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I recently met with a couple for a private childbirth education class. When we started to talk about birth plans, the mama-to-be told me that her doctor didn't want her to write a birth plan. I asked her why and she said that her...

Renowned midwife, Ina May Gaskin, describes a phenomena called the Sphincter Law in her book Ina May's Guide to Childbirth. While it may sound funny, there is much truth to this theory, especially in relationship to birth. Here are some of the basics of her...

In the hecticness of planning for the arrival of a new baby, taking a formal Childbirth Education Class (CBE) sometimes get put on the back burner and forgotten about. A new study published in The Journal of Perinatal Education sites the positive birth experiences of...

Rachel Cedar is the founder of You Plus 2 Parenting & Beyond the Basics of Toddler Development who regularly teaches workshops at the Prenatal Yoga Center. She specializes in helping expectant and new second time parents and parents of toddlers navigate the challenging and often...

Take a close look at this chart about maternal mortality and you will see the sad fact that the US is ranked 50 in the world! Despite the fact that the US spends more on health care per capita than any other nation in...

I love writing about birth related topics hoping to inspire, excited and create thought provoking conversations. But many times a picture can say more then words. Please enjoy! (pic 1) (pic 2) (pic 3) (pic...

If you are considering an elective induction or facing a medical induction with some wiggle room for negotiating a few more days before the induction is determined, it may be helpful to know your Bishop Score. Basically, the Bishop Score is a calculation of 5...