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568 pregnancy article submissions by the Mothering community.

Large And Lovely

Now I know my body Is really a vessel, Able to transform itself At the service of life, Able to stretch big With life, To swell small breasts Large with milk, To grow narrow pelvis Open for birth, To reach open arms Out for comfort.   Read more poems read more

Creating a Strong Network of Other Women

We all need our friends, it’s true, but friends are especially critical for new mothers. Build strong relationships with other women now, so that you have support when your baby is born, as well as while you are pregnant.Friends of both sexes can be supportive, but there is something about the company of women that is special. Another woman is most likely to understand what your mind and body are going through, particularly if she is also a mother or mother-to-be. If possible, having a whole community of women close to your home is even better.How can you meet other... read more

Communicating with Your Birth Attendant

It’s a good idea to take a little time to review how you would like to communicate with your birth practitioner. After all, you will be seeing this person for several more months, through all of your ups and downs. This person will help you through labor and usher your new baby into the world.First, consider what your past communications with doctors and other health practitioners have been like. There are three different types of relationships people tend to have with their care providers:Activity-passivity. In this relationship, the health provider is the actor and the... read more

Aqua Baby

By Nicole Lundrigan Issue 103, November/December 2000 When I was 15 years old, my sister gave birth to her daughter in a hospital following a 25-hour labor confined to a bed with an IV and an ever-beeping machine. In my mind, I was a terrific labor coach--kneading her lower back, offering her ice chips, and simply being a reassuring and very excited presence during those very long hours. My sister made it clear to the on-duty nurse that I was to accompany her into the delivery room. But after painkillers were administered, my sister got very fuzzy and... read more

The Second Stage of Labor

According to popular belief, a woman reaches her second stage of labor at a definable moment, and she is told that is now time to push. In reality, few women experience such a clear-cut transition to the second stage of labor. Technically speaking, the second stage begins when the cervix is fully dilated at 10 centimeters. The transition into the second stage, however, begins somewhere between 8 and 10 centimeters of dilation.Transition into the Second StageFor many women, transition is marked by a sudden intensity of contractions that begin to follow each other quite... read more

our very own baby catcher

Champagne cake* in the conference room, folks! We got word today that one of our own, Mothering staffer Micki Garcia, was accepted at Birthingway College of Midwifery in Portland, Oregon. She’ll be heading there in February—which both thrills and saddens us. We’ll miss her smart, funny, upbeat presence in the office but are, of course, excited for her (and happy to have somebody to stay with in Portland!). Micki, who recently graduated from Indiana University, has been working at Mothering since last May as our fulfillment manager. We’ll be sure to... read more

Prenatal Testing and Informed Consent: Base Your Choices on the Evidence

Related Article:Sidebar: Diagnostic Tests Of The Third Trimester By Peggy O'Mara Issue 120, September/October 2003 Fom the book Mothering Magazine's Having A Baby, Naturally: The Mothering Magazine Guide to Pregnancy and Childbirth edited and published by Peggy O'Mara with Wendy Ponte. Copyright © 2003 by The Philip Lief Group, Inc. and Mothering Magazine, Inc. Reprinted by permission of Atria Books, an imprint of Simon and Schuster, Inc. Birth goes best if it is not intruded upon by strange people and strange events. It goes best when a woman feels safe enough and... read more

A Doula Makes the Difference!

Karen Nugent Issue 87, March/April 1998 We couldn't have done it without our doula! Despite difficulties encountered during an arduous 96-hour labor, my husband Paul and I cherish the birth day of our first child. We were fortunate to have a doula who provided continuous emotional and physical support, and worked as our advocate to complement the midwife's medical expertise. This personalized labor assistance enabled us to achieve our childbirth goals, which included birth without medication or other unnecessary medical intervention. We couldn't have... read more

Month by Month: Second Trimester

  What's Happening In My Body? Month Four: During the fourth month, your appetite will begin to increase again, and you may find yourself craving certain foods. You may have to urinate more frequently during the night. Despite these changes, you feel a new calmness - you’re becoming accustomed to pregnancy. Month Five:The risk of miscarriage is past. Morning sickness subsides and your appetite continues to increase. You may even have a decrease in your need to urinate as your body adapts to pregnancy. Month Six: You will now feel distinct fetal movements, especially... read more

Natural Parenting Toolbox: Reasons to Choose/Not to Choose a Birthcenter

A freestanding birth center is a facility devoted solely to the care of pregnant and laboring women. It is not physically attached to a hospital, although some are hospital-owned.   Reasons To Choose A Freestanding Birth Center The National Association of Childbearing Centers reports birth centers to be as safe as hospital births-with the added benefit of a significantly lower rate of cesarean sections. Birth centers, which generally service low-risk pregnancies, average only 4.4 percent c-sections, less than half the rate for low-risk women in hospital... read more

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