natural birth

Pregnant Hawaiian Woman’s Birth Plan Includes Unusual Doula

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Water births have become more popular over the years, but this woman is about to take things to a whole new (sea) level. Spiritual healers Dorina Rosin and Maika Suneagle are expecting their first child later this month on Hawaii’s Big Island. The couple’s birth plan includes delivering baby in the ocean through... Read more

Childbirth Choices: How Media Influences a Woman's Choice

Most people say they're going to have a natural birth, right? Not the case, a new study found. And it's the media that's steering most women towards medical intervention, like epidurals. Researchers from Monash University and Queensland University of Technology found women's magazines are largely biased towards promoting the benefits of a medicalized... Read more

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

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