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  1. Pregnancy & Birth
    Precipitous labor is labor that lasts for less than three hours. Fast labor means less time in pain, and you get to hold your baby sooner. It also means more intensity and less preparation time. Ashley's contractions started at 5:30 A.M. While she and her husband were waiting for her parents to...
  2. Pregnancy & Birth
    "In Between" by Daniela Justus of Daniela Justus Fotografia Those fortunate enough to witness the sacred space that surrounds birth will attest to its miraculous nature. Lucky are the handful of photographers who are welcomed into this intimate experience with families. The International...
  3. Pregnancy & Birth
    It seems like nine months should be long enough to prepare for birth, but it's not. In fact, even though there are days you think your pregnancy may never end, the time comes where you can't even believe you got there that quickly. And don't be surprised if you think you have it all planned out...
  4. Birth Professionals
    Hey everyone I was hoping to start a new thread on suggestions and reviews of midwifery schools, programs, self-study and the like. I'm trying to decide the best route for me as a 19 year old trying to become a midwife and I would love and appreciate any help and advice I can get ! Thanks in...
  5. Life With a Baby
    Hey lovely mommas! I am conducting a quick online survey as part of my thesis in Psychology at Pitzer College. The goal of this survey is to learn more about mothers’ birthing experiences and give you all a platform to share thoughts and feelings regarding yours. All responses will be completely...
  6. Birth and Beyond
    Hey lovely mommas! I am conducting a quick online survey as part of my thesis in Psychology at Pitzer College. The goal of this survey is to learn more about mothers’ birthing experiences and give you all a platform to share thoughts and feelings regarding yours. All responses will be completely...
  7. Pregnancy & Birth
    One year ago I was in the middle of a prodromal labor saga with my third baby. My first baby was born four days past his due date, my second a week before hers so I never expected to go almost two weeks past my third baby's due date. The hardest part was not just the waiting, but the prodromal...
  8. Pregnancy & Birth
    It's no secret, the US ranks low in terms of maternal and fetal outcomes compared to other industrialized countries. The maternity care system, though expensive and well-educated, needs improvement. Mothers may feel they are at the mercy of the system, but are more powerful than they realize as...
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    A new study might change the way labor induction is handled in the United States, but some say that may not necessarily be a good thing. Babies arrive earthside in all sorts of ways. Ideally, labor begins naturally with uterine contractions or a woman's water spontaneously breaking, thus...
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    There are inherent risks in pregnancy and birth. The death of an Indian woman following a home birth is raising questions about accountability. The death of a 28-year-old private school teacher is making headlines throughout India. On July 22nd, a woman identified as K. Krithiga from the South...
  11. Baby
    There is a common scene in our culture that can be found in the minutes and hours after a baby is born. The recovery room and sometimes even the birthing room is filled with loved ones, piling in to see the baby's first moments outside of the womb. While this visitation is well-intentioned, I...
  12. 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...
  13. Pregnancy & Birth
    A new study offers reassurance for women who want to have a water birth. In fact, doing so might help avoid an epidural. An increasing number of hospitals are offering women the option of laboring in a warm tub. However, not all facilities allow the actual birth to occur in the water, citing...
  14. 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...
  15. Baby
    There is a myriad of postpartum traditions from every corner of the world. From ceremonies to special food, and from helpful family members to unique gifts, these are some of the special traditions that mothers and their loved ones experience around the world. In North America, we have our...
  16. Pregnancy & Birth
    James Van Der Beek shares a glimpse into his family's beautifully chaotic home birth. There are few things that Mothering loves more than skin-to-skin contact, delayed cord clamping, and the home birth of a healthy baby. Apparently, James Van Der Beek and his wife Kimberly feel the same. The...
  17. Pregnancy & Birth
    The ideal birth partner is someone who is 100% behind your plans and wishes for childbirth. For me, that someone was my husband. I feel incredibly lucky that my husband was a rockstar birth partner and took a tremendous interest in the details surrounding our sons' births. From planning an...
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    According to a report from the Utah Department of Health, the face of birthing has drastically changed in Utah over the last 15 years. A growing number of women are choosing to give birth outside of a hospital setting. In fact, according to a 2016 study that examined birthing trends, 60,000...
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    For the majority of expecting women, having their partner present at birth is not even a question. However, for military families, it's often not an option. Emotions run high during pregnancy, thanks in part to those funny little things called hormones. This was certainly the case for...
  20. Other
    A new study offers further insight for women who want to try for a vaginal birth after a previous cesarean section. When envisioning birth, the majority of pregnant women hope for a peaceful vaginal delivery, void of complications, and according to their birth plan. However, anyone who has ever...
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