Pregnancy & Birth Articles

What is Evidence-Based Maternity Care?

Evidence-based maternity care means practices that have been shown by the highest-quality, most current medical research to be most beneficial to mothers and babies (reducing incidences of injuries, complications and death), with care tailored to...

Are Ultrasounds Causing Autism in Babies?

Scientists are uncovering disturbing evidence that those sneak peeks at baby could damage a developing brain.Toward the end of my first pregnancy, a doctor ordered an “emergency” ultrasound because she believed I was measuring small. She tur...

Improving Your Gut Sense in Pregnancy

Before becoming a chiropractor, I was a microbiologist and immunologist. The microorganisms that we always talked about were the microorganisms that were always feared—the ones that we needed antibiotics and vaccines for, and were a threat to us a...

The Mind-Body Connection in Fertility & Pregnancy

One of the biggest challenges we face in creating the lives we want is that our basic attitudes and perceptions of the world were shaped in the earliest days, months and years of our lives, long before we had a chance to form our own opinions....

Prenatal Yoga and Childbirth Education: Preparing Your Body and Mind

World-renowned yoga teacher Gurmukh Kaur Khalsa shares her thoughts on prenatal yoga, childbirth education and listening to your intuition in an interview with filmmaker Sarah Kamrath for Kamrath’s childbirth- education series, Happy Healthy Child: A...

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...

Sing the Babies Earthside

On one silent night in Indonesia, midwives greet each newborn with song.It’s 3:33 a.m. at the Bumi Sehat (Healthy Mother Earth Foundation) birth center in the village of Nyuh Kuning, just south of the Monkey Forest, in Bali, Indonesia. There i...

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...

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...

Beautiful Music: The Benefits of Singing to your Baby, Before and After Birth

People have sung to their babies forever. Every culture has lullabies and children’s songs that are passed down through the generations. New ones are written and shared, and the custom goes on—a rich part of the fabric of human civilization. These...

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...