Maureen Healy | Fit Pregnancy

Maureen Healy

Maureen Healy is Portland, Ore.-based freelance writer covering pregnancy and motherhood, health and travel. She and partner James McDonough gave birth to their first child in September 2013.

When I found out last February that I was expecting for the first time, I was ecstatic. My midwife told me early on that my baby would be due approximately the end of September. Great, I thought—the baby will share a birthday month with his dad! Then I realized that just as I would be hitting the ...

Having a baby is one of life’s greatest gifts, and the ability to create, nurture and eventually birth a brand new human being is nothing short of a miracle. Yet, when many women think about the actual process of giving birth, fear of pain (and how to avoid it) is at the forefront of their minds. ...