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Ewan's birth story: introduction

I’d like to introduce this blog by sharing with you a personal story, of how my son came into the world. Pregnancy and birth is where the amazing, life-changing journey of parenthood began for me. It also sowed the seeds of my writing. It is Ewan who continually reminds me to follow my instincts, who helps me to parent more naturally. My pregnancy and early labour were natural and gentle, with few medical interventions. Sadly, Ewan was eventually delivered by emergency caesarean section. As traumatic as this was, we were also relieved he was born a... read more

Vaginal Birth Triggers Brain Boost, C-Section Doesn't: Part of Nature's Plan for Intelligence?

Along with the cascade of benefits that most Mothering readers already know comes with vaginal birth, new research from Yale has identified yet another: vaginal birth triggers the expression of a protein in baby’s brain cells that optimizes development of the hippocampus — an area central to such “complex behaviors in the adult” as learning, memory, and stress response. C-section delivery may actually impair this protein’s expression. I find it of interest that earlier this year another study came out linking early nurturing by mothers with larger... read more


Have you heard the amazing story of the mom who gave birth in the car last week to unexpected breach twins? It was a VBAC. You just can’t help but marvel at birth: a breach VBAC of two babies on the way to the hospital because they came so fast. You tell me. Does that give you confidence in VBAC or what? VBAC SAFE We should have confidence in VBAC. The medical establishment maintains control by giving permission to women for a trial of labor, thereby eroding their confidence in their own autonomy. Policies by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists... read more

In America We Are Forcing Women to Have C-Sections

Joy Szabo got some bad news when she was seven months pregnant. Because she had had a previous C-section, the hospital where she was planning to deliver would not let her have a vaginal birth with her fourth child. Szabo’s story is written up on CNN’s Website (if you watch TV, you may have seen it on CNN as well): “Mom fights, gets the delivery she wants.” But the title of the article is misleading. The hospital and the doctor did not change their policy after the Szabos insisted. Instead, Szabo and her husband had to move six hours away to... read more

Another Strike Against C-Sections

A Team of Doctor Perform a C-section (the doctors are huddled around the woman's abdomen working to extract the baby, the mom's view is blocked by the blue barrier sheet) I was at my friend A.’s birth two years ago. After laboring all day and well into the night, A. was getting exhausted. The fetal monitor showed that the baby’s heart beat was dropping during contractions and the labor nurses, who called the doctor (she was at home sleeping), were starting to act worried. The doctor made the call: A. needed an “emergency” C-section. The... read more

The Epidemic of Unnecessary C-Sections

In my last post here at Mothering Outside the Lines I wrote about an amazing mom who decided to have a home birth to avoid a fourth C-section. I emailed Aneka’s story to my friend Denise who still has angry, unresolved feelings about a second C-section. Denise was fully dilated and pushing when the doctor told her there was “no way” the baby would be able to slip under her pubic bone. Any birthing woman is incredibly vulnerable. Her senses are heightened. She looks to those around her for support and love and encouragement. What if that doctor... read more

A VBAC Experience

Birthing Again: A VBAC Experience By Melissa Aberle-GrasseWeb Exclusive I lay on my bed in a square of moonlight, resting. Emma, only seven hours old, slept next to me, her hands folded together as if in meditation. Only my heart's pounding--not with anxiety, but with joy and power--broke the calm. Just hours ago, I had birthed this baby. No outside stimuli or interference, just me: the energy and knowledge of my body, and several strong assistants. That night stands so bright partly because this second birthing was so different from the first. My first baby was born... read more

Home Safe Home: A VBAC - My Way

By Rachel GathercoleIssue 110, January-February 2002 When I tell people I had a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean) and did it at home, they are often incredulous. "Is that safe?" they ask. "Did they know you'd had a cesarean before?" Perhaps in their minds they ask other questions: "What kind of quack let you do that?" "Are you crazy?" The truth is that many women have had home VBACs. And, although some people believe that we sacrificed safety to have our babies at home, nothing could be further from the truth. In fact, I believe that being at home actually made my... read more

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