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What Natural Childbirth Is REALLY Like

One woman shares her experience of joy, pain, exhaustion, and more pain—and explains why she'd do it all over again.<p>When my editor first reached out to me with the idea of describing my drug-free childbirth, I was so close to turning her down. That’s because, honestly, it was painful beyond …

Beautifully-Animated Infographics Designed by Eleanor Lutz

Eleanor Lutz is a designer whose knowledge of molecular biology and love of science is translated into beautifully-designed infographics. Her colorful and educational images contain interesting bits of information about how the human body works and birds fly, but with a novel twist – they're …

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Breastfeeding is everyone's business | Jenn Anderson | TEDxBrookings

C-Section Rates Continue to Decline in the US

The percentage of babies delivered by cesarean section in the United States has increased dramatically over the past several decades, but that trend …

Care models that work: Community-Based Doulas

<i>This post is part four in a 10-part series on care model innovation.</i><p><b>What good could come from childbirth?</b><p>It almost seems ludicrous to ask <i>what good</i> …

5 New Mom Myths

The letters keep coming to our advice column on PsychCentral. New moms wonder if there is something wrong with them if they aren’t over the moon …

“You sat in the splash zone”: The messy truth about breast-feeding

<b>(hotboiled via iStock)</b><p>I loved breast-feeding, but let’s not romanticize it. For me, it involved comedy, a new immodesty — and attachment<p>Kathleen Founds<p>October 19, 2014 11:00pm (UTC)<p>Breast-feeding advocates (and I count myself in their number) are eager to evangelize. We promote the image of a …

New Research: Direct Correlation Between Labor Pain Medications and Breastfeeding

By on15 May 2014 in Uncategorized<p><i>Jennifer Lind, PharmD, MPH is an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer assigned to the Nutrition Branch in the</i> …

AWHONN recommends reducing overuse of labor induction

The Association of Women's Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses (AWHONN) is calling upon healthcare providers and pregnant women to avoid induction …

Placenta Previa - distance from the os and mode of delivery. I found this a ...

<b>Placenta Previa - distance from the os and mode of delivery.</b><p>I found this a very interesting article on the type of birth possible for a mother who is …

Reproductive health and mental health

<b>Hormones can affect a woman’s emotions and moods in different ways throughout her lifetime.</b> Sometimes the impact on mood can affect a woman’s quality …

Stopping to remember I have more than enough

Shares 0<p>This morning, as I sat on my couch drinking coffee and enjoying some quiet time, I came across an article from <i>Momastery</i> that made me stop …

The Most Scientific Birth Is Often the Least Technological Birth

<i>If you look at scientific literature, you find over and over again that many interventions increase risk to mother and child instead of decreasing it.</i><p><i>Kenishirotie/Shutterstock</i><p>When I ask my medical students to describe their image of a woman who elects to birth with a midwife rather than with an …

In Your Words: Avoiding Cesarean = Avoiding Induction

Mothers Are Not Alone: The Vital Role of Midwives in Healthy, Normal Birth

Imagine a darkened room with lanterns illuminating the corners and casting a soft glow over the peaceful atmosphere. Soothing music is playing and the peaceful splashing of water can be heard. The atmosphere is relaxed, there are only a handful of people in the room talking calmly with each …

Pregnancy

The Hand that Rocks the Mother

The women of Seven Sisters Doula Collective, from left to right, Sarah Kruse, Maureen O’Connor, Kathy Conery, Mieko Aoki, Barbara Essmann and Lana …

Stretch, Open, Breathe {12 Prenatal Yoga Poses To Prepare For Birth}

<i>A special thank you to all of the mothers who sent in their prenatal yoga photos for this story. You are all beautifully balanced yoginis! {Guest</i> …

A C-Section Doesn't Have to Be Answer for a Breech Delivery

In Germany, More Hospitals Are Willing to Attempt Vaginal Births; In U.S., a Change Isn't Likely<p>Berlin In the U.S., a breech baby is normally a sure ticket to a C-section delivery. But here in Germany, more women are asking to have their breech babies delivered vaginally and doctors increasingly …

Breast Milk Production: Is Your Baby Getting Enough?

Shares 634<p>(THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. OUR FULL DISCLOSURE POLICY IS QUITE BORING, BUT YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.)<p><b>New moms often worry too much</b> …

Mastitis Breast Infection Symptoms Moms Should Never Ignore

Shares 590<p>(THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. OUR FULL DISCLOSURE POLICY IS QUITE BORING, BUT YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.)<p>A breast infection, otherwise …

Colic and Breastfeeding - How to Survive the Frustration

Shares 2.1K<p>(THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. OUR FULL DISCLOSURE POLICY IS QUITE BORING, BUT YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.)<p><b>Little one have colic? If</b> …

Intensive, extended breastfeeding linked to reduced risk for type 2 diabetes after gestational diabetes

SAN FRANCISCO — Intensive and extended breastfeeding lowered a woman’s risk of developing type 2 diabetes after pregnancy in which they had …

InDepth

When mom's in control of her emotions, there's a greater chance her kids won't throw tantrums<p>When mom's in control of her emotions and able to …

Surprising Benefits of Breastfeeding for Babies and Their Health

Think formula and breastfeeding are pretty much the same for your baby? Think again! The benefits of breastfeeding are for everyone in our society, …

Relactation: Getting Your Milk Back and Start Breastfeeding Again

(THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. OUR FULL DISCLOSURE POLICY IS QUITE BORING, BUT YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.)<p>Wish you hadn’t stopped breastfeeding? …

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Acid Reflux in Infants and Breastfeeding Babies - When to Be Concerned

(THIS POST MAY CONTAIN AFFILIATE LINKS. OUR FULL DISCLOSURE POLICY IS QUITE BORING, BUT YOU CAN FIND IT HERE.)<p>Is your breastfeeding baby constantly …

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