Birth

World Doula Week: 5 Reasons to Consider a Labor Coach

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It's the final day of World Doula Week! What's a doula? How can she improve your birthing experience? An actual doula weighs in. 'Doula' is a Greek term for 'slave', which was appropriated to describe the women who lend themselves to serve birthing mothers. I use the term birth coach since most people understand what that... Read more

TOMS Pledges Safe Births with New Bag Collection

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With a long-standing reputation as one of the most charitable brands in business, it was only a matter of time before TOMS (famous for their shoes and glasses) expanded into the pregnancy realm. The brand introduced a collection of bags last week. From wallets and cross-bodies to big ol' duffels, these bags promise to save lives,... Read more

A Peek Inside Kate Middleton’s Posh Push Room and Delivery Playlist

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Sounds like mum-to-be Kate Middleton just pulled a Beyonce, y'all! While the palace preps for the royal baby, details continue to slowly seep out that give the general public candid clues as to just what's happening beyond the palace walls -- inside Kate's delivery room and into her reported birthing playlist. The Duchess, who's due... Read more

A Mom Shares: Why I Chose to Have a C-Section

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Before I got pregnant, you could say I was pretty undereducated about the birth options. I just figured I’d have an epidural and have a baby. I didn’t even realize that my own mother had had two natural (drug-free) births before my youngest sister was born via C-section.  But once I saw that... Read more

‘Teen Mom’ Leah Messer-Calvert Gives Birth to Another Baby Girl!

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This morning a congratulations is definitely in order! The star of Teen Mom 2, Leah Messer-Calvert, and her husband Jeremy Calvert, welcomed another beautiful baby girl into the world early on February 4th, according to In Touch Weekly. This is the first for the happy couple. Leah is already mom to adorable twin... Read more

Hurricane Sandy Birth Stories

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Marina Harutunian and daughter, Marianna, who was born Monday night during Hurricane Sandy.NBC News / The Bump Marina Harutunian and daughter, Marianna, who was born Monday night during Hurricane Sandy.
It’s safe to say that 34 year old Christine Schleppy didn’t have “deliver during a hurricane in a mobile medical shelter” in her birth plan. But that's exactly what happened after she started having contractions last night at 6 p.m., just as Hurricane Sandy was hitting her New Jersey neighborhood, reports Read more

Tori Spelling Welcomes Baby #4 (and He Has a Great Name!)

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The #BumpProud mama Tori Spelling is now #BabyProud as she announced the arrival of baby Finn Davey McDermott this evening! The mother of now 4 kids (bless her!) tweeted, "It's a boy!" and posted this touching shot of Finn's hand. Born August 30, 2012 at 5:39pm, Finn weighed 6 pounds, 6... Read more

Circumcised vs. Uncircumcised: New Studies Add to the Debate

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What began as a religious procedure has become a highly debated topic among parents and medical professionals. For more than 20 years, the number of circumcisions per year has declined drastically. Today, 55 percent of the 2 million baby boys born each year undergo the procedure, compared to 79 percent in the 1980s. The reason... Read more

Brazilian Women Fight For Birthing Rights

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When you gave birth, did you opt for surgical, natural, or water birth? Unfortunately, not all women are given a choice. In Brazil more than half of all babies are delivered via C-section. A statistic that the women are trying to change. Last month, after a medical agency in Rio de Janeiro forbade doctors from performing home... Read more