childbirth 

How hard is it to get an epidural?

The debate as to whether or not epidurals are a good idea is one that has and will wage for ages. And that's not what I'm here to discuss. For the sake of argument, let's say you've decided to get an epidural. Let's also say you've established y...

"Natural" c-section procedure allows mom to watch delivery

A new, more natural c-section developed in the UK may soon be in clinical trials to see if it will improve the birth experience for mothers and better help newborns ease their way into the world. Researchers say that the traditional c-section procedu...

Traumatic birth may put moms at risk for PTSD

Childbirth is no walk in the park, that's for sure. But for a majority of women, the experience is a positive one. We made need a little time to let the memory of painful contractions fade or for stitches to heal, but the rewards definitely outweigh ...

Christy Turlington campaigns for maternal health

Former supermodel Christy Turlington is campaigning for maternal health. The mother of two (with husband actor Ed Burns) is attempting to get the U.S. government to provide more resources to women during childbirth. According to Turlington, a w...

Nicole Kidman arranges delivery room music

Nicole Kidman is counting down to the birth of her baby, and she's getting herself ready. Among other things in her hospital bag is a special CD Kidman has created to play in the delivery room. What's on it? A variety of pieces by Irish flautist Jame...

When life goes on, without children

In a recent New York Times article, the pain associated with not being able to have a child is likened to that of a back ache--dull, aching, and never quite goes away. For some women, the miracle of child birth and the joy of raising a child will al...

Jolie wants natural childbirth for the twins

Many celebrities, it seems, don't believe in natural childbirth (and by that I mean through the vajayjay, not without drugs). Many women don't either, and they schedule c-sections (or their doctors do it for them). While I agree there is a real need ...

A-Rod not so tough after all

We've all seen the movie version of the nervous dad-to-be sweating bullets and passing out in the delivery room while his long-suffering wife stoically endures the pain of childbirth. The next scene usually involves poor mom left to fend for herself ...

Birth plans: Helpful or unrealistic?

I have a friend who is born to give birth. People have called her "strong," "amazing," "a great mother" after each of her labors for her ability to have natural childbirths with much more than a whimper. I can only wonder what they say about me. My l...

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...

Ricki Lake's The Business of Being Born

Last April, I wrote about actress Ricki Lake's documentary, The Business of Being Born. At the time, the film had not yet been released and was getting buzz mostly because Lake appears in the movie in all her naked, pregnant glory, giving birth to ...

Nicole Richie fears pain of childbirth

According to this article, Nicole Richie is so scared of the pain of giving birth that she has consulted a hypnotist. Richie, whose child with Joel Madden is due later this month, is working on learning to "relax, stay calm and think positive thought...

Childbirth deaths in the U.S. highest in decades

Compared to 90 years ago, death from childbirth is pretty rare. Back then, nearly one in every 100 births in the U.S. resulted in the death of the mother. But by 2004, those numbers were drastically changed, with only 13 deaths per 100,000 live birth...

Painful sex after giving birth?

Ask a group of first-time mothers who are nearing the end stretch of pregnancy and you'll have at least a couple who will say "I don't know how a baby is expected to come out down there!" While I believe it is very important to realize that your body...

Giving birth is "easy" according to Heidi Klum

On my list of "easy" things to do, I'd have cooking pasta, lifting boxes under 30lbs, and spelling my name. But birth? Childbirth? To be fair, I'll never face the even the prospect of labor nor delivery -- but, rumor has it, squeezing a child out of ...

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