There is something so comforting about holding a newborn baby. Their scent, their softness, their tiny, delicate features… Taking in their whole being when you’re skin to skin is such a pleasure. What if I told you that the mere act of holding your naked baby to your chest after birth can yield immense benefits […]
So, you’re finished with your “getting ready for baby” checklist, and you’ve packed your hospital bag for mom complete with the best maternity pajamas! What happens next? You’re probably wondering when to go to the hospital for labor! The bad news is that it’s now a waiting game. You wait until that wonderful moment when […]
Have you ever been in a medical situation where you wish you’d known how to advocate for yourself? Speak up? Be heard? This is why patient empowerment is so important. As women, many of us have stories we could tell about moments when we wished we’d spoken up for ourselves in doctor’s offices and in […]
I hate being pregnant. I had my first child at age 33 via labor induction, which ultimately led to 22 hours of labor, 2 of which were spent pushing, only to end up with a late night emergency cesarean section. I only knew the birthing process to be long, painful, and at great cost to […]
I was 36 1/2 weeks pregnant when I found out I’d have an induced labor at 37 weeks. It was a Wednesday, and my high risk specialist confirmed a preeclampsia diagnosis that we’d expected for weeks. But I was completely unprepared–scratch that, absolutely terrified–when she said I had 4 days to get everything in order […]
So much about bringing a child into the world feels uncontrollable, so we’re all about learning to control what you can. Writing a birth plan gives you a little of your control back. It won’t necessarily guarantee a smooth labor, but it will ensure your hospital or birthing center knows your preferences about important issues […]
Pregnant women currently face a lot of scary possibilities, including limited family members meeting their babies, and even giving birth alone.
Is giving birth in water safe? Does water birth reduce tearing? No need for water birth reviews. Here’s Tessa’s real-life water birth experience.
The benefits of natural birth are on the mind of any woman preparing to bring a child in the world. It’s easy to get scared away from an unmedicated birth, especially after reading about the disadvantages of natural birth. After all, pain management is one of the few controllable things women choose about the laboring […]
Birth stories often fall into two categories: lovely and full of warmth and downright horrifying. In fact, we’ve published several birth stories that run the gamut from joyful to petrifying. Unfortunately, Melanie’s story falls into the latter category. A German mama living in France, Melanie gave birth to her child in a French hospital where […]