Obstetricians aren’t the only ones who can help bring your babe from womb to world.
By and large, moms-to-be rely on the expertise of an OB for prenatal care, but in recent years, a growing number of expectant women are asking midwives to take the lead. As a doula, I intrinsically respect a woman’s choice … Continue reading →
It's common for moms-to-be to worry about childbirth, but take heart—labor isn't an all-out fright fest. Learn what your worst fears really look like, and why they're not so bad.
Your D-day is coming, and no matter how much you’re looking forward to meeting your baby, you can’t help but come a little unhinged thinking about labor. But don’t let stress get the best of you! Here’s the lowdown on … Continue reading →
Worried all that pushing might lead to some added pain down below? The truth sometimes hurts, but the more you know, the better prepared you'll be to keep fears in check.
Does everyone tear? This is the first question my girlfriends ask when I offer them honest answers to their most secret labor and delivery worries. There are a lot of differences of opinion when it comes to how you want … Continue reading →
If you’re new to the baby-making show, there’s a lot to learn. Fortunately, you’ll find the answers to many of your questions (along with a few you didn’t even know to ask) right here.
This is really embarrassing to admit, but before I actually had my first baby, I didn’t fully understand what went on down there during delivery. I mean, I felt like I grasped the gist of it, but I didn’t know … Continue reading →
Is it wise to outline your ideal birth experience beforehand—even if baby’s debut might take an unexpected turn?
In 2012, I waddled around the halls of a sterile-but-friendly hospital on my highly anticipated birthplace tour. My husband and I proudly toted our birth plan and a list of questions, eager to gather information and piece together the puzzle of our … Continue reading →
Wait, don’t head to the hospital just yet! Read up on early labor, so you’re prepared to push through the initial pains from the comfort of home.
As excited as you are to feel that first contraction finally hit, you’ll spend much—if not all—of the first phase of labor in your own home. Learn how to keep tabs on your progress and cope with those first pains … Continue reading →
Being honest about your experience and sharing it with others helps you feel more empowered and less alone.
Ever had a friend, family member or even complete stranger eagerly tell you the nitty-gritty details of her traumatizing birth story? The answer, for many moms, is a resounding yes. But the real question is: Have you ever had someone … Continue reading →
How often do you have a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity? If you’re currently expecting, you have one right on the horizon. When your baby is born, the umbilical cord attaching him to you will also make its arrival in the world—and you’ll … Continue reading →
Would you ever consider giving birth in your own abode? Learn why some women find the option intriguing.
You don’t have to be a granola-loving, tree-hugging, Birkenstock-wearing mom-to-be to consider a home birth. (Although with the sole-comforting sandals back in style, many of us might be a step closer to supporting the stereotype.) The truth is, you just … Continue reading →
Once a C-section, always a C-section, right? Not necessarily. Just because your first baby was born in an OR doesn’t mean your next one has to be.
Three years ago, while expecting my first child, I read every pregnancy book I could get my hands on to prepare myself (as much as one can) for a smooth delivery. When I went into labor one day after my … Continue reading →