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Midwife Explains The Spiritual Side Of Birth

The Huffington Post | Antonia Blumberg | Posted 11.24.2015 | Religion

Birth is rarely depicted in popular media as anything other than a painful and traumatic experience. Midwife Marianne Littlejohn, who runs a web...

Getting the Birth I Wanted: My Crazy, Beautiful, Unpredictable Journey From C-Section to Natural Vaginal Birth

Rhoda Jordan | Posted 09.05.2015 | Parents
Rhoda Jordan

"Our only option right now is a C-section." As I lay there in the hospital bed, this news hit me like a mad flurry of fists to the top of my skull.

How to Deal With Fear? Fear, Mindset and a New Life

Kasia Wezowski | Posted 07.31.2015 | Healthy Living
Kasia Wezowski

I believe that the mindset can affect whether we experience fear or not. You can live in two completely different realities depending on if you feel f...

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.

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."

I'm In My Golden Age Of Mothering

Sarah Reinhart | Posted 04.13.2015 | Parents
Sarah Reinhart

Golden ages are characterized by stability, harmony, prosperity. Is it any surprise I don't want this time to end? Who would?! Let's be golden forever!

After Facebook Removes Birth Image, Upset Mom Compares It To Kim Kardashian's Nude Photo

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents

After U.K. mom Milli Hill posted a photo of a mother giving birth on Facebook, she was dismayed to learn that the social media site removed it, citing...

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.

What Not To Say To Someone Who Wants A Natural Birth

Gabrielle Volkmer | Posted 11.22.2014 | Parents
Gabrielle Volkmer

This may come as a surprise to the people who say cruel things like this but women who choose natural birth are humans, too. They actually do have feelings! They think through their choices and decide what is best for them.

Catherine Pearson

The Pressure To Have A 'Perfect' Birth | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.17.2014 | Parents

Maggie Diamond had high expectations for how she wanted her birth to unfold. (Photo courtesy of Jessica Peterson Photography) In the run-up to ...

Birth As a Crucible

Gabrielle Volkmer | Posted 10.27.2014 | Parents
Gabrielle Volkmer

You have conquered your fear and are prepared to have the best birth you can. You are ready to get your birth "right," whatever unpredictable course it takes, because getting your birth right simply means doing all you can to achieve the best birth possible.

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

Reductress | Posted 05.24.2014 | Comedy

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

Expecting a Good (Cesarean) Birth

Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Anne Drapkin Lyerly, MD, MA

It's time for us to dispense with the battle lines that have marked conversations about birth for decades -- and that have led us to neglect the important task of finding and facilitating the good in cesareans and other births where technology is desired or needed.

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.

You Can't Always Get What You Want -- But If You Try Sometimes Well You Just Might Find, You Get a C-Section

Stacey Gish Wallenstein | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Stacey Gish Wallenstein

Ten days ago, our SON kicked his way into this world and showed me that loving two children was not a challenge, but a gift.

15 Things Doctors Aren't Telling You About Childbirth

The Huffington Post | Catherine Pearson | Posted 09.27.2013 | Parents

We live in a world where information about having and rearing babies is everywhere. When is the best time to have kids? Where does your favorite n...

Being a C-Section Mama In the Birth Goddess Club

Amanda King | Posted 06.13.2013 | Parents
Amanda King

I hated everything about how my birth experiences unfolded, hated every bottle, every moment of guilt and panic and all the ways I was lacking. But here we are, six years later, my girls and me.

I Breastfed the Wrong Baby

Donna Highfill | Posted 01.23.2014 | Fifty
Donna Highfill

I looked at the child I thought was Jacob. In a matter of hours he had gone from a baby with thin red hair to a baby with thick, long black hair. His seven pounds had morphed into at least ten. My Scot-Irish son had turned into an Italian. Wow, I thought, They change so fast!

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.

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.

Catherine Pearson

How Natural Birth May Boost Baby's Brain Power | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.12.2012 | Parents

Experts generally agree that most healthy, risk-free women should deliver their babies vaginally rather than by cesarean section, as it has benefits f...

Kourtney And Khloe Witness Live Water Birth

Posted 08.06.2012 | TV

Kourtney Kardashian is all about exploring alternative ... well, anything. With her due date rapidly approaching, she decided to start exploring alter...

How Your OB/GYN's Fear of Malpractice Can Affect Your Healthcare | Posted 08.14.2012 | Parents

My doctor suggested a number of medical interventions prior to and during my labor, including induction and continuous electronic fetal monitoring. Had they been necessary?

The Journey to Labor Land: How Women Can Reclaim Their Birth Rights

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 06.22.2012 | Parents
Lindsay Pyfer

No wonder so many women these days are leery of natural childbirth -- or even vaginal birth -- not realizing how perfectly their bodies are designed for it. As are babies.

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.