Late in the Game: How I Found a Midwife & Took Charge of My Birth Story

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.

The Miracle of Homebirth

Homebirth is the gold standard, God’s standard, the highest standard of Birth possible. The uplifting feeling a mom gets, having birthed in her own power, is unlike anything else in the world.

A Midwife’s Tale of Homebirths in India

A midwife shares two stories of homebirths in India, including her first-ever home waterbirth.

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Are We Ready to Standardize Homebirth?

A paradigm shift in national health care is imminent. If traditional midwives want to be a part of it, argues Linda Lieberman in this provocative essay, they may have to be willing to temper their renegade spirits and make a few compromises.

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Nuchal Cords Are Necklaces, Not Nooses

Using research based on more than 180,000 births, Judy Slome Cohain investigates the medical myth surrounding nuchal cords and argues that practitioners should stop testing prenatally for cords wrapped around babies’ necks and, instead, treat nuchal cords as common, normal and safe occurrences.

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My Journey into Planned Homebirth in Venezuela

A Venezuelan doctor dedicates himself to attending homebirths in his country despite the obstacles thrown at him by government officials, other doctors and others who refuse to see past the accepted, technocratic model of birth.

Capturing My Sense of Pregnancy

A mother-to-be remembers the “fiery, grey-haired, political activist” midwife who caught her two younger brothers and says these memories helped shape her lifelong belief that birth is a natural, normal experience that is best done at home, in the presence of loved ones and a trusted midwife.

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Don’t Risk Yourself Out of a Homebirth—Prevent Gestational Diabetes

A childbirth educator cautions that nutrition is the key to preventing gestational diabetes and having a healthy homebirth.

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