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  1. Baby
    As a new mom-to-be in 2011, there was no question in my mind that I would get an epidural when I went into labor. I did not trust myself to do it any other way, and I walked into the hospital knowing that I was going to get one. I was a young 25-year-old girl who lived far away from her family...
  2. Other
    Many woman desire intervention-free births, but only a small minority end up having the birth that they envisioned. A new Australian study sheds light on a variety of factors that may help to promote or prohibit "normal birth." The idea of a normal birth varies from woman to woman. While some...
  3. Other
    Back pain after birth is not incredibly uncommon. One mother just found the cause of her decade and a half of back pain: an epidural needle left in her back. Fourteen years ago, Amy Bright gave birth via a C-section to a beautiful baby boy named Jacob, her youngest of six children. Shortly...
  4. Pregnancy & Birth
    Expectant mothers everywhere breathe a collective sigh of relief! After all, research has illustrated that epidurals don't prolong labor, right? Not so fast! If you have been reading the news lately, you may have seen the headlines about epidurals. They read, "Good News: Epidurals May Not...
  5. Baby
    An Australian mother got the surprise of her life when she gave birth to a 13 lbs., 4 oz., little boy in January, after opting for a natural birth and no epidural! *******, Australia mother Natashia Corrigan was aware that her baby was probably going to be born a bit above average where weight...
  6. I'm Pregnant
    Hi - I am so glad to have stumbled across this website, I need some advice... so hoping there are some women out there to give some perspective. I am currently 22 weeks pregnant with my 2nd child. With my first, I had an epidural and spent 4 hours pushing and finally had vacuum assistance...
  7. Birth and Beyond
    I see this phrase over and over: "I begged for my epidural." Is that serious? Or just a phrase that people use? I was in labor for 60 hours, with a single shot of morphine after about 24 hours to give me a little break. Besides that, I just dealt with it. There was a lot of other stuff going...
  8. Other
    As long as our country continues to show up so poorly in world rankings on maternal health, I continue to run this article every year on America's birthday, hoping to illuminate issues around our perceived birth choices. Am I naive in thinking that individual independence around these issues can...
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