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  1. Pregnancy & Birth
    I knew little about birth when I first became pregnant. Sifting through my friends' stories helped me make good decisions about my birth. When I became pregnant, I certainly didn't know what kind of birth I wanted. Actually, I had assumed that whatever happened during birth was out of anyone's...
  2. Pregnancy & Birth
    You don't give up your bodily autonomy or your basic human rights just because you're pregnant. Here are some facts and tips on birthing without violations to your dignity. Your rights as a patient are the same as your rights as a person. This means that no matter what the policy is, or what...
  3. Pregnancy & Birth
    Birth is notoriously difficult to control. The most thought-out and detailed birth plan can become a lost cause, but there are three powerful things you can control. Your birth experience will affect how you feel about yourself, your child, and your ability to parent. I have a working theory...
  4. Pregnancy & Birth
    To say that I was naïve during my first pregnancy is an understatement. But then again, who really knows what they are doing before having a baby? I swear that I must have been a Boy Scout in a former life because I live their motto day-in-and-day-out: Be prepared. When I became pregnant for...
  5. Pregnancy & Birth
    Sometimes the best-laid plans do not materialize in the way that you had hoped, which is often the case during birth. A new study finds that a third of women in Ireland who wanted home births ended up delivering in a hospital. I remember the day well. It was a cold, but bright, February...
  6. Pregnancy & Birth
    Every woman deserves to birth exactly the way that she wants. This Mom did just that, and she's sharing her inspirational story with us. There are very few births that go according to plan. No one knows this more than Marissa Heckel. Three years ago, this mom from Columbus Grove, Ohio, had an...
  7. Pregnancy & Birth
    Birth plans are important and popular, but writing them can also have unintended consequences. Consider these six tips while you plan your birth. 1. Be mindful of making a plan that will feel good no matter what. Too often I hear about people who wrote a birth plan only to painfully watch each...
  8. North and South Carolina and Tennessee
    Have you ever wondered if you have other choices in childbirth? Have you wanted to make more informed decisions about your care while pregnant? Did you ever want to know more about what local resources are in your community to support women during pregnancy and birth? Want to feel more empowered...
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