Pregnancy & Birth Articles

The Truth About PITOCIN

There is a little-known law in New York— Public Health Law, Section 2503, passed in 1978—that requires all physicians and midwives to fully disclose and require informed consent from laboring women regarding the use of all drugs during labor and...

Common Obstetrical Procedures and Their Link to Autism

Birth today has become a technological experience where a natural process has been replaced with artificial procedures and schedules. Without the necessary vitalistic support during pregnancy, women enter the birth process with fear and are led to...

An Expectant Parent’s Guide to Chiropractic

What we cannot see are the millions of different hormonal changes and chemical reactions occurring both in the mother and the developing baby, all of which are controlled and coordinated through the nervous system. Now more than ever, during...

Fundamental Problems with Maternity Care in the United States

This statement was developed in response to serious and continuing problems with maternity care in the United States, including: The United States is the only wealthy industrialized nation that does not guarantee access to...

Also labeled: Issue #20, Informed Choice

The Importance of Skin-to-Skin Contact

There are now a multitude of studies that show that mothers and babies should be together, skin-to-skin (baby naked, not wrapped in a blanket) immediately after birth, as well as later.

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 the...

Raising Generation Pax: Peace Begins with How We Parent…From the Very Beginning

A Universal Peace Offering The universe has presented us with a powerful means of creating peace: the way we bring our children to life. Important principles about the influence of our thoughts and attitudes, together with...

Your Inner Wisdom: Trusting the Process for Natural Birthing

It is sometimes called “our inner knowing,” “the gut feeling,” or “the wisdom within.” Whatever its name, the experience is universal. It is a feeling, a word, an image that stands out bolder than the regular stream of conscious thought and it makes a...

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...

Pelvic Pain: Symphysis, Pubis, Dysfunction

One problem that many pregnant women complain about is pubic pain. Yet doctors and midwives often dismiss this pain as either “inconsequential,” “unfixable,” or “just one of those pregnancy discomforts that have to be endured.”...

For Expectant Women, It’s Not Too Much To Ask

When I talk to women about the relatively recent history of childbirth—mothers strapped to hospital beds, doctors not washing their hands between vaginal exams and performing caesareans without anesthesia—their typical response is that we’re lucky to...

For Many Pregnant Moms, Webster Technique is the Key to a Safer Birth

As a mom navigating her way through a high-risk pregnancy, news of one more complication just leaves you with more questions and concerns. When the news is that your baby is not in the optimal position, your questions go something like this: Will...

Pregnancy and Chiropractic: A Patient’s Testimonial

Sharp pains, piercing spasms, and the feeling that one wrong move would leave me bedridden for weeks. This was the kind of back pain I experienced as I entered the second trimester of my pregnancy. I was concerned for my and the baby’s well-being. M...

Vertical Birth

While the awareness about the dangers and disadvantages of giving birth while lying on one’s back is more widespread, this is still the main position in which the majority of women in the United States give birth.

Epidurals

Epidural pain relief is an increasingly popular choice for Australian women in the labour ward. Up to one third of all birthing women have an epidural,1 and it is especially common amongst women having...

Questions About the Webster Technique

Hello! I have found your website very helpful. I am looking for a chiropractor in the Denver area than can assist in turning a breech baby around. Do you have a database of chiropractors by their skill? Thanks,

Midwives

As I attend and present at midwifery and birthing conferences on behalf of the ICPA, I am constantly reminded that midwives and doulas are aligned with chiropractors in numerous ways. Some of the common bonds we share...

Pain in Labor: Your Hormones Are Your Helpers

First published in Australia’s Parents Pregnancy, Autumn 1999, as “Your Hormones are your Helpers.” This version updated July 2005. Imagine this—your cat is pregnant, due to give birth around the same time as you are. You have your bags...

The Due Date

The concept of a due date is based on a gestational length established by fiat in the early 1800s. Franz Carl Naegele officially declared that pregnancy lasted 10 lunar months (10 x 28 days), counting from the first day of the last menstrual...

How Long Should a Woman Feel Comfortable Going Overdue?

I would never put a number on how long a woman should feel comfortable going “overdue.” For one thing, errors are too easily made in recording of dates, and length of natural gestation varies widely, not only from woman to woman, but also from baby to...