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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.

The Dangers of an Unassisted Home Birth

Risk assessment is a big part of being a good parent. And yet, many women are unknowingly putting their unborn child at risk by opting to give birth unsupervised at home.

Are Hospital Births Becoming More Home-Like?

Deciding between a home birth and a hospital birth is no easy decision: while hospitals might be safer for some women, there’s no place like home. Fortunately, a few hospitals are finding middle ground and taking a few pages from the home birth manual, which could help provide the best of both worlds.

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Giving Birth at Home

Let’s get right to it: Is it safe to give birth at home? Well, that depends on the mother, her midwife and which studies you read. Two home birth studies have been published recently, giving us lots to talk about.

Take Control of Your Birth Experience

Women who see themselves as active participants in childbirth and seek a collaborative role with their health care providers are likely to prefer a home birth and a midwife’s care, according to a survey of women 18 to 40 who haven’t yet had a baby.

Ask The Labor Nurse: Why Home Births Can Be Safe

Last weekend I hung out with a student just beginning her journey through nursing school.  She’s planning on working in labor and delivery when she graduates and had a few questions.  Not surprisingly, her questions are ones I’m asked a lot.

Position Statement

Movement and positioning in labor work magic. Movement enhances comfort by stimulating the receptors in the brain that decrease pain perception. The result is that you are able to tolerate increasingly strong contractions. When contractions become very strong, endorphins are released and pain perception decreases even more. Ultimately, your movement in response to your contractions decreases pain and facilitates labor – a win-win. Movement also helps the baby move through the pelvis, and some positions enlarge pelvic diameters.

Home Birth Boom

Sticking close to home is a must for some moms-to-be. Especially when we're talking about giving birth.

Home births jumped 29 percent in the time period from 2004 to 2009, "its highest level since researchers began collecting data 20 years earlier," according to an MSNBC.com report based on figures released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC).

40 Years With Our Bodies, Ourselves

Forty years ago, a book came out that changed women’s health forever.

Baby, You Were Born To Run

I get this question a lot:  How often do women deliver in their cars or at home because they couldn’t make it to the hospital in time?  The answer depends on where you live.  If you’re an American mother, these made-for-television, side-of-the-road deliveries don’t happen very often.  If you live in parts of the world where healthcare facilities and providers are few and far between, well, they happen to thousands of women every day.