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Coping with the Emotional Challenges of Miscarriage

By Norman Brier Web Exclusive Miscarriage--defined as an unintended ending of a pregnancy before the twentieth week of gestation--is a relatively frequent event that often produces a strong sense of bewilderment and marked feelings of distress. A woman who miscarries experiences several losses: the special attention and care she had been anticipating or receiving as a pregnant woman; the feeling of being one, a unity, with the developing fetus; the feeling of bodily adequacy related to the ability to bringing a pregnancy to term; and, especially, the times that were to... read more

Infant Mortality, Cesarean, and VBAC Rates

By Diana Korte Issue 89, July/August 1998 Considered the gold standard of a nation's health, the infant mortality rate refers to the number of babies who die in their first year of life per 1,000 births. Many developed countries keep track of their cesarean rates, but only a handful track VBACS. Most information in this chart is for 1994-1995. Exceptions are indicated. Most infant mortality statistics came from "Annual Summary of Vital Statistics--1995," by Bernard Guyer et al., Pediatrics 98, no.6 (1996). VBAC and cesarean information came... read more

Nonhospital VBAC and the Risk of Uterine Rupture

 By Diana Korte Issue 89, July-August 1998 You might be wondering why I've included information about nonhospital VBACS when the possibility of uterine rupture exists. The answer is that there will always be reasonable women who choose to have VBACS in out-of-hospital birth centers or at home. The fact is that there is less than a 1 percent chance of uterine rupture.1 (When obstetrician Bruce Flamm--a leading VBAC pioneer--and his colleagues evaluated the VBACS of 11,000 women in southern California in 1994, the rupture rate was .5 percent.) Thousands of... read more

A Homebirth with the Terminator

By Joanne RendellWeb Exclusive - January 8, 2007 Homebirth and Terminator movies are an unlikely double feature. Women don’t usually give birth to the strains of gun fire, screeching wheels, and Arnold Schwarzenegger’s “I’ll be back.” It’s an odd, perhaps ridiculous, scenario. Nevertheless, it’s what I did. So how, exactly, did a blockbuster action flick factor into my son’s birth? I suppose it started with the woman warrior. If I’d never seen that drawing his arrival would probably have been a more run-of-the-mill affair. I can’t remember exactly where I first spied... read more

An Interview With Ina May Gaskin

By Stacy Fine Web Interview - June 29, 2007 In August of 2003, the VBAC birth of my second child began at the Farm Midwifery clinic in Summertown, TN, attended by Pamela Hunt and Ina May Gaskin. I'll never forget the gold full moon of that soft humid night, and the natural sounds churning in the surrounding forest. My experience was deep and sexy. I was encouraged by the midwives to embrace labor's contractions as rushes. Indeed, this suggestion was transformative—pain turned to pleasure! While this labor progressed nicely, after 14 hours Ina May and Pamela said my... read more

Response to Vicky York's Night Doula Article

By Jackie KelleherWeb Exclusive I am a longtime reader of Mothering, and buy subscriptions for friends and clients. I love the way that Mothering makes me think and question myself. Vicky York's recent article on night doula support had just that effect on me. As a doula and board member for DONA International, I truly enjoyed the mirror that the article held before me. Below is my response. In my role as Director of Postpartum Services for DONA International, I am always pleased to find publications addressing doula services, especially in a publication as treasured... read more

Treating Group B Strep: Are Antibiotics Necessary?

Related Articles:Sidebar: Herbal Treatments for Group B Strep Sidebar: The Benefits Of A Probiotic Diet By Christa Novelli Issue 121, Nov/Dec 2003 Most women who have been pregnant in the last few years are familiar with the terms Group B Strep (for Group B Streptococcus), or GBS. The US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) recommend that all pregnant women be screened between weeks 35 and 37 of their pregnancies to determine if they are carriers of GBS. This is done by taking a swab of the... read more


By Naomi Goldberg Web Exclusive I was drowning in waves of nausea. I felt lousy, and then some. My stomach wasn't cooperating, but my appetite was, an irony that I felt too ill to appreciate. I figured there was nothing I could do but mope hungrily about, watching as my family scarfed down the bounty that a Sunday night barbeque had to offer. "Don't you want anything to eat?" my sister asked me, noticing my empty plate. "It's really good." "No thanks, I'm just here as a spectator," I replied. "Perhaps I'll eat later." Perhaps! My mind said bitterly. "Perhaps"-yeah... read more

Natural Parenting Toolbox: What to Look for/Ask When Choosing a Place of Birth

What to Look for, What to Ask, When Making Your Birthplace Choice What is your gut reaction to the environment? Does it feel warm? Do you feel welcomed? Do you like the people who are showing you around? Are they the same people you will have contact with during the birth? How does the facility look and sound? Is there a “hospital room” feeling? Is there street noise to deal with? Can the lights be dimmed during the birth? What is the facility’s policy on birth attendants? Can you include friends, children and relatives, or only your partner? If it is a hospital,... read more

Natural Parenting Toolbox: When Is Ultrasound Necessary/Unnecessary?

When is Ultrasound Neccessary? To quickly establish whether or not a fetus is still alive. When there is early bleeding, to predict if a miscarriage is happening. To confirm a suspected ectopic pregnancy (where the egg has implanted into a fallopian tube rather than the uterus), a blighted ovum (where a sac grows without an embryo inside it), or a molar pregnancy (where a “false” pregnancy grows inside the uterus), when used in conjunction with other tests. To determine the position of the baby during procedures such as amniocentesis and Chorionic Villus... read more

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