A registered nurse discusses why she switched—at 37 weeks—from planning a hospital birth with an obstetrician to giving birth naturally, in a free-standing birth center with a certified professional midwife and a doula. Read more…. Late in the Game: How I Found a Midwife & Took Charge of My Birth Story
Homebirth is the gold standard, God’s standard, the highest standard of Birth possible. The uplifting feeling a mom gets, having birthed in her own power, is unlike anything else in the world. Read more…. The Miracle of Homebirth
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Valerie and Amol welcome baby Samuel
A midwife shares two stories of homebirths in India, including her first-ever home waterbirth.
Read more…. A Midwife’s Tale of Homebirths in India
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A paradigm shift in national health care is imminent. If traditional midwives want to be a part of it, argues Linda Lieberman in this provocative essay, they may have to be willing to temper their renegade spirits and make a few compromises.
Read more…. Are We Ready to Standardize Homebirth?
Using research based on more than 180,000 births, Judy Slome Cohain investigates the medical myth surrounding nuchal cords and argues that practitioners should stop testing prenatally for cords wrapped around babies’ necks and, instead, treat nuchal cords as common, normal and safe occurrences.
Read more…. Nuchal Cords Are Necklaces, Not Nooses
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Fernando III with mom Haylen and dad Fernando, “el Partero”
A Venezuelan doctor dedicates himself to attending homebirths in his country despite the obstacles thrown at him by government officials, other doctors and others who refuse to see past the accepted, technocratic model of birth. Read more…. My Journey into Planned Homebirth in Venezuela
A mother-to-be remembers the “fiery, grey-haired, political activist” midwife who caught her two younger brothers and says these memories helped shape her lifelong belief that birth is a natural, normal experience that is best done at home, in the presence of loved ones and a trusted midwife.
Read more…. Capturing My Sense of Pregnancy
A childbirth educator cautions that nutrition is the key to preventing gestational diabetes and having a healthy homebirth.
Read more…. Don’t Risk Yourself Out of a Homebirth—Prevent Gestational Diabetes
Pleased that her midwives were there to support her during two normal, physiological births at home, a mother discovers that, when things turned abnormal, the medical world was also there to care for her.
Read more…. Answering the Question of Homebirth
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A mother shares her waterbirth story and urges others to have faith in the process of birth, their bodies and their babies.
Read more…. Pascual’s Beautiful Home Waterbirth in Malaysia
An intensely poignant story about a very surprising homebirth, excerpted from midwife Carol Leonard’s book, Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart: A Midwife’s Saga.
Read more…. A Beautiful Birth
After having two sons and three miscarriages, a mother worries about birthing her third child, but finds peace and strength in her planned home waterbirth.
Read more…. From Fear to Peace: Jeremy’s Birth Story