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  1. I'm Pregnant
    I live in benewah county idaho and I am searching for a midwife. I want someone who will be very hands off durring the birthing process, and just let me do my thing without wanting to check me every ten minutes. Any recommendations would be amazing!
  2. Baby
    Courtney Alva, doula, doesn't leave moms side. Courtney is a doula in the Houston, TX area. (Photo credit: Bump 2 Baby Birth Photography) When I first started teaching natural birth classes, years ago, I rarely mentioned doulas in my class. I personally had never had a doula at any of my births...
  3. Homebirth
    I'm 34, 17 weeks pregnant with #6 and planning my second home birth with a CPM. My last appointment, I measured 4-5cm ahead and my midwife was a bit surprised, asked if I was sure of my dates(I'm very sure) but said we'd see where I was next visit. I'm going in tomorrow for another visit and...
  4. Pregnancy & Birth
    Births don't always go according to plan. This mama's homebirth plans changed rapidly when her midwife dropped her from care at 38 weeks. We all have a particular plan in mind when we envision our births, and changing those plans abruptly can be hard to accept. Autumn Reese, a mom of two from...
  5. Pregnancy & Birth
    This German mother of six gives new meaning to natural birth, as she shares a video of her unassisted home birth in her children's playground. Mothering viewers may not be as surprised as the rest of the world to read about Sarah Schmid. The 36-year-old mother of six is known for her extensive...
  6. Pregnancy & Birth
    A family dog in Texas became a very special doggy doula when he helped keep a watchful eye over his mama as she birthed his new little 'sister.' Homebirths are special. Mama's family rallies around her and helps welcome the newest bundle of joy into the tribe. For Brooke Ellington, a mom in...
  7. Green Goods
    In many cultures, the weeks following the birth of a baby are rich with ceremonies and traditions allowing new mothers an opportunity to heal. I will never forget a birth story I heard years ago. The mother shared that she gave birth to her son in the morning and was back on the floor for her...
  8. Other
    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...
  9. Other
    An Arkansas homebirth midwife is facing disciplinary action for honoring the wishes of her client to decline a vaginal exam during pregnancy. Many pregnant women seeking to minimize medical interventions during pregnancy turn to home births. With the hope that they will be able to make informed...
  10. Other
    If you think you've heard it all when it comes to amazing birth stories, this one might just blow your mind. It's about a Nashville woman who gave birth all by herself in an Istanbul hotel room. Tia Savonne Freeman, a 22-year-old U.S. Air Force senior airman, was in "denial" about her...
  11. 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...
  12. Pregnancy & Birth
    Fox Valley Birth And Baby is a doula and photography agency that specializes in helping pregnant mamas create beautiful memories. Based in Northeast Wisconsin, Fox Valley Birth and Baby is run by four passionate moms who have attended nearly 300 births combined. Their work has garnered media...
  13. Pregnancy & Birth
    Whether you had a hospital birth, a home birth, or something in between, you will fall in love with these beautifully intimate photos that invite us to Baby's first homecoming. A home birth is a birth that takes place in a residence, not a hospital. It can be done on the bed, in the tub...
  14. Pregnancy & Birth
    Anyone who has experienced childbirth can tell you that it's hard. Here is an affirmation for when you feel defeated. Natural birth proponents often compare drug-free birth to running a marathon. It's not easy, but you can do it, and you feel great about it afterwards! One of the aspects of...
  15. Pregnancy & Birth
    For the birth of her third child, Kathleen Fleury, a busy working mother from coastal Maine, decided to put hypnobirthing to the test. This is her story. For the birth of my third child, my birthing cave was decorated just as I had imagined: soft chiffon ribbons of fabric were draped across my...
  16. 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...
  17. 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...
  18. Pregnancy & Birth
    I recently interviewed Emilee Saldaya, the mama-to-be behind Free Birth Society, an underground tribe of women dedicated to exercising complete authority in their pregnancy and childbirth experiences. Here's what Saldaya has to say: Q 1. What is a free birth? A. Free Birth is really just...
  19. New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania
    Hello. I am an experienced homebirth midwife with a New York State Midwife License #1700 , who is relocating to Queens. I am 61 years young and have attended 900 homebirths, all with good outcomes. I look forward to hearing from women who are interested in having an inexpensive homebirth in...
  20. 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...
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