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568 pregnancy article submissions by the Mothering community.

African Dance & Birth

  How about some African dance to get in the spirit of the last trimester and to prepare for labor? African dance is particularly grounding during pregnancy-it allows you to be present in the moment and to forget about everything else. You learn to focus your thoughts, a technique that has been proven to be helpful in labor and in dealing with pain. You also learn to follow the rhythms of the drum as you dance improvisationally - in much the same way, you will follow the rhythm of the contractions during labor. African dance instructors encourage the class to... read more

Hiking Mountains and Growing a Baby

By C. M. Paulson Web Exclusive - July 17, 2007 "Are you sure that you want to do this?" My husband's question while making final travel reservations increased my already growing nervousness. Our trip to Grand Canyon, Zion, and Bryce Canyon National Parks sounded amazing. I had never been to the area before and couldn't wait to take it all in. So, where did all of this apprehension come from? At the time of the trip, I would be five months pregnant and our daughter would be thirteen months old. Not what most people would call ideal traveling conditions. But we... read more

Mothering the Mother

Mothering the Mother: The Importance of Postpartum Care by Rev. Pilar (Ma’at) GrantNov 02, 2011 What is the Postpartum Period? As a midwife, I have worked with pregnant mothers and their families for over twenty years. I myself am a mother of seven amazing and beautiful human beings. During this time, I have witnessed as well as experienced how women are almost forgotten after the birth of their babies.  Postpartum, also called the fourth trimester, puerperium and postnatal is recognized as the period just after birth and the subsequent six weeks that follow.... read more

Honoring Our Cycles

By Katie SingerIssue 117, March/April 2003 [Author's note: This article is only an introduction to Fertility Awareness. It does not provide adequate information about using charts to prevent pregnancy. Interested readers should take a class and/or read a comprehensive book, such as Toni Weschler's Taking Charge of Your Fertility. See For More Information at the end of the article.] When Maria Simmons and Eric Hurley (not their real names) first got together, they didn't use birth control. "I thought I knew when I was fertile," Maria says. "I'd heard that the egg leaves... read more

Choosing a Childbirth Class

When you think of childbirth education classes, you may automatically think about being taught how to cope with labor by learning breathing techniques and how to control pain.Most childbirth education courses offer much more than this. You will find a broad range of them with different focal points and philosophies. Here are some of the things a childbirth class might offer:        Nutrition. You may be taught the basics about eating during pregnancy, or your class might go into a lot of detail about recommended vitamins, calorie requirements, and even recipe... read more

Natural Birth Tips From a Doula's Perspective

I am of course OBSESSED with natural birth.  Everybody really should be, because it is so awesome.  I am on the board of directors for an online birth education company and I teach classes and I blog about natural birth constantly.  But I am just a mom who has had some awesome birth experiences.  I was talking the other day to a doula friend of mine, Alexa Gumm, and asked her what SHE thought was most important for a mom planning a natural birth.  I LOVED her list of tips and wanted to share them with you.  (Of course, I couldn’t help but elaborate and add... read more

Vaginal Birth Triggers Brain Boost, C-Section Doesn't: Part of Nature's Plan for Intelligence?

Along with the cascade of benefits that most Mothering readers already know comes with vaginal birth, new research from Yale has identified yet another: vaginal birth triggers the expression of a protein in baby’s brain cells that optimizes development of the hippocampus — an area central to such “complex behaviors in the adult” as learning, memory, and stress response. C-section delivery may actually impair this protein’s expression. I find it of interest that earlier this year another study came out linking early nurturing by mothers with larger... read more

Birth Videos Are Not Gross

Photo by Ceci Jane Massa- There has been some media attention lately on the subject of the birth video.  More and more women are choosing to professionally photograph or record their birth experience.   I was really saddened by some of the comments on some of the mainstream media outlets about birth videos.  Over and over people were saying that they, “Didn’t want to see that!  GROSS!” or “That’s disgusting!”.  Others seemed to think that a woman who records her birth is somehow self-obsessed. For real women who choose to preserve their birth... read more

National Rally for Change: a full scale birth revolution on labor day

From the Improving Birth website: Take Action! – We need women, men and children to come stand in support of evidence based maternity care for everyone on September 3, 2012. The Rally will be held in locations all over the country as the launch to Empowered Birth Awareness Week. The Purpose – The National Rally for Change is to encourage and insist that all maternal healthcare providers practice evidence based care. On average it takes 20 years for proven research to become practice. For the sake of mothers and babies everywhere, we can’t wait... read more

Ecstatic Birth

Ecstatic Birth: The Hormonal Blueprint of Labor By Sarah J. BuckleyIssue 111, March/April 2002 Giving birth in ecstasy: this is our birthright and our body's intent. Mother Nature, in her wisdom, prescribes birthing hormones that take us outside (ec) our usual state (stasis) so that we can be transformed on every level as we enter motherhood. This exquisite hormonal orchestration unfolds optimally when birth is undisturbed, enhancing safety for both mother and baby. Science is also increasingly discovering what we realize as mothers- that our way of birth affects us... read more

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