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568 pregnancy article submissions by the Mothering community.

Talking With Ricki Lake After The Business of Being Born

By Jessica WIlliams for kidsinthehouse.com   Ricki Lake and Abby Epstein made a big impact with The Business of Being Born. We were fortunate enough to interview Ricki Lake for KidsintheHouse.com and she discussed single parenting, home birth and her follow up documentary, More Business of Being Born.   Ricki shared her desire to educate women on their options by making The Business of Being Born: “I wanted to show the world that I was more than just ‘Hoochie Mommas’ and ‘Baby Daddies.’ So I really took a hard look at myself and what I wanted to do with my career... 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

Preparing for Postpartum: Surprises

By Olivia Hinebaugh     I remember being pregnant with my first. It was hard for my brain to truly comprehend that I was going to have a baby. Even after the initial ultrasound, it took me a few months to really “get” that I was pregnant. In the last months of pregnancy, I knew labor was going to happen. I devoted a lot of time reading about it, attending childbirth classes, and watching birth videos. It wasn’t until the last weeks that I really believed, “Wow, I’m going to be in labor. I’m going to give birth. There’s going to be a baby in my arms.”    Because of... read more

Preparing for Postpartum: Gathering your Support Circle

By Olivia Hinebaugh     A lot of new moms feel like they could use more help in those first few weeks. I wish I had thought about who I might need or want to talk to in those emotional, sleepy, overwhelming days.   Bottom line: you deserve and need help.   And you may need help in areas you hadn’t considered. Here are some roles you should try to enlist your friends and family to fill.   Your partner. If you have a partner in life and parenthood, you are obviously going to be leaning on them a lot during this time. Communicate with them. Tell them when you are... read more

Emotional Prep For Birth: Letting Go

(Picture property of Birth Boot Camp, used with permission.)   So you are having a baby.   And you are stressed out.     Because that baby has to come out of your body and everybody says it hurts and it will be AWFUL and, oh my goodness!  You can't even sleep anymore.  How are you supposed to emotionally "prepare" for that?   I was asking some birth professionals what they thought I should write about over here at Mothering and the very first suggestion (from a midwife no less) was emotional preparation for birth and a reminder that stress can cause you to... read more

The Wound of Mother-Newborn Separation

As I contemplate the 23rd anniversary of my daughter's birth this week, my thoughts go back to the oh-so-tender moments surrounding birth. How powerful they are, for mothers and for babies. (And for fathers, but that's for another day!) How imprints from these moments can mark us lifelong.   After Eve was born, she never left my side during our 24-hour ABC room stay. This in contrast to my son Ian's birth, when I gave in and allowed them to whisk him away to the newborn nursery (against the strong advice of his progressive pediatrician, Jay Gordon). With Ian I was in... read more

Five Factors to Consider when Choosing a Childbirth Class

    Thank you to Lamaze International for this guest article.   By Allison J. Walsh, IBCLC, LCCE, FACCE   Just as every pregnancy and birth is unique, so too is every childbirth class. While the options available to you may seem overwhelming, it is important to do your homework. A good childbirth class can not only prepare you for labor, it can expand your personal view of birth, lessen your fears and, most importantly, build your confidence in yourself and your body. To find one that works for you, take into account the following five factors.   1.... read more

The Lies We Live With

By Sheryl Paul Around the sixth month of my pregnancy with my second son, my hip locked up to the point of debilitating pain. I had experienced something similar in my first pregnancy, but the second time was more extreme and I knew I needed help. I booked an appointment with a bodyworker and hobbled my way to his office. He asked if I was enjoying my pregnancy and I said, “I love that I’m pregnant but I hate being pregnant.” He laughed and said that when his wife was miserably pregnant he conducted an informal poll asking pregnant women everywhere if they enjoyed it.... read more

Breathing During Labor & Birth: What You Need to Know

  If you’ve ever heard of Lamaze, chances are you’ve also heard that they are the “breathing” childbirth education group (hee-hee, hoo-hoo). Over the years, however, Lamaze has evolved into a comprehensive approach to childbirth, part of which includes comfort measures for labor; breathing is just one of the suggested comfort measures. So what does it mean to “breathe” during labor? Here’s a little on what you should know (excerpted from The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence by Judith A. Lothian and Charlotte DeVries):   Breathing in Pregnancy:  A... read more

Fathers: You Play a Key Role in a Safe and Healthy Birth

  Lamaze International Offers Five Tips for Expectant Dads to Prepare for Labor and Birth   When it comes to childbirth, popular media often love to portray fathers as helpless and incompetent during labor and birth.  When labor starts, the mother-to-be calmly manages her contractions as the dad sets into a panic, leaving behind the pre-packed bag, taking a wrong turn to the hospital, or running the halls searching for a nurse.   In reality, dads often play a critical role in supporting mothers during pregnancy and birth and advocating for safe care.  As Father’s Day... read more

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