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I Regret Circumcising My First Two Sons, So I Didn’t Circumcise The Third

When my son came out of surgery seventeen-and-a-half years later, I held him and cried with him and said I was sorry. I regret circumcising my son! Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   03.19.18   |   SHARE
So much of my pregnancy and delivery were marked by fear and anxiety, rather than acceptance and a growing confidence in my body’s abilities. (Image: Thinkstock)

Does Body Confidence Have An Effect On Pregnancy And Labor?

In the final weeks of pregnancy with my second child, I went to a group appointment alongside other mothers-to-be and their partners at my Read...
Sarah Bregel    |   09.23.16   |   SHARE
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Why The Way We Portray Birth In Entertainment Matters

We are taught to fear birth from early on in our lives, and the way it’s portrayed for entertainment’s sake plays a huge, disturbing role in that. Read...
Sarah Bregel    |   06.3.16   |   SHARE
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4 Things (I Didn't Google) That Turned Me Into A Crunchy Mom

[CN: pregnancy, birth] I’ve always considered myself pretty open-minded, but honestly, before I had my first baby, I probably would’ve scoffed at a Read...
Sarah Bregel    |   05.25.16   |   SHARE
His birth was supposed to be peaceful, swimming into the world in our kitchen, surrounded by his family, welcomed with cake and champagne. Image: supplied.

My Labor And Birth Didn't Go As Planned — And No, I'm Not 'Over' It

I was lucky I didn’t have a c-section. I was lucky he was born, healthy and huge at 10+ pounds, with two hefty pushes. I was lucky. I sobbed anyway. Read...
joni edelman, RN   |   04.26.16   |   SHARE
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Ravishly's Top 5 Reads Of The Week

Facial hair, marriage, privilege, play parties, ugliness. Just another week at Ravishly. Read...
Ravishly Staff    |   01.17.15   |   SHARE

On Fear And Bliss: Homebirth And The Human Experience

With the help of the midwife—and immense effort on my part—Ella finally slid out into the water. But she was limp, pale. It was scary. Read...
Joni Edelman    |   01.13.15   |   SHARE
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I Had A Homebirth! And It Was Way Better Than The Hospital

Is that incense I smell? A drum circle in the distance perhaps? Chanting? Herbal potions? Perhaps a cauldron? Could it be homebirth? Read...
Joni Edelman    |   09.15.14   |   SHARE
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