Emily Wills

34 Flips | 6 Magazines | 1 Like | @yourdoulaemily | Birth Doula based in Stockholm. Inspired by what women can do and all things birth!

Women worldwide celebrate the benefits of breastfeeding – in pictures

Research shows that breastfeeding lowers death rates among children, helps to protect them from infection and promotes intellectual development. As world breastfeeding week begins, women from Ivory Coast to Myanmar share their pictures and experiences

Ivory Coast

Doctor delivers patient's baby moments before own contractions start

It's not every day that a woman preparing to give birth to her own child stops to deliver another woman's baby. But Dr. Amanda Hess, an obstetrician in Kentucky, found herself doing just that when she was about to have her second child and heard an emergency unfolding in the room next to her own on …

Why Would Anyone Eat Their Placenta?

Multivitamins have long been a postpartum staple for new mothers, but many are adding placenta capsules into the mix. Yes. They're having their …

13 Benefits of Natural Childbirth

Birth has gone from being a normal biological process to a medicalized event. Epidurals, Pitocin, and IVs are the norm more often that not.It doesn’t …

Pregnancy

Why Natural Birth?

Over 80% of American women have an epidural during labor. Over 30% of women give birth via cesarean in the US. So you have to wonder, why would …

Pregnancy

Hospital Bag Checklist for the Minimalist Mom

Hospital Bag Checklist for the Minimalist Mom<p>Updated on December 2, 2015<p>Even minimalists like to be well prepared. Packing for the hospital is one of …

Emotional Healing After Cesarean

<i>This is a guest post from natural mama Abby Deliz. Abby is a mother of three children and a Master’s student at Claremont Graduate University. Abby</i> …

Pregnancy

How to Have a Natural Hospital Birth

While giving birth at home or at a birthing center can be most advantageous for having a natural childbirth, the vast majority of women in the U.S. …

Pregnancy

Which Birthing Classes Are Best For You?

So you’re 4 or 5 months into your pregnancy, your belly is getting bigger, and you realize, “Woah, we’re really going to have this baby; we better …

Pregnancy

Benefits of Prenatal Yoga for Labor and Delivery

Prenatal Yoga can be very beneficial to help you prepare for Labor & Delivery. For this video series we partnered with Veronica Stevens, a birth …

Yoga

As IUCN votes on ivory trade, elephants’ future looks bleak

The fate of Africa’s elephants may be decided before the weekend is out. Members of the International Union for the Conservation of Nature World …

Endangered Species

13 Things You Probably Didn't Know About Human Birth

Everyone on Earth has been through it, but there’s a lot about birth that you’re probably unfamiliar with. Here’s thirteen facts about the human …

Push to lower cesarean rates ups interest in natural births

When the number of cesarean deliveries in Pennsylvania's Allegheny Health Network spiked last year, obstetrical department leaders issued new guidelines on when to perform them and began monitoring doctors' individual cesarean delivery rates.<p>"It really took just a month or two, and the rates …

Share Your Birth Story

<i>By Avital Norman Nathman</i><p>My book, <i>The Good Mother Myth</i>, came out earlier this year. It's a collection of essays from a variety of women, all helping me break down the stereotype of what it means to be a "good" mother. Not long after the new year, I set out on a cross-country book tour -- one where I …

Could Breastfeeding For Longer Reduce Baby’s Risk Of ADHD?

The latest study to come from the journal Breastfeeding Medicine found that children with <b>children who breastfeed for shorter durations may be more</b> …

The mothers fighting back against birth intervention

During labour, women feel under severe pressure when doctors and midwives bully them into medical interventions they do not want. Louise Carpenter reports on the mothers starting to fight back<p>Two months ago, a mother of three – let's call her Charlotte – scored a victory after a two-year fight. The …

Super Doula: The Sequel

Some time ago, my very creative partner made me a comic about myself as a Super Doula for my first blog's first anniversary.<p>To celebrate that my …

Human Rights in Childbirth - From Niche Cause to a Global Movement

Over the past year, I've become a champion of a niche cause. Few people have heard of it. But it's a cause that directly affects the health and …

New figures show urban and rural divide among mothers breastfeeding

Just over half of all babies are being breastfed by the time they get their first visit from the public health nurse.<p>The latest figures from the HSE …

In the U.S. and India, a small, but growing number of women choose 'natural' births

Johanna Givens has a soothing way of helping women give birth at home. She counts with them — barely speaking above a whisper — as they work through …

Pregnancy

14 Hilarious Pregnancy Cravings That Are So Random It Hurts

What the baby wants, the baby gets.

Breakfast

'It takes a village': World Breastfeeding Week aims to highlight importance, need for support

The first week of August marks the 25th anniversary celebration of World Breastfeeding Week.<p>“(World Breastfeeding Week) aims to bring breast-feeding to the forefront of community agendas so everyone can be part of the dialogue,” according to the World Alliance for Breastfeeding Action, a global …

How an Instagram Account (of All Things) Is Helping Women Who've Miscarried

One in 10 pregnancies ends in miscarriage. But even though it's a relatively common occurrence—and a traumatic one—it's rarely talked about. Because …

Daughter Of Kyrgyz President Hits Back After Breastfeeding Photo Controversy

“This body I’ve been given is not vulgar,” Aliya Shagieva told the BBC.<p>After receiving censure for a photograph that showed her breastfeeding her newborn son, Aliya Shagieva, the 20-year-old daughter of the president of Kyrgyzstan, has responded to critics this week with a powerful message.<p>“This …

Kyrgyzstan

Reasonable woman syndrome - An epidemic sweeping our maternity care system

There’s an epidemic sweeping the birthing world (well…the whole world really, but the birthing world is my focus). We’re not discussing the caesarean …

Pregnancy

5 Tips For Surviving That First Post-Labor Poop

I've written about a lot of things on the Internet. Everything from marriage and sex, breastfeeding and hemorrhoids, circumcision and morning sickness. What's funny is that out of all of it, the thing folks bring up most is the first post-labor poop. Sometimes in the middle of the grocery store. …

What exactly does a doula do?

Many women now choose to have a doula, I love supporting women during pregnancy and being their birth companion, but I was asked recently, by someone …

Pregnancy