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DC Rallies To Improve Birth

Lucia Zegarra | Posted 08.30.2016 | Women
Lucia Zegarra

Becoming a parent for the first time is one of the most intense experiences out there. Soon-to-be parents happily chose which gifts they want for their registry, which parenting classes take and which names they want for their little ones, but if a couple chooses to give birth at a hospital, their right to make informed decisions stops as they enter the building.

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

Rhoda Jordan | Posted 09.04.2016 | 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.

We Became Mothers -- And That's All That Matters

Kara Lawler | Posted 07.15.2016 | Parents
Kara Lawler

"Did you have them naturally?" she asked me when she heard that both of my babies were born at over nine pounds. I didn't have them without medication. But my body formed my children, grew my children, and birthed my children; and yet, I'm never sure how to answer this question. Regardless, I became a mother.

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.

Your Time of the Month: A Cause for Celebration

Naama Bloom | Posted 01.23.2014 | Women
Naama Bloom

As pre-pubescents, we wait for this mysterious visitor. In our twenties, we pray we get it each month because we want confirmation that we're not pregnant. Then we hit our 30s, and many of us are trying to get pregnant. It's no wonder we have a love/hate relationship with our periods.

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.

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.

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.

For Healthier Moms and Babies, X-Out Repeat C-Sections

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 03.24.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

Preliminary figures from the Centers for Disease control include a promising bit of news for women's health: for the first time in a decade, the rate of cesarean section births dropped.

The Business of Being Born

Ricki Lake | Posted 03.20.2012 | Impact
Ricki Lake

I produced the 2008 documentary The Business of Being Born to educate women about their choices in childbirth, and raise questions about maternity care in the U.S.

Childbirth as Protest Art? Done That

Karen Brody | Posted 01.04.2012 | Home
Karen Brody

All this 'birth performance art' is signaling that it is time to wake up and smell what is really going on when it comes to giving birth today.

I Don't Care How My Baby Is Born

Cara McDonough | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Cara McDonough

Like every parent on the planet, all I want is a healthy child (boring), and what I find strange about this experience is that I'm allowed -- and expected -- to make a decision regarding this desired outcome.

ACOG Says Yes to Vaginal Births After C-Section

Amie Newman | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Amie Newman

New guidelines were released by the organization yesterday marking a significant change in their recommendations regarding VBACs.

Concerned About Coerced Abortions? Try Saying No to Cesarean Surgery

Lynn M. Paltrow | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Lynn M. Paltrow

The rise in cesarean surgery rates has not been accompanied by overall improvements in maternal or child health and creates risks to pregnant women and babies that do not exist with vaginal births.