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76 pregnancy article submissions by the Mothering community.

Preparing Your Child to Attend a Sibling's Birth

By Olivia Hinebaugh     I knew when I found out I was pregnant for the second time that I wanted my son to be included in as much of the pregnancy and birth as possible. I grew up knowing all about pregnancy and birth thanks to my mother’s career as a childbirth educator. I think it really helped me in how I viewed birth and pregnancy as a natural healthy period in a woman’s life. I want my children to view birth similarly and I wanted my son to be with me throughout the process.   This is not for everyone, but if you want to include your child in the birth of... read more

"But, isn’t home birth unsafe and totally insane?"

  When my wife and I first contemplated a home birth, many folks we knew asked, “But, isn’t home birth unsafe and totally insane?”   I don’t think it is. If we look historically, home birth has been practiced in 99.999 percent of the births since humans began walking upright. Jimmy Carter was actually the first US president not to be born at home.      What about safety?       In the UK, the very reputable National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence reports that mortality during home births is the same as it is for hospital births. And Holland reports... 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

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

The First Birth Matters (More Than You Think)

  Birth is sacred.  It is the transition from couple to family, from woman to mother, from one to two.   Birth is also, for most of us, a touch scary.  It is still, after all these millennia, a mystery in many ways.  And so, it is somewhat natural to dismiss the first birth.  People often say things like, “Well maybe with the next one I will…(try to go natural, have a home birth, take a birth class, hire a doula, etc.) but with this birth we will just see what happens.”   While I understand the sentiment I must issue a warning cry against simply dismissing the... 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

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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