Traditionally, women in labor have been able to eat and drink as they desired. Most birthing women still eat and drink in parts of the world where Western medicine hasn’t yet transformed traditional birthing practices. In colonial times, as Lying-In: A History of Childbirth in America informs us, “female attendants provided food and drink for the laboring woman to keep up her strength, offering such things as toast, buckwheat gruel, mutton, broth, and eggs”
The maternal/child health system is broken, but doulas around the country are developing programs to change that. Learn about some of them in this timely article.
An interview with a unique birth doula—a blind man who came to the work from massage therapy.
A wonderfully written birth story by a woman who experienced shoulder dystocia during the birth of her child.