All Birth Articles

Birth Centers – An Excellent Blend of Home and Hospital Birth

As you know, I am pretty outspoken about my concerns regarding homebirth. There is, however, an excellent  blend of the comforts of homebirth with the safety of a hospital - a birth center. Although, the choice to have a more natural, nurse-midwife attended birth is frequently available in a...

Right in the Bag: Important Items to Remember Before Going to the Hospital

You have spent the past few months preparing for your new arrival.  You have logged countless hours at the baby stores, read all the blogs on baby proofing and (frantically) prepared for the bundle of joy that is due any time now. You may think (or hope) that you have...

Delivery Room

By Samantha Brown, DivineCaroline Well, let me tell you, the horror you have going into labor and delivery is your own fear. Everyone is scared regardless how many you have. Well, here’s what happened to me—now this does not mean this will happen to you, but maybe my story can...

10 Best Natural Birthing Blogs

For any woman interested, curious about, or already planning to experience unmedicated birth, it can be hard to find useful and/or inspiring information about natural options. Turn on the TV any weekday morning and for several hours there will be show after show about births gone wrong. If there are...

What Every Pregnant Mom Needs to Know About Shoulder Dystocia

By Dr. Linda Burke Galloway, DivineCaroline   Although most pregnant women anticipate a normal, uncomplicated delivery, there are exceptions to the rules. A shoulder dystocia is one of the more frequent complications in the delivery room, and, unfortunately, there is no surefire way to predict it. A shoulder dystocia means...

A Miracle Birth

Childbirth is an amazing time in a woman's life - in a family's life. And, there is no question that childbirth in America is far from perfect. We have a disturbing acceptance of the "medicalization" of birth, far too many interventions and an exorbitantly high cesarean section rate. There is no...

Anatomy of a Painless Labor

By Giuditta Tornetta, DivineCaroline Every book I have ever read on labor stresses the need for preparation. Unanimously, professional on both side of the fence (medical solution to pain-management and those who suggest a more natural approach) preach the importance of informed decisions. Fact is we do not know why...

No Men Allowed in the Delivery Room

By truuconfessions, DivineCaroline Just because your husband helped you make the baby, doesn’t mean he should be there to help you HAVE the baby says one doc. Whether or not your husband can tolerate the site of blood, tears, and the inevitable poop that comes along with childbirth, according to an OB/GYN in the...

Physical Discomforts After Delivery

Physical Discomforts After Delivery Lots of things are happening in your body right after you have a baby. Now that your baby is here, you’re probably feeling some pain or discomfort. Here’s what you can expect. Pains After Birth (Afterbirth Pains)Your uterus contracts and relaxes as it shrinks back...

I am Prepared to Meet Whatever Turn My Birthing Takes

I met Jodi and her husband Mark in Seattle in May of 2009. I was in the middle of a crazy travel schedule that was a combination of book tours, photographing clients in my different studios and caring for my father who just had surgery and lived in a remote...