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10 Ways C-Sections And Vaginal Births Are Exactly The Same

Kim Simon | Posted 12.15.2014 | 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.

The Loaded Question It's So Hard For Me To Answer

Krista Watts | Posted 11.21.2014 | Parents
Krista Watts

We can separately have children, just not with each other. You have to really love your spouse to hear that kind of news.

What We Left When We Left the NICU

Gina Jacobs Thomas | Posted 11.18.2014 | Parents
Gina Jacobs Thomas

The perinatologist thought my baby would survive better outside the womb than inside my body. Then he asked when I had last eaten.

Aren't All Birth Stories the Same?

Whitney Fleming | Posted 11.17.2014 | Parents
Whitney Fleming

No one was safe. I vomited on my husband, and then continued heaving for 45 minutes while the doctor tried to sew me up as I swore to her that I did not eat anything after the ice cream sundae I devoured at 9:30 the previous night.

Why I'd Rather Give Birth Via C-Section

Kristen Mae | Posted 11.07.2014 | Parents
Kristen Mae

Having a C-section does not make you a failure. Wanting a C-section does not make you a failure. I think most of us C-section ladies are hesitant to admit it -- because of the stigma -- but I bet there are tons of us who preferred our C-sections over traditional vaginal birth.

Photographer Shows 'C-Sections Are Beautiful' By Documenting Her Friend's Delivery

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 11.04.2014 | Parents

Photographer Jessica Bender specializes in maternity, newborn, young children, and family photos. While she has documented vaginal births and delivere...

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.

Not How It Was Supposed to Happen

John Corcoran | Posted 11.09.2014 | Parents
John Corcoran

On the monitor appears a few ripples of static. It reminds me of an air traffic controller's monitor with no planes appearing in view. She moves the ultrasound wand around some more. We are all squinting at the screen.

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.

Pregnant Mom Says Hospital Threatened To Call Child Services Unless She Has C-Section

The Huffington Post | Dominique Mosbergen | Posted 07.29.2014 | Parents

Jennifer Goodall wants to have a vaginal birth, but she says a hospital in Florida has threatened to report her to child welfare authorities unless sh...

Why C-Section Rates In America Are Soaring

The Huffington Post | Caroline Bologna | Posted 07.25.2014 | Parents

Currently, roughly one in three American babies are born via caesarean section. But according to The New Yorker's new short documentary, "An Unnecessa...

10 Truths for My Infant Twins

Betsy Boyd | Posted 08.23.2014 | Parents
Betsy Boyd

At this point in my life, I've cultivated decent emotional intelligence to make up for the lack of calculus, but I tend to be forgetful. So here are 10 simple but super helpful things I've learned (frequently, the hard way) that I'd like to remember to tell you over the years to come.

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.

11 Myths About Cesarean Surgery (Or At Least My Story)

Chelsey Wilson | Posted 07.28.2014 | Parents
Chelsey Wilson

In case a C-section is in your cards... here's what I wish I knew in advance.

Christy Turlington Burns Says 'C-Sections Save Lives When Performed Appropriately'

Christy Turlington Burns | Posted 07.14.2014 | Impact
Christy Turlington Burns

What do we think of C-sections? We think that every woman should have access to emergency obstetric care, but we also think that physiological birth should be the norm because it is.

Christy Turlington Burns: C-Sections Shouldn't Be The Norm

HuffPost Live | Posted 05.09.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

Christy Turlington Burns spent many years on catwalks and in the pages of magazines, but these days the supermodel is spending her time advocating for...

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.

12 Things I Loved About My C-Section

K.K. Goldberg | Posted 05.12.2014 | Parents
K.K. Goldberg

C-sections are often hailed as unnecessary, agonizing and overused. On this topic, I can speak only for myself. That said, strange as it sounds, there were things I actually loved about my surgical birth.

Specialists Weigh In On How To Reduce C-Section Rates

AP | LAURAN NEERGAARD | Posted 02.20.2014 | Parents

WASHINGTON (AP) — Show more patience in the delivery room: That's the prescription being given to the nation's obstetricians. New guidelines say do...

Baby's First Surgery: The Perfectionectomy

Whitney Frink | Posted 04.05.2014 | Parents
Whitney Frink

Let it go. Your child was born with an abnormality, despite you doing everything right. You planned, you controlled, and still. Your beautiful baby is beautiful, but not perfect. Not like you pictured.

Woman Who Wasn't Pregnant Gets C-section

AP | Posted 01.23.2014 | Latino Voices

SAO PAULO (AP) — Officials in southeastern Brazil say doctors performed a cesarean section on a 37-year-old woman only to discover that she wasn't p...

How to Get Instant Six-Pack Abs MINUTES After Having a Baby

Tony Posnanski | Posted 02.05.2014 | Parents
Tony Posnanski

I think that four days is way too long for any mother to wait for six-pack abs. As a weight loss inspiration and motivator, I would like to share with everyone a very easy way to have six-pack abs right after having a baby. It is very easy to obtain, but might be hard to maintain.

My Not So Scary C-Section

Cara Paiuk | Posted 01.23.2014 | Parents
Cara Paiuk

Sometimes they are medically necessary. Mine was and yours may be too. My baby and I survived just fine. The recovery was manageable. If you need to have one, it will not be the end of the world.

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.

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.