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The Case of the Coerced C-Section: What are Women's Rights in Birth?

In June of 2010, Michelle Mitchell delivered her baby at Augusta Health Hospital in Fishersville, Va. But the birth didn't happen as she had planned. Mitchell claims she was coerced into an unnecessary cesarean section by the on-call doctor, Mark Brooks, M.D., even though the operation was not medically indicated. Mitchell sued Dr.

Excited New Dad Posts Selfie While Wife Gives Birth

Is this what giving birth in the digital age looks like?

Denver dad-to-be Gil Solano posted a selfie that has gone viral—not because of how he looks or because he's trying to make a huge social statement—but because of what's going on in the background of the photo. You can clearly make out Solano's wife in a hospital bed as he poses in the foreground. Here's the crazy part: Solano's wife is actually giving birth in the photo.

Woman Gives Birth an Hour After Learning She's Pregnant

When Judy Brown went to the hospital with severe abdominal pain, she got the surprise of her life: She found out she was pregnant. Very pregnant. In fact, she was already in labor.

Brown, 47, gave birth to a healthy baby girl just one hour later. Not surprisingly, Brown's story has gone viral.

You Might Actually Want to Eat During Labor

Labor isn't typically a pleasant experience—obviously, there's pain involved and you're usually asked to fast through the process, so you may experience a few hunger pangs as well.

But according to recent findings, eating a light meal while in labor might not be dangerous. In fact, it may even be beneficial.

Children's Health Not Affected by C-Section

As if mom guilt wasn't bad enough, long-standing research has shown that children born via cesarean section were more prone to serious health problems than children who were born vaginally.

C-Section Epidural Complications Declining

Good news if you have an epidural or spinal block during a C-section: They could be safer than ever. Indeed, over the past 10 years, complications from those procedures went down 25 percent.

The rate of overall complications in women who had those forms of anesthesia fell from 8.9 per 1,000 women in 2003 down to 6.6 per 1,000 in 2012, according to the report published in Anesthesiology.

Watch this Mom Whip/Nae Nae Through Labor

When Atlanta nurse midwife Angelina Ruffin advised her pregnant patient to do squats in order to prepare for childbirth, she never imagined she'd come back to find this.

"I went looking for my patient to see how she was doing with her squatting. This is what I found in between contraction," Ruffin wrote on YouTube of the mom-to-be's dance to rapper Silento's "Whip/Nae Nae." "Get that baby down mommy!"

Mom Awakens From Coma After Hearing Baby

Need proof of the unbreakable bond between a mother and her child? Meet North Carolina mom Shelly Cawley, who, last year, fell into a coma during an emergency C-section to deliver her daughter, Rylan. Doctors, and even her own husband, feared she might not wake up; that is, until she heard her newborn baby cry.

Photographer Demos How Baby Fits in Womb

Right after a baby is born, there's a special moment that Dutch birth photographer Marry Fermont loves to photograph. It's not the second that mom sees her newborn for the first time, or the moment dad cuts the umbilical cord.

Is Hiring a Doula Worth the Cost?

Using a doula has been shown to help with labor and birth, yet only 6 percent of women use one, according to a Listening to Mothers study. So what gives?