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76 pregnancy article submissions by the Mothering community.

Birth Videos Are Not Gross

Photo by Ceci Jane Massa- There has been some media attention lately on the subject of the birth video.  More and more women are choosing to professionally photograph or record their birth experience.   I was really saddened by some of the comments on some of the mainstream media outlets about birth videos.  Over and over people were saying that they, “Didn’t want to see that!  GROSS!” or “That’s disgusting!”.  Others seemed to think that a woman who records her birth is somehow self-obsessed. For real women who choose to preserve their birth... read more

National Rally for Change: a full scale birth revolution on labor day

From the Improving Birth website: Take Action! – We need women, men and children to come stand in support of evidence based maternity care for everyone on September 3, 2012. The Rally will be held in locations all over the country as the launch to Empowered Birth Awareness Week. The Purpose – The National Rally for Change is to encourage and insist that all maternal healthcare providers practice evidence based care. On average it takes 20 years for proven research to become practice. For the sake of mothers and babies everywhere, we can’t wait... read more

Ecstatic Birth

Ecstatic Birth: The Hormonal Blueprint of Labor By Sarah J. BuckleyIssue 111, March/April 2002 Giving birth in ecstasy: this is our birthright and our body's intent. Mother Nature, in her wisdom, prescribes birthing hormones that take us outside (ec) our usual state (stasis) so that we can be transformed on every level as we enter motherhood. This exquisite hormonal orchestration unfolds optimally when birth is undisturbed, enhancing safety for both mother and baby. Science is also increasingly discovering what we realize as mothers- that our way of birth affects us... read more

Best Homebirth Articles and Discussions

  Aqua Baby: Birthing at Home Following the wonderful advice of a friend, I went to visit a midwife for my pregnancy. Her office walls were covered with a multitude of photos of babies she'd helped to deliver. I knew I had made the right choice.               Feature Articles Candles Not Required I am not the product of hippie parents and I don't consider myself righteous. Yet my child was born at home. Intentionally. Preparing the House for... read more

Bringing Homebirth into the Hospital

By Debby Titlebaum Neuman Issue 141 - March-April 2007 When I was pregnant with my first child, I knew that I wanted to birth at home. I also knew that in Israel, a country with socialized medicine, homebirth was costly. We couldn't afford it. So I became determined to do whatever it took to have a "homebirth" in the hospital. As I began reading natural birthing literature, I resolved to tap into my instincts, connect with my child, and ensure a delivery free of intervention. I realized that my chances of natural birth were greater with the right doula. Luckily, I... read more

On Birth and Parenting, ARE We Independent...Yet?

Moms and Dads, Who Is The Boss of You? The Force of Culture on Birth & Parenting Choices We all remember where we were when certain indelible events have happened in our country. This is because shock comes with biochemicals to make itself unforgettable, so we remember how to escape danger next time (think, saber-tooth tiger). I remember I was standing in my kitchen watching George Bush’s State of the Union address when he introduced as one of the United States’ most laudable figures Julie Aigner-Clark, the founder of Baby Einstein. As I freely... 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

Should Anti-Violence Efforts Begin In The Womb?

It’s hard to think of a baby being violent or destructive, but the seeds of violence may be planted before a child is born, according to research at the University of Pennsylvania School of Nursing. A study carried out there and reported last fall in the journal Aggression and Violent Behavior suggests that attention to health factors during prenatal development could prevent violence in later life. Citing recent research demonstrating a biological basis of crime, article author and Penn nursing assistant professor Jianghong Liu explains, “‘Biological’ does... 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

Slideshow: the birth of Amelie Josephine

Thank you to Shawna for sharing her birth story and slideshow with us–and to her photographer Chanda Willams who took the images found below. You can see more of Chanda’s work on her website at Beauty of Birth.    On September 21st, 2009 I became a mother for the first time after a ‘glowing’ 39 weeks of pregnancy. My son came into the world in a birth pool, in a hospital, after 3 short pushes and 16 hours of labor. It wasn’t easy, but I would not have described it as painful. Intense pressure, that for a short time felt almost unbearable – but... read more

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