Natural Birth and Homebirth

Reckoning with Birth

By Nancy Linnon Web Exclusive   I always imagined birthing him in the middle of the night, a velvet midnight-blue kind of experience. Instead, he started into the world at 5:30 a.m., just as the sun drained the light from the moon, and I

Language about Labor

By Louise Rachel Quigley Web Exclusive   The word “contraction” to describe the working of the uterus during labor has bothered me for a long time. True, it is technically correct: like any other muscle, the uterus bunches itself tight, makes its length shorter,