Guest Post: Your Brain in Birth? Labor from the neurological-physiological perspective of the mother

A guest post examining how our knowledge of neuroscience can help us better prepare for birth and understand the effects of various interventions and practices on our experience of birth.

Light Drinking and Pregnancy: A Review of the Research

The emotions surrounding any drinking in pregnancy are strong; however, there is still debate about the risk of light drinking in pregnancy. The current article discusses the research surrounding this topic.

Guest Post: Oxytocin and Childbirth

What is oxytocin? Why is it important to the birthing process? How does our current medicalized birth culture affect the release of this important hormone?

Do C-Sections Increase the Risk for Autism Spectrum Disorders or Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder?

A new systematic review and meta-analysis finds a significant relationship between the occurrence of c-sections and autism spectrum disorders. Is this valid? What are the implications?

Long-Term Effects of Delayed Cord Clamping Found

Many of us are aware of the positive effect of delayed cord clamping on iron levels and red blood cell count, but new research suggests there may be even longer term effects worthy of consideration.

Can Epidurals End Post-Partum Depression?

A new study suggests that epidurals can drastically reduce the risk of PPD. The study is flawed, but does manage to show that PPD is highly complex with multiple etiologies.

Where Would You Be Safest Giving Birth? Hint: Not the USA

Where would you rather give birth - in the USA or Albania? Most of you would probably say the USA yet your chances of survival would then be lower. Yes, you as a mother are more likely to die from childbirth-related problems in the USA than Albania. Does that surprise you?

Birth Story: My Natural Cesarean Section

Have you ever heard about or considered a "natural" c-section? Might this be the way to help moms and babies experience early bonding and closeness even without a vaginal birth?

Homebirth: A “Narcissistic” Choice?

Some claim that to choose a homebirth is "narcissistic". But what if we compare the risk of homebirth (only in the US, no less) with other common, modern-day practices, I think people need to reevaluate their stance or be ready to call out a lot more people!

Placentophagia

Placentophagia: The eating of the placenta after birth. It is very common amongst mammals, but not at all amongst humans. Why is this?