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  1. Baby
    When you bring your little one into the world, the last thing you're probably expecting is for anything to go wrong and require the services of Neonatal Intensive Care (NICU). But, such is quite often the case for many mamas and their babies, and having a baby in NICU is an experience that's...
  2. Baby
    Did you know that women who experience cesarean birth (c-section) are less likely to have another baby? Cesarean sections impact far more than the birth experience- they impact fertility too. This post first appeared on the Mama Birth Blog. I talked to not one but two women this week who...
  3. 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...
  4. Birth and Beyond
    Hi I'm training to be a doctor and I'm conducting a piece of research on cesarean sections as the C-section rate is growing year on year yet there hasn't been much of an improvement in newborn and maternal mortality rates. Not looking to start a debate just wanting some honest views to help...
  5. Baby
    My beautiful children don't remember how they came into this world, but like most mothers, I do. My daughter was born on a cold spring morning four years ago, after almost thirty-five hours of natural labor. My son came rushing into this big world almost two years ago. I went through transition...
  6. Green Goods
    By Melissa Brennan, The Attached Family, reprinted with permission by Attachment Parenting International. My name is Melissa, and I am a mama to four kiddos. I've been an Attachment Parenting mama since before I knew it was a phrase. For me, having the "perfect birth" with my first baby was The...
  7. Green Goods
    You know you care too much about birth when your husband buys you a book called, "Cut It Out: The C-section Epidemic in America," as a gift and you take a selfie with it because you are so excited. That's me. Like anyone, I am a busy mom. When I finally got down to reading, "Cut It Out," by...
  8. Pregnancy & Birth
    I am lucky and I know it. I have had two very healthy, normal pregnancies. Getting pregnant was no problem and I honestly had very little pregnancy symptoms. I mean, not to say I skipped through it all, but I rarely felt nauseous, my blood pressure always remained very low and my energy levels...
  9. Pregnancy & Birth
    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...
  10. Birth and Beyond
    <p>This is just a hypothetical question.  I'm interested in the motivations behind how we judge information.</p> <p> </p> <p>If you happened to see strong supporting evidence that proved <em>to you</em> that giving birth via scheduled c-section at 39 weeks is now safer/better for mom and baby...
  11. Pregnancy & Birth
      All women everywhere, no matter how they birth, should be treated with respect and care. I think that this - respectful, gentle birth care - is probably something that every birth advocate wants for women. That is why we are in this business, why we work hard to do what we do. And so, when...
  12. Birth and Beyond
    <p>I was hoping to find a way of making my possible decision to do a c-section more evidence based on my personal body and not statistics, liabilities, and birth professionals polarized one way or the other by politics and ideologies. Right now, my intuition is that I should NOT try natural...
  13. Pregnancy & Birth
        Today something wonderful happened for birth in the United States of America. The American Association of Birth Centers posted an easy to read explanation of The National Birth Center Study II - a comprehensive research study detailing the clinical experience of birthing in a birth...
  14. Pregnancy & Birth
    There is (rightly) a lot of buzz these days around the insidious, incremental erosion of a woman's right to choose whether she will give birth to a child she has conceived, but virtually nobody is talking about the drastic erosion of a woman's right to choose how she will give birth to her term...
  15. Pregnancy & Birth
      (Contributed by Sarah Clark)   Failure to progress.   Oft named as a reason for cesarean. Oft mentioned to the supine mom in the hospital as she is encouraged to get her epidural and "relax". By the naysayers in the natural birth community, it is often renamed, Failure to be Patient or...
  16. Birth Stories
    My first birth experience happened in a baby friendly hospital with the lights turned low, a nurse reminding me that "my body was made to do this", and resulted in the vaginal delivery of a 6 pound 4 ounce girl after just five hours of labour and fentanyl and gas for pain relief. There were...
  17. Pregnancy & Birth
    Mothering the Mother: The Importance of Postpartum Care by Rev. Pilar (Ma'at) Grant Nov 02, 2011   What is the Postpartum Period?   As a midwife, I have worked with pregnant mothers and their families for over twenty years. I myself am a mother of seven amazing and beautiful human beings...
  18. Pregnancy & Birth
    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...
  19. VBAC
    <p>Hi!</p> <p> </p> <p>I just recently gave birth to me first child, a beautiful baby girl on February 4, 2012. My doctor insisted that I needed to be induced and after putting it off for about a week I was induced. It was not what  I expected, I had planned to go all natural but when I stopped...
  20. Opinion
    <!-- AddThis Button Begin -->   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...
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