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A Labor of Love (Two Births) Mothers' Stories

Amy Denton, Wharfedale, Yorkshire, UK   Isaac’s birth was traumatic. My labor started when I got up to pee at 3 am with my water breaking. Contractions became gradually more intense until 8 am, when they stopped altogether. On reaching hospital I was a couple of centimeters dilated and meconium was detected. A drip, which took a number of attempts to place, artificially began my contractions. So...

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Induced Birth Mothers' Stories

Becci Barker, East Morton, Keighley, West Yorkshire, UK Photo: At First Sight Two different experiences of induced birth  When I fell pregnant with my second child I was overjoyed, but at the back of my mind lurked the worry that I might have to endure another long and traumatic labor. During my first pregnancy, I booked a home birth and practiced natal hypnotherapy, but I ended up...

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Birth Interventions Features

Teresa Pitman Sally Parkin: Photos by Mick Watson Alert and active participation by the mother in childbirth is a help in getting breastfeeding off to a good start. Ruth’s first baby was born in a hospital with a doctor she’d met only once before. During labor, the doctor became concerned that there was some meconium (the name given to the stool that the baby passes...

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The Birth-Breastfeeding Connection Features

Updated January 2016 Photo: Deborah Faye Rhodes courtesy of Nic McNamara All your decisions will make a difference in how easily breastfeeding happens. The birth-breastfeeding connection Excerpted from The Womanly Art of Breastfeeding 8th edition, Schaumburg, IL: LLLI, 2010, pages 50, 52. Pick a mammal, any mammal, and imagine it giving birth the way we do. Let’s say you take your laboring dog to a strange place with...

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