'Free Birth' Mom's Baby Dies—but the Activist Group That Inspired Her Will Live On

Last month, “Lisa” went into labor while 42 weeks pregnant. She spent “six excruciating days in a remote desert home, laboring alone—aside from her husband and the virtual company of more than 6,000 members of a private Facebook group,” according to a harrowing report by the Daily Beast. That group, Free Birth…

More Mothers Are Dying During Childbirth in the U.S. Than in Any Other Developed Nation

A new, in-depth and rather disturbing investigative report from USA Today confirms a devastating trend we’ve seen over the last few years—more and more mothers are dying during childbirth in the U.S. than any other developed country. That’s 26.4 maternal deaths per 100,000 live births compared to Germany’s 9, the…

My Day at the Jovial, Vital Gathering of Midwives From Around the World

Among North America’s coastal elites, midwifery has become associated with finicky preferences, rigid orthodoxy, and a commitment to doing things right. Regular folks have hospital births. Folks who want to “win” at childbirth by forgoing the epidural, or who turn up their noses at chemicals that course through one’s…

The New Hot Birthing Trend Is 'Vaginal Seeding,' and You Do Not Need to Do It 

There’s a new thing in birth planning called vaginal seeding, which refers to the apparently trendy practice of rubbing your newborn in your vaginal juices after they’re born to make sure they absorb your je ne sais quoi. Are you into this practice, which sounds more like a vintage Dan Savage sex advice column…

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