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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.

How to Choose a Birthing Class

Brandy Ferner | Posted 10.31.2012 | Parents
Brandy Ferner

Just like the millions of parenting choices just around the bend, you can't know beforehand if you're making the right choice. So, what's a parent to do? Open up, get educated, get in tune with yourself and lovingly move forward, knowing you are doing the best you can.

For Baby's Sake, Women Considering Home Birth Must Plan and Heed Health, Safety Issues

Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D. | Posted 07.07.2012 | Los Angeles
Glenn D. Braunstein, M.D.

If you're a trend-watcher, there's an intriguing statistical uptick that's worth a second glance and it involves women, their health and where they're giving birth.

Homebirth Midwives and the Hospital Goliath: Evidence Builds for Disruptive Innovation

John Weeks | Posted 05.29.2012 | Politics
John Weeks

Consider the potentially long-term positive consequences if mothers and families learn that most can have their babies at home, without all that expensive intervention.

Facing Maternity Care Gaps, Midwives Push For Birthing Justice

Michelle Chen | Posted 04.03.2012 | Politics
Michelle Chen

As with all reproductive justice struggles, from access to birth control to the right to choose, self-determination in childbirth is about putting social trust in the hands of women.

Home Birth: A Real Alternative

Limari Colon | Posted 03.26.2012 | Impact
Limari Colon

Giving birth to my child naturally was not about politics, nor adventure. It was about what was best for both of us. I felt the need to protect our first moments together, to bond, and as a result of following my gut, I acquired a purpose in life.

Setting Up Realistic Expectations of Birth -- Changes We Can All Make

Brandy Ferner | Posted 12.24.2011 | Parents
Brandy Ferner

Our culture sends the message that birth is no big thang. It's pretty ordinary, happens everyday, is nothing more than a baby coming out of a hole.

Home Births Up By 20 Percent: Is It Something You Should Consider?

AP | By LEANNE ITALIE | Posted 09.04.2011 | Healthy Living

NEW YORK -- One mother chose home birth because it was cheaper than going to a hospital. Another gave birth at home because she has multiple sclerosis...

Mothers Deserve Options

Ricki Lake | Posted 08.26.2011 | Impact
Ricki Lake

Why does it matter if a mother's prenatal visits are 10 minutes long or last more than an hour? Why does it matter if the care provider at her birth is someone she has built a trusting relationship with over 9 months or a stranger-on-call?