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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. Baby
    Here's a guest post by Hailie Wolfe on a topic we all can relate to! Everyone poops. It's true. It's a normal, everyday part of life that we don't think twice about. Until we give birth and have our first postpartum poop. True Story -"When Abbie was one week old (Christmas Eve), Kevin went to...
  3. Other
    A four-year USA Today investigation asserts that the United States is the "most dangerous place to give birth in the developed world," and blames hospital oversight as the cause. As one of the wealthiest nations in the world with one of the most expensive health care systems, one would think...
  4. Pregnancy & Birth
    Epidurals are notoriously finicky and come with complications. Although it's not numbing, nitrous oxide (better known as laughing gas) can provide many of the benefits of an epidural without the risks. It's not uncommon for a laboring woman to get to about eight centimeters and feel like she...
  5. 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...
  6. Other
    It's all over the news - new mother and elite athlete Serena Williams has shared the trauma that accompanied the birth of her baby girl. Sadly, her story is not unique, and it's a problem that is far-too-often overlooked. Serena Williams recently shared in a telling interview with Vogue...
  7. Pregnancy & Birth
    As soon as you get pregnant, people start telling you their birth stories. Why aren't any of these inspiring? Throughout your youth and especially during your pregnancy, you do your best not to let the scary stories sink in, and you have your baby. Afterward, you tell your own story. What you...
  8. Pregnancy & Birth
    Did you "become a different person" when you were in labor? When we let our bodies lead, we're able to access inner strengths we didn't know we had. I can't enumerate how many times I've heard new parents express their discomfort with maternal actions during labor. Birth is intense, and most of...
  9. Pregnancy & Birth
    I started teaching a childbirth class in 2013 and since then, I've fielded a lot of questions about what I believe and what I teach. Specifically, if I believe our bodies were made to deliver babies naturally, why do I think anyone needs to be educated about it? If it's such a natural process...
  10. Other
    This California doctor is used to delivering babies, but the latest delivery she had was her own, and it happened in a moving car on a busy highway! California doctor and mom, Victoria Williams, has signed many a birth certificate as the delivering doctor. Last week, she had the unique...
  11. Baby
    Australian birth photographers capture the life-changing moment parents say hello to their babies for the first time. The First Hello Project was founded by Australian photographers, River Bennett and Bel Pangburn, after a couple glasses of wine and a conversation about their photography bucket...
  12. Other
    According to the World Health Organization (WHO), almost six million children under the age of five - and over 300,000 mothers - died from childbirth complications in 2015. WHO wants to cut these numbers down. It's a terrifying reality, and one I've personally experienced. My first son died due...
  13. I'm Pregnant
    Esali Birth is giving away (3) 3-month subscriptions for the Baby Basket childbirth prep system. You can enter and find more details here (or feel free to ask). Giveaway ends May 16, 2016 at 12:00am EST. (Must be within the continental US) The subscription boxes include access to the complete...
  14. Birth and Beyond
    Did sex get better for anyone after giving birth? I'm heard some women find it easier to orgasm after childbirth. You always hear about the opposite - that sex gets worse after a baby! I'm trying to do some research on the topic, so any insight/help would be welcome!
  15. I'm Pregnant
    I'm moving to Pueblo, CO soon--and already at 21 weeks! Looking for recommendations and advice on prenatal care! I've been looking at Pueblo Women's Center. Wanting to have natural birth, but needing provider covered by insurance (insurance won't cover a homebirth with midwife). Haven't been...
  16. Toys, Games, Books, Music and other Media
    I just published a birth affirmation coloring book that I have been working on and the copies are ready to ship. The book has 10 colorable images as well as a cover that can be colored. The book is great for meditation and relaxation in pregnancy and once they are colored, you can hang them in...
  17. Birth Stories
    On January 29th, I had my first baby! She is a sweet little girl named Missy and is the cutest bundle of joy in our lives. I had such a positive experience that I felt the need to share hoping that other expectant Mom's might have similar experiences. I feel like there were 4 main factors that...
  18. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
    Looking for recs of OBGYNs to care for Type I diabetic. A midwife in disguise would be ideal, someone who looks at the whole person. It's hard to have to pass off the benefits of midwifery care. Who can care for an otherwise very healthy Type I diabetic in pregnancy with dignity and options?
  19. Baby
    By Kate Abbott for Brain, Child: The Magazine for Thinking Mothers I had the Zoloft. I needed to take it. But I was still standing in my kitchen the day after seeing my nurse practitioner, holding a pill so small I could barely feel it on my palm. How could this pill be strong enough to pull me...
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