Pregnancy & Birth Articles

The Dad Factor

Fathers make a world of difference to a child’s life—but what about at birth?While no one was looking, the very foundations of our society, our culture and our families have undergone a metamorphosis. Fathers are attending the births of the...

Bear Wisdom: Reconnecting with Mama and Papa Bear

Childbearing, from the mysterious and miraculous ability to conceive and to give birth, on through the nourishing acts of child rearing, has suddenly become an explosive minefield of fear, insecurity and guilt. As a collective culture, we have...

Six Signs You Should Dump Your Prenatal Caregiver

No doubt about it: Deep breathing, visualization and relaxation tools are powerful when it comes to having a positive birth. HypnoBirthing has helped not only me, but also hundreds of my client couples to have comfortable, natural births. But the...

Mind the Gap

CPD is the most common reason for performing a caesarean. But how common is it, really?In the 18th and 19th centuries, poor nutrition, rickets, and illnesses such as polio caused pelvic anomalies, which resulted in loss of life during...

Also labeled: Author Kelly Winder, Issue #36

Express Delivery

Not every labor is a marathon; some take only a few hours. But are these so-called precipitous births really abnormal, or are they more common than we think?Soon after I began assembling a bed frame, which I thought would be a good labor...

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...

Also labeled: Author Alice Dreger, Issue #35

Furnishing the Homebirth

After a long hug and a series of giddy pictures holding the pregnancy test stick (later deleted because we agreed the association with pee was “kinda gross”), Emily gave me pause by saying that she wanted to give birth at home. She had mentioned thi...

Also labeled: Author Brian Goedde, Issue #34

Homebirth: A Father's Perspective

Finding out that you’re going to be a father is a very crystallizing and defining moment in a man’s life. Some men run from it, others embrace it, and still more are, frankly, puzzled by it—and some fears and uncertainties, once believed to have been...

Also labeled: Author Jeff Sabo , Issue #34

Expanding Our Focus: C-Section Recovery

In 2009, the most recent year for which final data is available, a record 32.9 percent of women gave birth by C-section, according to the National Vital Statistics System, part of the Centers for Disease Control. Preliminary data shows that in 2010...

Healing Birth: The Second Time Around

How do you heal from a traumatic birth experience? How do you put it behind you and find the inner strength not only to move on, but to decide to do it all again? Could I, and should I, risk another traumatic birth? I asked myself these questions...

What to Expect from Your Doula

Women have been giving birth since the beginning of time—but those times have now changed. Many women give birth without having witnessed the childbirth experiences of their own mothers, aunts, sisters and community members. We are now seeing that...

Midwives Take Manhattan!

Pathways, Families for Conscious Living, BOLD and Ina May Gaskin Celebrate MOM in NYCPathways to Family Wellness, Families for Conscious Living, BOLD and a slate of VIPs from the natural birth movement celebrated the new Museum of...

Also labeled: Author Lisa Reagan, Issue #32

Happy Healthy Child: A Holistic Approach

An Interview with Bruce Lipton By Sarah KamrathEarlier this year, filmmaker Sarah Kamrath sat down with Bruce Lipton, Ph.D., for an interview about a holistic approach to parenting for her Happy Healthy Child DVD series. Lipton, the author...

Birth Empowerment: Successful VBAC Stories

When someone begins care with me, I have one goal in mind: help them achieve their goals, to the best of my ability. For the women who come to me for prenatal chiropractic care, the goal is obvious: a healthy mom and baby after a healthy birth....

“If I Were at Home,I Would Have Died.” The Trouble With Extrapolating Hospital Birth Events to Homebirth

A midwife in North Carolina was recently charged with practicing midwifery without a license because her state does not license Certified Professional Midwives (CPMs) and other direct-entry midwives. There was some local news coverage of the arrest...

In Honor of Midwifery

I don’t tend to get nostalgic. Maybe it’s that I have enough not-so-nice memories of times past that I’d rather poke holes in myself with a pickle fork than go back in time. Or maybe it’s that I am perfectly happy in the present. In any case, I don’t...

Epidurals: Facts, Implications and Alternatives

Epidural anesthesia (EA) is the most commonly used method of pain relief during labor today. In fact, approximately 80 percent of vaginal deliveries involve EA, according to The Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology. Epidural anesthesia is...

Ina May Gaskin: There From the Start

A Pathways exclusive interview with the godmother of modern midwiferyIn the midst of the baby boom’s promises of Twilight Sleep to conceal the routine use of episiotomies, forceps and brute force in overflowing maternity wards, Ina May G...

Morning Wellness

In 1980, my then wife, Kathryn, and I were on vacation in Hawaii. She began waking in the mornings with nausea, although she was otherwise healthy. We had been eagerly working on having a second child. After a couple of days of this, reality dawned...

The Missing Piece: Consciousness and the MotherBaby Bond

Most information pregnant families access today is designed to prepare the family for childbirth and early parenting—detailing such things as nutrition, hazards to avoid, the anatomy and physiology of pregnancy and birth, breathing techniques,...