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A Pregnant Pause: Hypnobirthing Helps Ease the Pain of Childbirth

Throughout her pregnancy, Andrea Page set aside time each day to visualize her upcoming birth and delivery and practice relaxed breathing techniques. "I visualized my cervix opening like a flower and the baby easily passing through," t...
A growing number of moms-to-be are opting for one of the newest trends to hit the birthing education front: Hypnobirthing.

10 Common Birthing Fears

Keep your eye on the prize. Credit: Corbis Giving birth is a monumental event in a woman's life –- a cause for joy, and, in many cases, a cause for fear. It's normal to be scared in the hours before delivery, but what are the mos...Freaking out about giving birth? We take on your biggest labor and delivery fears.

Epidural-Related Deaths in Childbirth on the Rise, but Still Rare

A new thing for pregnant women to worry about: complications from epidurals. Credit: Getty
Whatever happened to spending nine months in a state of bliss, anticipating your baby's arrival?
These days, it seems every hour a new stress...
Women who died from complications from epidurals and spinal blocks during childbirth has risen since the mid-1990s.

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...

When labor strikes - What you REALLY need at the hospital

For first-time parents, the thought of bringing another life into the world--and being responsible for it--is daunting enough. Add to that all the advice, the stuff people tell you that you need and the endless lists of such things and becoming a p...

Women fight to take back natural childbirth

Is natural childbirth going the way of the dinosaur? Ask many new moms and a lot of doctors and midwives, and you may be surprised to find the answer is yes. Between increasing costs at hospitals, liability and the demand by insurance companies fo...

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...

Second Time Around: Holding your tongue with first-timers

My prenatal yoga class was a mix of first and second-time moms-to-be. Some of us would go out for coffee after class and the second-timers would immediately start chatting about the various things we tend to: tantrums, daycare woes, our first labour ...

Recovering from a difficult birth experience

A dear friend of mine had her first baby last week. As I slowly started to get the details of the birth from her husband in hurried conversations while they were in the hospital, I started to realize that this was an enormously difficult birth experi...

The allure of epidural avoidance

I am learning a lot from my pregnant girlfriends. One of them is due in August, and has decided that she would like to try for a drug-free, natural birth. I'm all for it, and think she's intelligent for educating herself on such a life-altering expe...

The Ultimate Showdown: Boppy vs. My Brest Friend

What with all the controversy I've recently waged between getting your feedback on breastfeeding and epidurals, I thought it only right to ask for your opinion on what I hope is a slightly less riot-inducing debate (if indeed one really exists): w...

Pain relief and pregnancy: opting for an epidural

In approximately two weeks (March 31 is the d-day) I will be a new mommy. That said, amidst all the layette options, getting my house and life in order and trying to come up with something constructive for my husband to do besides stew I have t...

Epidurals may cause breastfeeding difficulties

Having an epidural to ease labor pain may result in breastfeeding problems the first week after birth, and a greater likelihood that you'll stop breastfeeding early. This, according to a recent study of 1,300 women who gave birth in 1997. One poss...

Acupuncture during labor?

When it comes to labor, many women may feel that they can either have an epidural (or other form of drug relief) or you can deal with the contractions. While I've heard of using hypnosis during birth, this is the first time that I've heard of women u...

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