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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?

9 Photos Capture Raw Beauty of Home Birth

A picture is worth a thousand words—and in some cases even more, like in this personal and intimate photo series about childbirth by photographer Gustavo Gomes.

The Brazilian photographer chronicled his girlfriend Priscila as she handled her all-natural home birth like a pro—a process that took 20 hours. The dark-tinged photos portray a realness that shows both the painful and beautiful sides of delivering au naturel.

See This Mom Twerk Her Way Through Labor

Can twerking take away labor pains? Well, it certainly can't hurt!

Mom-to-be Yuki Nishizawa was in labor Tuesday at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital's Center for Labor, Birth and Recovery when she starting dancing to both pass the time and move the whole labor process along. The Tokyo native started twerking, so her husband started recording to share with friends watching on social media.

Doctors Now Understand Science Behind Labor

The human body is an amazing thing, especially when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. But there is much that scientists still don't understood about how we operate—like how is it that a woman's contractions get stronger as labor progresses, despite the rest of her body getting weaker from lack of oxygen, blood loss and sheer exhaustion?

Husband Films Wife Giving Birth in Their Car

Well, this is one for the outrageous birth books!
Almost 8 million people have viewed Lesia Pettijohn giving birth to her son, Josiah, while her husband, Jon, filmed the whole thing.

Photographer Captures Beauty of Home Birth

Childbirth doesn't generally give off zen vibes, but this new series of photos from Florida photographer Kathy Rosario shows that delivery through a home birth can be, well, peaceful.

C-Section Preemies Benefit from 'Cord Milking'

You may have heard that delayed cord clamping (DCC), waiting to cut the umbilical cord until all the blood has flowed back into baby, has health benefits for your newborn. But doctors are taking things one step further with a new technique called "cord milking": actually pushing the blood back toward the baby with their fingers right after birth.

Quiz: Which Childbirth Class Is Right For You?

There's so much to think about when you're pregnant, especially if it's your first time. Like what do you do if you go into labor? What the heck do you pack for the hospital? And breastfeeding—how does that work? Good news: there's a class for all of that.

8 Easy Ways to Soothe Your Labor Worries

Virtually every pregnant woman has a few anxious moments in the lead-up to labor and delivery. It’s only natural considering the stories you hear. Women all over the world have shared with me their fears of all kinds of birth-related issues that are almost always universal—from anxiety about the pain of labor to fear for you and your baby’s wellbeing.