Do Birth Plans Help or Hurt Women?

Paint the nursery. Buy the onesies. Write the birth plan. These days, women are encouraged to create birth plans as part of their preparation for having a baby. In them, the mom-to-be describes what she does or does not want to have happen during c...You might have a plan, but plan for things to not go according to plan.

Scientology's Silent Birth: One Mother's Story

Jamie Bristol with her son, Ethan. Credit: Tom Bristol
On Dec. 6, Ethan Bristol will celebrate his first birthday with a calm, low-key gathering of his parents, grandparents and family friends who have little ones, too. But no matter how mello...
The practice of a silent birth has been making headlines recently with the birth of Benjamin Travolta on Nov. 23. Actor parents Kelly Preston and John Travolta, both Scientologists, announced that they planned to use the childbirth method practiced by the Church of Scientology.

Toddlers, Tiny Letters, and Joel Madden - Links We Love

Researchers discover a scientific reason why toddlers never listen. The short answer is this: Toddlers can't plan for the future, so even though you're telling them it's going to be cold outside, they won't believe it until they see it for themselves...

Laila Ali is a mommy!

Would-be Dancing with the Stars champ Laila Ali is a mommy! (She was robbed, I'm telling you!) Ali and her husband, footballer Curtis Conway, welcomed a six pound, eight ounce, nineteen inch son into the world this past Thursday. Little Curtis Muham...

Did you doula?

Most women I know want a helping hand during birth -- a spouse, a partner, a mom, a sister, a friend -- someone who can hold a hand (or a leg), who's handy with a wet washcloth and ice chips, and who's an excellent cheerleader. Some women, though, wa...

Life and death happen together for one writer

Sometimes, when it comes down to having a baby, we get caught up in all the details. I'll admit, I'm guilty of it, too. You worry more about trying to do it naturally or following a birth plan to the T rather than the end result, which is a baby. I f...

Did you follow your birth plan?

In our pre-natal classes, our instructor encouraged us to write out our birth plan as a couple, using the time to bond and reflect on the birth of our baby. I spent hours reading, perusing the web, talking to other Mothers. Finally, in collaberation ...


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