Birth Centers are the “right tool for the job” of natural birth

Neel Shah, OB/GYN and Assistant Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology and Reproductive Biology at Harvard Medical School, spoke today at the American Association of Birth Centers Birth Institute today in Anchorage, Alaska. His presentation was "System Complexity and the Challenge of Too Much Medicine." Neel gave a rather insightful perspective on birth centers from the lens of an obstetrician … Continue reading Birth Centers are the “right tool for the job” of natural birth

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Preparing for Birth Without an Epidural

Congratulations. You’ve made the decision to give birth without pain medication. It’s a decision that can result in healthy outcomes for both mother and baby and a decision that maximizes the hormonal architecture of childbirth. More than 2.5 million women who give birth every year opt for epidurals and most of the media portrayals of birth … Continue reading Preparing for Birth Without an Epidural

What it Means to Have a Powerful Birth Experience

When a woman first discovers she’s pregnant, the birth can seem distant, an event that happens at the very endof pregnancy. There are nine months to get through first. She knows the birth will be something big, but it’s still a somewhat abstract idea—and maybe even a little scary. She can prepare by taking childbirth education … Continue reading What it Means to Have a Powerful Birth Experience

I just read Gloria Lemay’sblog post “Are You A Good Candidate For A Hospital Birth?” and it really got me thinking about how to reach more people to help them understand the range of choices that exist for childbirth. I think if first-time moms really understood the challenges inherent in a hospital birth experience, they might think twice. … Continue reading

The Differences Between Hospital and Out-of-Hospital Birth

People who have never given birth outside of a hospital may have no idea of the differences between hospital and out-of-hospital birth. What’s the big deal? You can have a natural birth in the hospital. Why would someone want to have their baby at a birth center or (gasp!) at home? The answer is not … Continue reading The Differences Between Hospital and Out-of-Hospital Birth