How and Why to Support Beneficial Bacteria During Pregnancy and Beyond

Recent scientific studies show that the baby is interacting and takes in the mother´s beneficial bacteria throughout pregnancy and during natural birth and breastfeeding. The risk for pregnancy complications seems to partially depend on whether mother´s bacteria are dominated by beneficial or potentially pathogenic strains. This new knowledge means that we need to pay close attention to the symbiotic bacteria of pregnant women and new mothers and help beneficial strains thrive and prosper.

A Right and Wrong Way to Squat When Giving Birth

There is a right and a wrong way to squat when in labor and giving birth. Unfortunately, most women are taught the wrong way. Learn the true birth-squat position and why it will lead to a more comfortable birth.

Birth Is As Beautiful As Bali

Ten days in beautiful Bali with some of the most influential birth keepers has this writer and doula asking, Why Bali?

Mother Earth Embodied: Honoring Our Fertility

In this guest blog by Samantha Zipporah, full spectrum doula and holistic sexual health educator, the relationship between the natural cycles of the earth and the woman are poetically explored.

Belly Dancing Through Pregnancy

She had ballet under her belt with her first birth and has turned to belly dance with the birth of her second. In a conversation with Jamie Rose Lyle, who dances with Gypsy Heart Tribal Belly Dance, she tells us about the birth of her first child and how she thinks belly dancing will change the birth of her second.

Top 10 Comments from Home-Birth Mothers

In listening to the stories of mothers who have chosen home birth, the same sentiments are heard again and again. Here is what they have to say in their own words.

Discovering Dancing for Birth

A few words describing how I came to Dancing for Birth and why I believe every woman should dance through her birth.

Goat Midwifery

Ilene White Freedman’s goat is in labor, reminding Ilene of her own natural childbirth experiences.

The Waves of Labor and Birth

A recent trip to the Oregon coast reminds me of how labor contractions mimic the waves of the ocean. How does this visualization help in childbirth?

Why I Was Too Chicken to Have a Medicated Birth

I do not know that there is a natural birth movement. I do not know what a doula is. I do not know about pre-natal yoga. The only thing I do know at this point is that there is no way in hell that anyone is sticking a huge needle into my spine and no one is going to be cutting anything around me unless it is an umbilical cord.

Birth Story of Nathalia Christine Part 2

Expecting our third child any day, I went into labor the afternoon of July 27th. Almost 12 hours of labor later, the contractions stopped. I was starting to lose all trust I had in my body and the birthing process. This is Part 2 of Nathalia's story.

Birth Story of Nathalia Christine Part 1

Our third child arrived the night of July 30, 2012. After many weeks of waiting and 12 hours of labor that stalled, we welcomed our daughter Nathalia Christine earthside. This is Part One of our birth story.

Preparing for a Home Birth

As my birthing day draws near, I am settling in and nesting and preparing our home for the upcoming birth by gathering birth supplies, essentials and creating my birth space.

My Birth Altar

A Birth Altar is a space that will become a power symbol of one's birth. I have begun creating my birth space and bringing together objects that will become my collection of strength during my home birth.

Chemicals to Avoid During Pregnancy: Retinol

In the third in a series on potential toxins and chemicals to avoid during pregnancy, Natural Home & Garden Editor Jessica Kellner discusses the dangers associated with use of retinol in skin care products.

DIY Home Birth

This week's post is a guest submission by Kaitlin Rose from Bring Birth Home. She writes about preparing for a home birth, and why it's truly DIY.

A Prenatal Appointment With a Home Birth Midwife

What does a typical prenatal appointment with a home birth Midwife consist of and how does it differ from an appointment with an OB? What is the Midwifery Model of Care and how is that applied during your visit with a midwife?

Oakley's Birth Story - Part 2

After many weeks of prodromal labor and a baby who kept momma on the edge by constantly changing position, Suzanne goes into labor with Baby O in a posterior position. Read Part 2 of Oakley's Birth Story.

Oakley's Birth Story - Part 1

The birth story of Baby Oakley from my dear friend Suzann is an important one. Someimes things don't go as planned, but her story goes to show that an empowering birth is about trust, love, support and the power of choice.

Joshua's Birth Story - Part 2

On Mother's Day 2011, Brandy went in to labor with her fourth child. She was planning a HBAMC (Home Birth After Multiple C-Sections). She woke up that morning ready to bring her son into this world on her terms. This is Part 2 of her story.

Joshua's Birth Story - Part 1

Mother's Day was this past Sunday, so I felt it was appropriate to share two beautiful birth stories this week that were sent to me from two extraordinary and strong women. This first story, in two parts, is a story about a HBAMC.

Sacred Pregnancy

I recently received a copy of the new book and pregnancy journal Sacred Pregnancy from author Anni Daulter. I was thrilled when Anni agreed to guest post this week for the blog on what makes a Sacred Pregnancy.

7 Months and Counting

An introduction to my current pregnancy with Baby #3 and plans for a second homebirth. Details of my seventh month and thoughts on the gender of our baby.

The Power of Trust: The VBAC Birth Story of Evangélina

October 6, 2010, at 11:04 am I said the three words I waited over four and a half years to say. I looked in to my newborn daughter’s eyes and said I DID IT! This is the VBAC homebirth story of my daughter Evangélina.

Baylin's Gift - A Birth Story

My name is Antonette, and I am a new blogger here at MOTHER EARTH NEWS. Before I can blog my pregnancy journey for you all, I must first do something that has taken six years ... write the birth story of my son Baylin.

Goats: Just Kidding! Part 5

After the kidding is over, we take good care of our girls! And, the babies need to be bottle fed, so here are the instructions on how we feed our kids.

Goats: Just Kidding! Part 4

The babies have arrived, now is the time to take care of all of the other parts of caring for the newborns!

Goats: Just Kidding! Part 3

Baby kids do not always present in the correct position when descending the birth canal. Learn about the different positions and how to handle them.

Momma’s Little Baby was Born at Home

The discussion of home birth often revolves around the mother and the newborn baby. This blog post describes the experience through the eyes of the father, and the amazing respect for the family's midwife that came from the day of his son’s birth.