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  • Birth Misconceptions: Myth and Fact

    The Medicalization of Birth Myth Birth is too risky and dangerous to be allowed to occur naturally. Fact Childbirth is a highly evolved process that normally requires only the physical good health of the mother, adequate emotional support and...

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  • The Pitfalls of Going with the Flow in Birth

    So many of us aim to “just go with the flow” as our birth plan. But could the gentle flow of birth we envisage actually be undermined with this approach? Could “going with the flow” ever be detrimental to a positive start to life for your new family?...

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  • Healing Birth, Healing the Earth

    Birth, she is dying. This primal and unspeakably powerful initiation, the only road to motherhood for our ancestors, has been stripped of her dignity and purpose in our times. Birth has become a dangerous medical disease to be treated with escalating...

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  • Why Is the Fear of Birth Rising?

    If you’re pregnant, you may have typed these words into your favorite search engine: “scared of giving birth.” Most women at some stage will admit to having some (or many) fears about giving birth, especially if it’s their first time. Some women are...

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  • The Home Birth Advantage: The Physical and Emotional Benefits of Birthing at Home

    When it comes to what’s best for you and your baby, you can consider a midwife-assisted home birth as safe an option as birthing in a hospital or free-standing birth center. At a home birth, your privacy will be respected and you can enjoy birthing...

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  • Taking Charge of Giving Birth

    A commitment to natural delivery in a birth center, without doctors or pain relief of any kind on the premises, was the farthest notion from my mind the summer I learned I was pregnant. Like many other newly expecting women, I reluctantly envisioned...

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  • Natural Home Birth

    For A Natural Birth, There's No Place Like HomeThe miracle of birth: it creates babies, changes women into mothers, and turns individuals into families. Being born and, in turn, giving birth are the most transformative and miraculous events human...

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  • Healing Birth

    During our first home birth, I can remember reaching a state I had never been in before. In spite of the many intense experiences I’d had in my life up to that time, this experience brought me to a new edge. I looked over to my husband, Tom, for...

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  • Why Home Birth Is Necessary

    When there is no home birth in a society, or when home birth is driven completely underground, essential knowledge of women’s capacities in birth is lost to the people of that society— to professional caregivers, as well as to women of childbearing...

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  • The Hard Science of Supporting Low-Tech Birth

    Studies show that many interventions increase risk to mother and child instead of decreasing it. In fact, the most scientific birth is often the least technological one. When I ask my medical students to describe their image of a woman who elects to...

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  • 10 Things I Wish All Women Knew About Giving Birth

    When I was pregnant, I seemed to be a magnet for birth war stories—cords around the neck, emergency cesareans, and more. It took a lot of inner conviction to believe in birth as a natural, beautiful event that my body was capable of, rather than a...

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  • Natural Birth: Wow! How Amazing!!??

    “Wow! How amazing! You had a natural birth!!” is something I have heard repeated since we welcomed Clancy, William, and Tomas into the world on the 15th June, 2007. Yes, we have triplets. Yes, I had a vaginal birth of all three. I am...

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  • Dads and Birth Trauma

    Dads have birth stories, too—and some of them are pretty rough. Maureen Campion unpacks the birth trauma no one else is talking about. Appearing in Issue #50. Order A Copy Today These days most...

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  • Birth: from Fear to Faith

    Giving birth in a culture that continually depicts labor as painful and dangerous is a feat in itself these days. Everywhere we look, we’re shown images of women screaming while giving birth, and masked doctors heroically saving the day. TV medical...

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  • Epidural Anesthesia: Important Facts that will Help You Take Charge of Your Birth

    Each year, 4 million American women give birth. 1 Epidural anesthesia is used in almost two-thirds of labors, making it one the most common obstetric interventions in the United States today. 2 In fact, the rate of epidural anesthesia is increasing....

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  • Doulas: Before, During, and After Birth

    A doula is a woman experienced in childbirth who is specially trained to provide various kinds of support for the mother before, during, and/or after the birth. The term comes from ancient Greece, where a female servant called “the doula” attended...

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  • What Do We Know? Anthropology and Birth Activism

    During a birth advocacy dinner I once attended in Seattle, a doula raised her glass and made the last toast: “For all the women who don’t know.” My reactions trembled on the existential brink. As both an anthropologist and a birth activist, I am...

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  • Fearless Birth

    Changing fear, tension, and pain into faith, relaxation, and pleasure. Giving birth in a culture that continually depicts labor as painful and dangerous is a feat in itself these days. Everywhere we look, we see images of women screaming while...

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  • Gentle Birth Strategies

    There is a misconception in modern childbirth. It is that childbirth should be painless. Women today are being raised to believe that a painless birth is a good birth. The word and concept of “pain” has negative connotations for many. The very...

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  • Birth Is the Key

    A natural birth unlocks breastfeeding potential and so much more. "Breastfeeding is complicated, and most mothers can’t do it.” That’s what this culture has thought for decades. But the more we learn, the more we realize that human newborns are just...

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