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34 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

Black Women DO VBAC!- An Interview With Birth Activist, Melek Speros

One of the wonderful things that my passion for natural birth has brought into my life is the chance to meet women from all over the country who otherwise I would never know.  I always come across women who are re-shaping and improving the birthing climate here in America and around the world.     At my most recent Birth Boot Camp birth instructor training I met just such a woman and I want to share the work she is doing with as many people as possible. Melek is working to reduce cesarean sections and increase VBAC among black women and I think we can help her do it... 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

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

A Healthy Dose of Birth Fear

  There was a time when I thought that the less you feared birth the better.     I'm not so sure anymore.   I used to think that women feared birth just because of the media and ugly stories they heard at baby showers and from their friends about inductions gone wrong and things that could have been prevented with a doula or a chiropractor.   I'm not so sure about that anymore either.   I used to think that an undisturbed birth was the best way to go and that the intrusion of the other or the expert would throw a kink in the works and make the... read more

Birth Activism That Works

  What Made YOU Care About Birth?   As mothers changed by birth it is natural to want to reach other people and help them have a wonderful birth experience. But before we get too riled up I think it is important to think back to what finally got our own attention and caused us to really care about birth in our world.   There are a million ways to reach out and affect change and different people approach this differently. For some media is their area of expertise. Think of Ricki Lake and her movie, “The Business of Being Born”. Ms. Lake was already an... read more

New Study Shows Midwife-Led Birth Centers Improve Outcomes

Talk about your birth plans in our Birthing forums!   Just out from the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC):   As health care costs and the rate of cesarean births for expecting mothers have escalated over the past two decades in the United States, a new study released today shows that women who receive care at midwife-led birth centers incur lower medical costs and are less likely to have cesarean births compared to women who give birth at hospitals.   Conducted by the American Association of Birth Centers (AABC) and published in the most... read more

Midwifery in the U.S.

May 03, 2011 by Geradine SimkinsPresident, and Interim Executive Director, Midwives Alliance of North America (MANA) This article is excerpted with permission of editor, Geradine Simkins, from "Into These Hands: Wisdom from Midwives." Published by Spirituality & Health Books, April 2011. Every new member of the human family arrives on Earth through the body of a woman. Each day on our planet, the majority of babies emerge from the waters of their mother’s womb into the hands of a midwife. Since the dawn of time, midwives have been receiving the generations into their... 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

Midwife Assisted Births Climbing in US

Excerpt from the TIME article “Midwife Mania? More U.S. Babies than Ever Are Delivered by Midwives,” June 25, 2012 In other developed nations, midwives are routinely tasked with bringing new life into the world. Not so in the U.S., where delivery is largely presided over by obstetricians. But a new study finds that midwives are getting busier, delivering 8.1% of the country’s babies in 2009 — a record high. Slice the data differently and the proportion rises even further. Consider vaginal births only — midwives don’t do cesarean... read more

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