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568 pregnancy article submissions by the Mothering community.

Remembering Pregnancy Loss

  October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. This is a tough subject of course. I want to start with the disclaimer that I realize everyone copes in his or her own way when grieving a pregnancy loss. I’m sharing my own experiences.   I think it’s difficult for people to understand what it is like to lose a baby as early as I did. My miscarriages were at 6 weeks and just barely past 4 weeks. While I hate categorizing losses on a scale from hard to unimaginable pain, surely these experiences were not as awful as they could have been. And yet...   In... read more

Director of Birth Story on Mothering While Filmmaking

  Sara Lamm shares her thoughts on creativity   After I watched the documentary Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and the Farm Midwives, I felt inspired and grateful. I also felt curious just how Ina May and the other Farm midwives who were mothers did their work while mothering and how the two directors made the film with toddlers in tow and a baby on the way.   Available now at birthstorymovie.com, the film was released to the public in April 2013 after premiering at the 2012 Los Angeles Film Festival, where it won the Audience Award.   It was a real treat to have... read more

Optimal Cord Clamping Gives Your Baby A Boost!

By Jessica Williams for kidsinthehouse.com   From the moment Daddy or your birth partner cuts your newborn’s umbilical cord, your infant begins her life as an autonomous being. Both symbolically and literally, your baby will now seek nourishment as a being separate from you. While the act of cutting the umbilical cord can be filled with meaning, there are practical elements to consider.   Dr. Alan Greene, author of Raising Baby Green and Feeding Baby Green, is at the forefront of a movement called TICC TOCC, which seeks to educate parents about the importance of... read more

Ten Must-Haves for Your Home Birth

  There’s a lot more to prepare when you are planning a home birth. It isn’t a matter of having your hospital bag packed. You need to have your space prepared.   I’ve created a list of things that I found helpful during my labor and delivery at home.   1. All supplies recommended by your midwife This is probably obvious. I ordered all my supplies from Precious Arrows. Look over the list, though. You may want more of some things, for example: those mesh panties that you can toss after you wear them. Some moms love them, others hate them. I loved them and was sad I... read more

IUDs: Benefits and Risks of Using Mirena or ParaGard for Birth Control

  What is an Intrauterine Device (IUD)? IUDs are small T-shaped plastic devices that are are either wrapped in copper or contain small amounts of synthetic hormones. Once inserted into the uterus they are highly effective in preventing pregnancy. There are several types of intrauterine devices. This article looks briefly at the two most popular brands, ParaGard and Mirena, as well as some of the known benefits and side effects of these devices.    The Good and the Bad: the benefits and negatives of IUDs at a glance   Benefits up to 99% effective in preventing... read more

Birth in the 1950s and 60s: Interview with My Grandmother

                       Almost three years ago, I took a doula training workshop through DONA. As part of the preparation for this workshop, we were required to interview a mother from an older generation about her birth experiences. I'm not sure I ever would have thought to do this if it weren't for this assignment and I am infinitely glad I did. I interviewed my maternal grandmother, Mary Kay, about my mother Susan's birth and about my aunt Barbara's birth as well. She was eager to share her experiences, and I, in turn, am eager to share them with you.   Susan's... read more

The Lifelong Power of Birth Imprints

I cannot let Empowered Birth Awareness Week close without reflecting on the fact that birth leaves powerful lifelong imprints. Our empowerment lies in becoming aware of them and from understanding that these birth imprints are always available to be revised, renegotiated and healed. In a moment I will share for the first time ever the story of my son's birth imprint and its powerful healing.   Birth Imprints Birth is one of our most momentous embodied experiences. And even though we don’t consciously remember this huge event in our lives, each of us carries the story... read more

What to Buy Before Baby Arrives: 25 Truly Useful Items for Infant and Postpartum Care

  Recently a story about Baby Boxes given to new moms in Finland hit the news and struck a chord. The concept of one box packed full of everything a new mama needs for herself and baby is a great one and we wondered -- what would Mothering mamas put in such a box? What would really be useful to a new parent?    So we went ahead and asked our readers and here are the results -- the ultimate Mothering baby box packed full of helpful, safe and natural items to grab before the little one arrives!   Clothes and Baby Care   Under... read more

Labor Day rallies call for "Improving Birth"

                  D.C. birth activists rally in front of U.S. Capitol   In more than 170 cities in the U.S. Japan, Australia and Canada, birth activists held Labor Day rallies to advocate for “evidenced-based care for all moms and babies.” Organized by volunteers on behalf of ImprovingBirth.org, more than 12,000 people were expected to come out in support of improved maternal healthcare in the U.S., which ranks 45th in maternal safety, according to the United Nations.   Two of the local coordinators were Nicole Bruno, a doula and Bradley Method teacher, and Kelli... read more

More Principles for an Empowered Birth

I believe that all women, consciously or not, participate in a collective knowing about the empowerment we might claim in birthing our babies. But instead of empowered birth, as birth anthropologist Robbie Davis-Floyd has so thoroughly researched, the majority of women have a birth experience that is demoralizing and dispiriting. And that gets parenting off to a less-than-peaceful start!   So to add to the first batch, to further enrich Empowered Birth Awareness Week, here are yet more ways to engage Parenting for Peace principles to up your odds of having an empowered... read more

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