common sense might say, there are not an a variety of ways to raise good children. There is only one. And I know it. And you don't. So I'm going to educate you (you're welcome).

5 Mistakes Expecting Mothers Should Avoid

Napala Pratini | Posted 06.18.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

Having a baby is often one of the most pivotal developments in a woman's life. While the news may give you reason to celebrate, finding out that you are pregnant also means it's time to start thinking about the cost of maternity care -- and avoiding these mistakes that could land you with massive bills.

How Should You Choose Between a Hospital and a Home Birth?

Napala Pratini | Posted 05.31.2014 | Parents
Napala Pratini

Parents-to-be will spend countless hours researching doctors and baby names and planning appointments and baby showers -- but what is the right choice when it comes to a home birth versus a hospital delivery?

Two-Year-Old Blissfully Unaware of the Horror of Mother's Home Birth

Reductress | Posted 05.24.2014 | Comedy
Reductress

This post originally appeared on Reductress.com. Toddler Grayson Douglas was having a great day playing, snacking and napping. As he alternated bet...

From Home Birth to Hospital: My Story of Fetal Atrial Flutter

Amanda Aguilar Shank | Posted 05.04.2014 | Parents
Amanda Aguilar Shank

It was intense. It was also my initiation into a mysterious club called motherhood. As a close friend told me, having a child is like learning to live with your heart outside of your body. It is not always an easy transition.

Pregnancy Not-So-Blahs: My Story of Fetal Atrial Flutter

Amanda Aguilar Shank | Posted 04.16.2014 | Parents
Amanda Aguilar Shank

I watched her little heart on the ultrasound for hours -- before and after her heartbeat resolved. I slept with a fetal monitor stuck to my belly and the sound of her heartbeat coming from a machine a foot from my head. I waited and hoped.

Should Home Births Be Regulated? This State Thinks So

Posted 02.13.2014 | Parents

"If you have to get a license to cut hair, you should have to get a license to deliver a baby." That argument, courtesy of the Hawaii Medical Asso...

Should Home Births Be Regulated?

www.civilbeat.com | Posted 02.11.2014 | Hawaii

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New Study Suggests Risk Of Death Is Higher In Home Births

Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents

By: By Tia Ghose, Staff Writer Published: 02/03/2014 07:36 AM EST on LiveScience The rate of death for newborns born in home births is more than...

Catherine Pearson

Home Birth Study Finds No Increased Risk For Mom Or Baby, Experts Still Divided

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 02.01.2014 | Parents

Tanya Smith-Johnson has given birth to four healthy babies: two in a hospital and one in a birth center attached to a hospital. Her fourth was born at...

Why This High-Risk Mom Is Choosing A Home Birth

Amy West | Posted 04.01.2014 | Parents
Amy West

Like all moms-to-be, a living, breathing, healthy baby is the end goal here. Perhaps not like all moms-to-be, I believe we can get that done in an inflatable tub in my bedroom.

8 Reasons I'm Choosing To Have A Home Birth

Babble.com | Posted 03.26.2014 | Parents
Babble.com

Home births are becoming more and more common, but they still aren't the norm by any means, and I've definitely encountered a few naysayers about our decisions. But, we've thought this through and are well-informed.

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 ...

Are Home Births Actually Safer?

Posted 06.14.2013 | Parents

By: Bahar Gholipour, LiveScience Staff Writer Published: 06/13/2013 06:33 PM EDT on LiveScience Among women with low-risk pregnancies, those who...

WATCH: Mom Delivers Her Own Baby At Home

Posted 05.28.2013 | Parents

A Connecticut mom is being called a superhero after delivering her own baby in the middle of the night. Erica Bovino was in labor for 30 hours when...

Why I Shared My Birth Photos With The World

Babble.com | Posted 05.01.2013 | Parents
Babble.com

When I shared that I was having a home birth, critics flocked far and wide to question the decision, sharing their own birth stories of C-sections and disasters and emergencies. And I get it. I truly do.

The Mommy War Industrial Complex

Kim Siegal | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents
Kim Siegal

Apparently, we are fighting over everything. It starts pretty much right away when we are at our most vulnerable. Most neurotic. Most pregnant.