Issue #24 Articles

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...

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 i...

Adjusting to a New Life

Parents often ask why a newborn baby should be checked by a chiropractor. Adjustments help alleviate spinal subluxations (misalignments of the vertebrae) caused by intrauterine constraint, abnormal positioning in the uterus, and spinal distress...

Also labeled: Chiropractic

Through a Child’s Eyes

It’s a very important moment in the life of your family: You’re adding a new member! In growing families, a new son or daughter is often also a new brother or sister. Many families face the question: Should my child be present to greet her new sib...

Appreciating the Process of Birth

The knowledge of how to give birth is already inside every woman. Women need encouragement to have more faith in, and a greater appreciation for, their bodies’ wisdom. The nonprofit organization Birth Works International provides that encouragement b...

9 Essential Ingredients for a Natural Birth

In addition to regularly visiting your chiropractor during your pregnancy, consider these nine holistic paths to strengthen your mind, body and spirit for your upcoming birth. Homeopathy Homeopathy is a gentle system of...

Also labeled: Holistic Healthcare

Avoid a Cesarean: Know the Facts

These facts are presented by the International Cesarean Awareness Network with the hope that parents, childbirth educators, doulas, nurses, midwives and doctors together can effectively reduce the rate of unnecessary cesarean sections and their...

Also labeled: Informed Choice

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Birth from Within

A Pregnant Pause

Pregnancy is obviously a time of great physical change in a woman’s life, but take the time to honor the emotional journey as well. Pregnancy is a transformative time in a woman’s life, bringing about powerful physical, mental and emotional...

Eating in Labor: Trusting the Mother’s Gut Instinct

The wheels of progress seem to turn excruciatingly slowly over at the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). The organization has just come out with official policy that reverses its position on withholding beverages from...

Also labeled: Author Gloria Lemay, Nutrition

Protecting the Cave

The ancient archetype of a father during birth is that of him standing guard at the opening of the cave, protecting the birthing mother and newborn from danger. As we move through time, he comes closer to the actual location of the birth...

Chiropractic Care for an Easier Pregnancy and Safer Birth

You might have noticed that chiropractic care is becoming an important part of birth preparation for many pregnant women these days. These women are realizing the benefits of regular chiropractic adjustments as they prepare for safer, easier...

When the Joy is Missing: An Organic Perspective on Postpartum Depression

Postpartum depression is one of those everyday terms we use, though few of us understand what it means. We know it is important and serious, but it remains abstract. How does one recognize postpartum depression? What does it feel like? A...

The Hospital “Birth Plan”

There is a fairly normal course of events for women giving birth in a hospital setting. In order to be truly prepared to give birth in the hospital, it is important to be aware of today’s standard hospital procedures. All hospital procedures and...

Empowering Websites for Pregnancy, Birth & Baby

Resources , Information and Directories of Practitioners BirthCenters.org A comprehensive resource of birth...