birth

Preparing for childbirth: The delicate dance between pushing out and letting go

February 22, 2017

Observing a friend struggling with, and complaining about, the last days of her pregnancy –constantly posting on Facebook about how she finally wanted her baby to make an appearance in the “real world,” listing details about all the activities she undertook in order to make this happen ASAP — made me reflect on the delicate dance that […]

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Birth education matters

November 4, 2014

By Lysa Parker and Barbara Nicholson, cofounders of Attachment Parenting International and coauthors of Attached at the Heart It’s important to remember that a one-time class at a local hospital won’t come close to giving you all the important information you need to be prepared for childbirth. For the best birth outcomes, parents need to […]

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Letters, Labyrinths, and Love

October 10, 2013

This post was originally published on TheBirthingSite.com. At 27 weeks into my pregnancy, I started my letter to him. I didn’t yet know I was carrying a boy. My husband and I had picked out names, but we decided to wait until the birth to know the sex of our baby. So, I addressed my […]

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Preserving Bonds at Birth: Scent and Smell

May 6, 2013

Sometimes, life-saving and injury-preventing medical interventions are necessary for the best birth outcome. Always consult with a trusted and qualified midwife or obstetrician when planning your birth experience.  I thought about naming this series ‘Bonding at Birth’, but realized that wasn’t an accurate depiction of what happens at birth. The fact is, you and your […]

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Choosing Midwifery Care

November 12, 2010

Long before I was pregnant, I knew that I wanted to have midwifery care. It was the first decision I made in preparation for pregnancy and birth. Now, looking back as the mother of a 5 1/2-year-old and a 2-year-old, I’m glad that I made that decision. I’ve had two midwife-attended births, and I would […]

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What Makes for a Positive Birth Experience?

June 4, 2010

My two children were both born in midwife-attended hospital births. I opted against using epidural anesthesia for a number of reasons. But the biggest factor, for me, was that with excellent support and relatively short labors I found the discomfort manageable. I trusted my husband and the midwives who were there with me. Looking back, […]

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Overcoming Isolation When a Baby Arrives

March 10, 2010

Welcoming your first baby is a very overwhelming experience for many parents. In North American culture very few of us spend much time around newborns until we have our own. I probably clocked in about 17 minutes total holding other people’s new arrivals before my daughter was born. Most of us just don’t see a […]

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Ina May Gaskin to Discuss Birth on API Live

July 17, 2009

Ina May Gaskin, author of Spiritual Midwifery and Ina May’s Guide to Childbirth, will be joining API Co-Founder and co-author of Attached at the Heart Barbara Nicholson and former NBC anchor Lu Hanessian on API Live on July 27, 2009. Gaskin will be speaking on the topic ”Special Delivery”: The Gift of Loving Your Best […]

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