A registered nurse discusses why she switched—at 37 weeks—from planning a hospital birth with an obstetrician to giving birth naturally, in a free-standing birth center with a certified professional midwife and a doula.
A mother shares her waterbirth story and urges others to have faith in the process of birth, their bodies and their babies.
An intensely poignant story about a very surprising homebirth, excerpted from midwife Carol Leonard’s book, Lady’s Hands, Lion’s Heart: A Midwife’s Saga.
After having two sons and three miscarriages, a mother worries about birthing her third child, but finds peace and strength in her planned home waterbirth.
Pleased that her midwives were there to support her during two normal, physiological births at home, a mother discovers that, when things turned abnormal, the medical world was also there to care for her.
After three hospital births, a mother discovers homebirth and gets the respectful, no-stress birth she’s been craving.
A mother uses a mantra she learned while hiking the Inca Trail in Peru to have a peaceful birth.
Ada strode into the office accompanied by her husband, mother and grandmother. She was the picture of health—and education.
Five weeks before her due date, a Washington State mother learns from her out-of-hospital midwives that they will be unable to care for her because her baby is breech. A decision to drive to Oregon, where midwives can assist breech births at home is made, but baby has other plans. In the end, the couple’s Oregon midwife assists via phone and Bruno is born butt-first at home, into his mother’s hands.