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31 pregnancy article submissions by the Mothering community.

Breech Birth: Why Can't Women Have it Their Way?

                                      I am excited to share a piece today from a friend of mine, Lauren.  Lauren immediately caught my attention when I met her.  Easily one of the most passionate and knowledgeable breech experts out there, she is doing some amazing work on her website (www.MyBreechBaby.org) making information about breech birth options more available to women everywhere.     She echos many of my own feelings regarding how sad it is that physicians are not even well trained in breech delivery these days.  How tragic that a... read more

Help! Advice for Turning a Breech Baby?

By Brian Leaf   Hello Mothering Community,   In these posts, I usually relate humorous conversations that I've had with my boys about peeing in public or why I have pubic hair.   But today, I need your advice and wisdom.   On my lunch break, I bumped into a friend. He told me that his wife is breech and scheduled for a C-section later in August. She’s devastated. He said she has low amniotic fluid so they can’t physically turn the baby.   So my question for you, dear Mothering community, is what can she do? Do you have experiences with... read more

Ina May Gaskin Reviews Groundbreaking Book, The Heart in the Womb

About The Heart in the Womb: An Exploration into the Roots of Human Love and Social Cohesion   Modern-day life and our highly stressed, “risk-averse” society has led to a medicalised, fearful model of childbirth, one that has stripped the process of its wondrous magic. In this groundbreaking book, consultant obstetrician Dr Amali Lokugamage discusses ways in which every woman can aim to give birth in the most natural, supportive way possible, and looks at the wider implications for society at large.    This book includes a foreword by Dr Luke Zander, founder of... read more

Untrue Assumptions About Homebirth

By Megan Leary   Out of all of my hippie ways, I surprisingly get the fewest inquiries as to why I decided to birth from home.  My theory is that people have already decided that homebirth is a bad thing and do not want to broach the topic in order to avoid awkwardness.  However, if you are one of these people I want you, most of all, to ask me about my decision.  If you have a hard time understanding why a mother might choose to homebirth, it is likely you are drawing conclusions about birthing at home from assumptions that are simply not true.    The most... read more

Harlem Shake- The Mother -Friendly Water Birth Version!

Maybe you have noticed one of the latest YouTube phenomenons- the Harlem Shake.  There are dozens of them online.  They all start in a similar way- one person dancing and then- BOOM- a room fool of craziness and chicken suits.     But of course, for any true birth nut a Harlem Shake fad wouldn't be complete without a NATURAL BIRTH version.   I have this crazy friend Shannon who of course MADE one and it is hilarious.  It has everything you need in a natural birth version of the Harlem Shake- a water birth, (look closely!) some hands and knees contractions,... read more

Birth Requires Work

    Sometimes it seems that everybody wants something for nothing. Free advice all over the internet just there for the taking.  Free information.  Free samples, free printers, free encyclopedias and even religions.  I hate to rain on the parade, but I don't think there is a such thing as something for nothing.  Sadly, on this one point, my hubby just might be right- "You get what you pay for." The recent reports of that gal Jessica Simpson and her elective c-section to "avoid" labor pain (this isn't about JS so please don't comment about her.  Hold... read more

The Birth Center Study- Hope For Lowering the Cesarean Rate

        Today something wonderful happened for birth in the United States of America. The American Association of Birth Centers posted an easy to read explanation of The National Birth Center Study II- a comprehensive research study detailing the clinical experience of birthing in a birth center.  The study was published yesterday in The Journal of Midwifery and Women's Health.     Oh, and that experience is truly fabulous.   When I found myself pregnant with my second baby in Dallas Texas I didn't feel that hospital birth was the best option for me.... read more

5 Easy Ways to Boost Your Labor Confidence

By Shannon K. Valenzuela, LCCE     I always tell my students that birth is 90% mental.  I don't know if they entirely believe me, but after having six babies of my own, I'm convinced that this is true.  You don't have to be a marathon runner or in peak physical shape to give birth, but if you're mentally unprepared for the demands of labor, birth is so much more difficult.  And if you want to give birth naturally, boosting your labor confidence is even more important.   With that in mind, try these five easy ways to enhance your mental preparation for labor... read more

Honestly- Natural Birth ROCKS

Written by Mothering contributor Sarah Clark.   I know there is a lot of this mentality out there: "I'm OK.  You're OK.  There are no wrong choices, just choices.  Do what works for you." You are going to hate me, but that just isn't how my mind works.  I have a more black and white view of the world.  I know, so old fashioned, I still believe in right and wrong.  This isn't to say that I think I am better than somebody because I think I did the right thing and I think they did the wrong thing.  Quite the contrary.  I am fully aware of the FACT that I do... read more

What Do I Pack For A Hospital Birth

So many times women who are planning on delivering in a hospital ask, "What should I be packing for my hospital bag?". Many people have different things depending on what they prefer but the expectations are pretty simple for the most part. I have only ever had vaginal births so this article is based around a vaginal birth expectation. First of all, depending on where you are delivering, in the United States hospitals usually provide a lot of items that you and your baby will need for those few days you are staying there. A woman in Canada told me once that the... read more

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