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Natural Childbirth

Behind The Rise In Alternative Forms Of Childbirth

us news | Posted 08.04.2014 | Parents

Written by Kristine Crane for U.S. News & World Report. Childbirth is high up on the list of painful human experiences – even with drugs that blo...

6 Days of Labor: A Birth Story

Brian Leaf | Posted 07.18.2014 | Parents
Brian Leaf

While watching a DVD of Meet the Fockers, Gwen has a contraction. I grab a pencil and the closest thing to write on (oddly, a scrap of wood) and begin timing. Five minutes apart and lasting one minute! Wahoo! Make the call!

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.

Dear People Who Undercut Parents

Rob Sachs | Posted 02.26.2014 | Parents
Rob Sachs

It's a daily struggle to keep the little ones in line and I'm grateful for discreetly-imparted tips from family, friends, teachers and wise elders. Unfortunately, there are some out there who simply aren't working with me, making my job vastly more difficult than it needs to be.

Natural Childbirth: Not for the Faint of Heart

Kate Ryan Williams | Posted 02.02.2014 | Parents
Kate Ryan Williams

The only thing that brought me comfort was this thought: "I never have to do this again." I chanted this mantra to my husband. Announced it to the nurses who breezed in and out. And whispered it to the doctor. "I never have to do this again."

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...

The Secret Reason I Didn't Have an Epidural

Maia James | Posted 09.08.2013 | Parents
Maia James

I am a delicate flower, otherwise known as a massive wimp with no tolerance for pain. But there was some part of me -- the same part that stops shaving my legs in the winter -- that really loved the idea of a natural birth.

What No One Would Admit To Me About Breastfeeding

Parenting.com | Posted 04.10.2013 | Parents
Parenting.com

Five days after the birth of my first daughter, I held her in my arms as my husband held me. My head was bent against his shoulder and I was sobbing so heavily that I shook. I could barely breathe, but I pushed out the words: "I. Just. Want. To. Feed. My. Baby."

Here's One Way to Make Childbirth Safer

Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH | Posted 03.27.2013 | Healthy Living
Randi Hutter Epstein, MD, MPH

I am glad that Johnson renewed the much-needed attention to the dangers of childbirth. But I hope that his piece does not reignite the overly-simplistic midwife vs. doctor debate. What we need is a healthy dialogue between these two groups of experts.

I Am a Hip-Hop Artist Dad

Sapient | Posted 03.10.2013 | Parents
Sapient

I am Sapient, I am a hip-hop artist, and I am also an advocate for natural childbirth, breastfeeding and attachment parenting. And yeah, breastfeeding isn't exactly hip-hop.

The Surprising Thing That Got Me Over My Fear

Suzanne Clores | Posted 01.19.2013 | Parents
Suzanne Clores

Not everyone needs to wrap themselves in ropes or balance on a trapeze bar in order to see this world. But sometimes that's what it takes.

I Left a Piece of Myself There

Lindsey Mead | Posted 01.08.2013 | Parents
Lindsey Mead

I left my body swollen with childbirth, with milk, with life. I left eyes so tired that they felt like they had sand in them. Most of all, I left behind my certainty. My certainty that I knew what I was doing, that my path was assured, that I was safe.

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.

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.

Global Motherhood: The Stories We Share

Erin Michelle Threlfall | Posted 10.27.2012 | Impact
Erin Michelle Threlfall

As the birth date grew near, because I had taken all the precautions and checked all the "should-do boxes," it never occured to me that I could have anything other than a "perfect birth story." I was naive. Or maybe optmistic. Positive to a fault.

Catherine Pearson

'A Little Snip:' How Episiotomy-Happy Doctors Add To Childbirth Trauma

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 08.22.2012 | Parents

Rebecca Woolf did not want to get cut. In 2005, Woolf was in labor with her first baby, a boy, at a large Los Angeles hospital. She had pushed for ...

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.

Midwife Gets Sentenced For Unlawfully Delivering Baby

AP | By GREG RISLING | Posted 11.16.2011 | Los Angeles

LOS ANGELES -- Katharine McCall found herself in a tough spot over the Thanksgiving weekend four years ago as she tended to a woman in labor. The stud...

What They Didn't Tell Me in Lamaze Class

Lindsay Pyfer | Posted 10.24.2011 | Parents
Lindsay Pyfer

When my electric fetal monitor test didn't come out as it should, my husband and I were terrified.

Catherine Pearson

Is Pain-Free Birth Achievable?

HuffingtonPost.com | Catherine Pearson | Posted 10.02.2011 | Parents

On a rainy June night, six couples strained to get a better view of a home video of a woman, legs spread, giving birth. The room was hushed -- the...

Natural Childbirth: 4 Key Strategies To Help You Through

Toni Nagy | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Toni Nagy

In order to make the decision to have an old school birthing experience, you have to substitute fear for curiosity.

Why Home Births Are Worth Considering

Melissa Cheyney | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Melissa Cheyney

If doctors and midwives could be willing to learn from and respect one another, women and babies in our country would benefit.

Are Today's OBs Giving Women What They Really Want?

Abi Cotler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abi Cotler

Like a midwife, Dr. Biter puts in endless hours to stay very present in a labor, however lengthy, and tailors the care to maximize a woman's innate ability to birth her baby without interventions.

Why I'm Protesting For My Natural-Birth Friendly OB

Abi Cotler | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Abi Cotler

These women may enter a hospital only to have their powerful inner voice taken away when they are told to question what they know about their own bodies.