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So You Want a Natural Birth

Gabrielle Volkmer | Posted 09.24.2014 | 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 09.09.2014 | 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.

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.

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...

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.

STUDY: Slower Labor Is Normal In Twin Pregnancies

Posted 07.29.2013 | Parents

By: Bahar Gholipour, Staff Writer Published: 07/29/2013 08:17 AM EDT on LiveScience Labor takes longer in women pregnant with twins, a new study ...

Mother's Age Tied To Risk Of Delivery Complications

Posted 06.14.2013 | Parents

By Andrew M. Seaman NEW YORK | Thu Jun 13, 2013 4:26pm EDT (Reuters Health) - Teenage mothers are at increased risk of delivering their babies...

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.