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The Bradley Method of Natural Childbirth

The Bradley Method of natural childbirth is a system by which expectant mothers and their partners work together with an instructor to achieve a less painful, less risky and more natural childbirth. Once a week for the twelve weeks leading up to...

Mommy Brain, Ana Ortiz, and Freezer Pleasers - Links We Love

"Ugly Betty" star Ana Ortiz welcomes a daughter. Photo: abc.go.com
Got a case of Mommy Brain? You aren't alone -- moms often complain of forgetfulness during pregnancy or immediately after. The Cradle has tips for dealing with this sometimes...

Orgasmic Childbirth?

Here's something you don't hear very often during childbirth: "Oooh, that feels so good!" Generally that is because the mother-to-be-is either unconscious, writhing in pain, or numb from the waist down. But according to a new documentary, 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...

"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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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