birth

My epidural made me stop wanting to die. Image: Thinkstock.

Whether Or Not Someone Gets An Epidural Is None Of Your Business

We compare birth stories like war stories. Twelve hours of labor, 32 hours of labor, three hours of pushing, we fall into the trap of trying to one- Read...
David Minerva Clover    |   07.18.16   |   SHARE
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Children make me giddy, whether I’m on the subway or in the park. Image: Adrianna Calvo/Pexels.

When None Of Your Feminist Friends Want Kids

Most of my friends are my age or slightly older and yet virtually none of them want children… ever. They argue that women deserve respect and Read...
Christine Stoddard    |   07.18.16   |   SHARE
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Most moms, and parents, have had moments like this — they have had thoughts which seem dark and awful, and which they’d rather not admit out loud. Image: Kim Zapata.

I Fantasized About 'Getting Sick' After My Baby Was Born

One thing I cannot forget was how much I wanted to “get sick.” How I longed to get some sort of ailment or bedridden condition. I cannot forget how I Read...
Kim Zapata of Babble    |   07.15.16   |   SHARE
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A simple flu shot would have changed everything. Image: Melissa Barvels.

I Didn't Get The Flu Shot While I Was Pregnant — And Wound Up Giving Birth In A Coma

A simple flu shot would have changed everything. It would have saved my family and I a lot of heartache; it would have prevented me and my son from Read...
Melissa Barvels of Babble    |   06.30.16   |   SHARE
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I was emotionally and physically depleted. Image: Thinkstock.

Surviving Postpartum Depression And Hypnagogic Hallucinations

She was beautiful; I wanted to love her. But there was this nagging voice inside me: "What if I can’t love this baby as much as my son? Is there Read...
Sarah Fader    |   06.8.16   |   SHARE
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This miracle outcome is not based in fantasy, but in science. Image: mvorocha/Pixabay.

I'm A Doula, And Let Me Tell You, Orgasms During Childbirth Are A Real Thing

My initial reaction when I first heard about women who reported orgasms during birth was that they were lying braggarts — mainly because I was Read...
Bailey Gaddis of Babble    |   06.6.16   |   SHARE
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We have to believe that better birth is possible. Image: ABC.

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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The baby is on the outside. Image: Thinkstock.

The Shower, PTSD, And My Traumatic Labor

[CN: PTSD, pregnancy, birth] Something snapped inside me and I was transported backwards in time. Read...
David Minerva Clover    |   05.23.16   |   SHARE
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