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Birth Stories

Birth On The Big Screen

During last week’s Los Angeles Film Festival, I was invited to a pre-screening Q&A with filmmakers and working mamas Sara Lamm and Mary Wigmore, the duo behind Birth Story: Ina May Gaskin and The Farm Midwives.

C-Section Photo Essay

When I ended up having a Cesarean section with my first child, Dylan, 10 years ago, I wasn't that surprised. Disappointed and nervous, yes, but not surprised. Not only was I aware of the fairly high C-section rate in this country even then, but I also realized that some babies just have to be delivered with, as they say, surgical intervention. And when I found out I was pregnant with twins last year, I knew that because of my medical history, I was destined for another C-section. This time around, I was completely OK with it: I knew what to expect, so I wasn't nearly as nervous.

Avoid Intervention

When it comes to natural childbirth, knowledge really is power. If you're hoping to avoid interventions such as induction, episiotomy, or C-section, it’s important to be informed and to ask questions.

You can increase your odds of having a natural delivery, starting here:

It's Only Natural
Want a drug-free delivery? Here are 5 ways to increase your chances.

When Home Birth Doesn’t Work Out

Home births constitute about one percent of all deliveries in the US and a much higher percent in other parts of the world. That’s about 40,000 American babies born at home and doesn’t include mothers who planned on having a homebirth, but for one reason or another, ended up transferring to a hospital.  

Birth – Here and There

Reader emails from around the world, like the one copied below, provide an opportunity to contrast our experiences with pregnancy here in the United States with those of women from other cultures and parts of the world. This reader asked that I not use her name. She has lived in the US one year.  The subject line read:  Urgent advice needed.

Hi Jeanne,

Will You Skype, or FaceTime, Your Birth?

If a loved one can’t be there when you deliver your baby, consider using Skype or FaceTime so he or she can share in your birth experience. To make sure the process goes smoothly, keep these apps and their features in mind: 

Skype: You can download Skype to an iPhone, iPad, iPad mini, PC, Mac, Android or Kindle Fire HD. Both parties will need a mobile device or computer with an internal camera or a web camera hooked up for video to work both ways on Skype. 

My Birth Story

Well, as you may have seen from the announcement here, Tucker was born almost two weeks ago! The days since have passed in the expected blur, with my mother-in-law coming to cook and help out when we got home from the hospital, and then my mom coming out from Oregon this week. We are sleep deprived and in a bit of shock, I think, but elated.

I thought I’d share my birth story, in case anyone was interested.

Real Life Stories: Pregnancy Complications

Being pregnant can result in unexpected medical conditions. Here, three mothers share the emotional and physical hurdles they faced along the way.

Rachel's Story

“The idea of a C-section scared me because it is major surgery.”  Rachel Rosen, Tarzana,  Calif.

Tell Me A Story

When you’re a labor nurse, part of your job description both on and off duty is listening to “story time;” women’s recaps of how labor progressed and how their birth happened. Women must tell. It’s uncontrollable.

Real Life Stories: Single Moms

“I love being a mom. I feel like life is now complete.” Melisande Green, Los Angeles

At age 37, I found out I was expecting and I was thrilled. I had been separated previously from my husband; but at the time, we were back together. Once I knew I was pregnant, I began to feel as if I needed to watch out for my life in a bigger way. The same problems with my husband kept surfacing, so I filed for divorce when I was six weeks pregnant.