Posts tagged "childbirth"

Mommie Dearest: Florida Hospital Tried To Force C-Section On A Mom

A Florida mother gave birth to her fourth baby this past Friday amidst a hell of a controversy. Jennifer Goodall, who has had three previous C-sections, had been hoping to attempt a vaginal birth with her fourth delivery. However, her providers at Bayfront Health Port Charlotte were not on board with her wishes and went…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 31, 2014

New Minnesota Law Prevents Pregnant Inmates From Being Shackled

A new law just went into effect in Minnesota that bans the use of shackles and restraints on pregnant inmates and also allows them access to doulas. [RH Reality Check] Jezebel.com recently announced the hiring of a new young editor who is white, while passing over a…
By: Jessica Wakeman / July 8, 2014

New Reality Show “Born In The Wild” Depicts Moms Giving Birth In The Forest

Childbirth is a miracle. It's a miracle that I intend to experience (hypothetically, in the distant future, maybe) with an epidural and as many pain-numbing drugs as they'll give me. Some moms-to-be go the other extreme: giving birth outdoors, literally on the floor of the fuckin' woods, sans a doctor. And because this is America, there'…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 10, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Talk About The Placenta

It always amuses me when something concerning pregnancy, birth, or parenting pops up as a "trend." Odds are, that "trend" has been in practice for ages, but most likely in non-urban, non-privileged, non-U.S. areas. Take, for example, the notion of using midwives to deliver babies over OB-GYNs. Only when it hit Brooklyn and the New…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / May 7, 2014

Mommie Dearest: Add Water Births To The List Of Confusing Choices For Expectant Moms

Birth: one of the most private, personal and intimate moments of a woman’s life. And for good reason — most usually end with a baby being pushed out of a vagina, and that’s pretty damn intimate. Yet at the same time, how one births has been long debated, challenged, and talked about in public, with…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / March 26, 2014

Zimbabwean Women Fined $5 For Each Scream During Childbirth

In Zimbabwe, a country where the average yearly income is $150, giving birth in a hospital can be prohibitively expensive at $50. But at one corrupt hospital, this price can increase depending on how much the woman giving birth screams. Yes, a local hospital in Zimbabwe apparently considers screams during childbirth to be “raising false…
By: Mary Odell / July 12, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Why Is Maternity Care So Darn Expensive?

Apparently, when it comes to maternity care costs in this country, I lucked out big time. Seven years ago, when I found myself pregnant for the first time, I had just switched from my own insurance to my husband’s much better one, and had only one, $25 co-payment for the entirety of my pregnancy --…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / July 10, 2013

5 Women Who Had No Idea They Were Pregnant

Every now and then the unthinkable happens and a baby is born to a mother that didn’t even know she was pregnant. Such stories are often met with skepticism because in most cases, pregnancy is a incredibly obvious condition. The big bellies. The lack of a period. The cravings for pickles and tiramisu. In a…
By: Mary Odell / June 28, 2013

12 Reasons I’m Obsessed With “Call The Midwife”

If you have been in a one mile radius of me anytime in the past few weeks, you have probably heard me tell you all about how I love "Call The Midwife," mention I'm going home to watch "Call The Midwife," or suggest you watch "Call The Midwife." That is because — yup — I…
By: Jessica Wakeman / April 28, 2013

Watch This: Men Find Out What Childbirth Feels Like

In the latest experiment for their show "Guinea Pigs," Dutch TV hosts Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno were hooked up to an electro-simulator that mimics the painful contractions women experience during labor. The video is in Dutch, but around the 7-minute mark, it becomes very clear that agony is a universal language. Apparently the guys underwent two…
By: Winona Dimeo-Ediger / January 22, 2013

Mommie Dearest: Let’s Give Pregnant Kate Middleton Some Space

If you’ve been living under a rock for the past few days, then allow me to be the first to share the breaking news: Princess Kate is pregnant! Now feel free to join in with the rest of the world as it goes absolutely completely bonkers in reaction. I understand that a new…
By: Avital Norman Nathman / December 7, 2012

Illinois Woman In Labor Votes Before Going To Hospital

Now that's dedication! Illinois mama-to-be Galacia Malone stopped at her local voting station to vote while her contractions were still five minutes apart. Once she voted, she dashed off to the hospital to give birth. Amazing. [ABC News] Women in the military say that sexual assault is still very much a problem. […
By: Jessica Wakeman / November 6, 2012

Woman Gives Birth Alone On The Subway At 1:30 A.M.

I am proud of myself when I kill a spider without bursting into tears and shrieking. So I can't imagine what it must be like to give birth on a subway car. Alone. In the middle of the night. But that's exactly what Wanda Dueno, 24, of Philadelphia did two nights ago. While visiting family…
By: Jessica Wakeman / June 28, 2012

Today’s Lady News: Abortion Is Safer Than Giving Birth, Says Study

Abortion is safer for American women than giving birth, according to a new study published yesterday in the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology. A woman is about 14 times more likely to die during or after giving birth than from complications involving an abortion. Put that in your pipe and smoke it, anti-abortion protesters who claim…
By: Jessica Wakeman / January 24, 2012

Eating Placenta? It’s Mmm-Mmm-Good!

Eating placenta might sound like the most hippie of hippie-dippie pursuits. But if an article in New York magazine is to be believed, eating your afterbirth (or placentophagia) is trés, trés chic. In Western hospitals, placenta has traditionally been disposed of alongside medical waste. Some women would ask to take their placenta home with…
By: Jessica Wakeman / August 23, 2011

Tilda Swinton Says That Giving Birth Is “Murderous” Business

"In movies, and particularly in television films, when people have babies they are sitting in a hospital room and there are flowers everywhere. They are made up, magically, and they have a baby in their arms and it’s all really lovely. They start getting pink baby clothes... [Giving birth is] a truly, truly murderous business.
By: Kate Torgovnick/Kate-Book.com / May 13, 2011

Deaths From Pregnancy And Childbirth Decline Worldwide

Researchers have reported a significant decline in deaths of mothers during pregnancy and childbirth worldwide. In 2008, about 342,900 women died from complications associated with these conditions, whereas in 1980, 526,300 women died. Several factors have contributed to the improvement -- fewer pregnancies in some countries, higher incomes have led to improved health care and…
By: Annika Harris / April 17, 2010

Man Goes Through Simulated Childbirth To See If He Can Handle The Pain

We've all heard the old women-versus-men pain threshold debate. It almost always goes the same way. A man in the middle of a crowded bar raucously boasts that he can withstand more pain than a woman. Any woman! Then, some gal in his vicinity gently puts down her gin and tonic, peers over her glasse…
By: Nikki Dowling / October 15, 2009

“Suck Up The Pain” Is Midwife Denis Walsh’s Mantra

If you’re preggers and thinking of having an epidural, think again, says male midwife Dr. Denis Walsh. He claims the pain induced by labor is purposeful, necessary, and will prepare a mother “for the responsibility of nurturing a newborn baby.” Huh, dude?
By: Carrie Wasterlain / July 13, 2009

Giving Birth Is No Time To Let Yourself Go!

It’s about time selfish women stopped thinking about themselves when they give birth. Their poor male partners have to stand beside them through all that screaming and crying while their ladies look so sweaty and unkempt! Giving birth is no time to let yourself go, ladies. Fortunately, now we have Pretty Pushers’ A Dressed U…
By: Jessica Wakeman / May 6, 2009
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