An Unnatural Birth: In Praise of the Caesarean Section

I'm sitting, exhausted, in a tiny circle of new mommies, almost all of us first-timers, with our two-month-old babies in our laps. Some of the babies are sleeping, some are awake. For most of us, I assume, it was a struggle to even get here, to this meetup. It certainly was for me. The mommies are trading birthing… » 10/09/14 1:10pm 10/09/14 1:10pm

Animal Planet Is Giving a Whole New Meaning to 'Labor Day'

If you have nothing to do over Labor Day, why not turn on your computer and spend it watching THE MIRACLE OF LIFE? All holiday weekend, Animal Planet will be showing a live feed on its website of various species giving birth and spoiler alert: it will be intense, slimy and have a damn cute ending. » 8/25/14 7:45pm 8/25/14 7:45pm

Little Girl Watching Her Own Birth Feels All the Emotions

I am so glad I was born before recording a child's birth was the norm (although my mother happily tells me I had to be forcibly evicted from the womb) because I don't know if I would be able to stand the emotional roller coaster of watching myself come into existence. The little girl in this video, however, seems to… » 5/11/14 10:30pm 5/11/14 10:30pm

Woman Gives Birth in the Middle of NYC Street

A woman in labor was trying to hail a cab to the hospital on the Upper East Side of Manhattan on Monday when her baby could no longer wait—she got down on the ground and gave birth right there in the crosswalk on the corner of 68th and 3rd. Fox 5 News cameras happened to catch all the action while on their way to… » 2/25/14 10:20am 2/25/14 10:20am

Hot Right Now: Letting Your Newborn Keep His Placenta for Six Days

Okay, brace yourself. There's a birthing technique that will allow you to live in a house with a Keurig and some wifi but still keep the umbilical cord attached from your baby to its placenta postpartum until it detaches on its own, about a week later, just like chimpanzees do. Sure, it requires lugging the thing… » 10/28/13 1:00pm 10/28/13 1:00pm

Woman Gives Birth in a Bookstore, Proves Bookstores Are Still Useful

So, a pregnant woman walks into a bookstore...and gives birth, right there in the lobby. Get it? Because, at this point in our cultural reliance on THE INTERNET, bookstores have to diversify. You can't just sell books out of bookstore — bookstore proprietorship often means selling coffee, babysitting children, and… » 10/19/13 6:00pm 10/19/13 6:00pm