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Birthing Method

The Pros and Cons of Water Births

Posted by Lara Salahi March 20, 2014 09:43 AM

Whenever I share my birth story to friends asking for labor advice, I always say that if I could go back, I would have labored longer in water. 

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Chat Wednesday: Labor and Birth Techniques

Posted by Lara Salahi June 17, 2013 12:03 PM

Dr. William Camann, director of obstetric anesthesiology at Brigham and Women’s Hospital and author of "Easy Labor: Every Woman's Guide to Choosing Less Pain and More Joy During Childbirth" answered your questions on different labor and birth techniques.

See the transcript below.


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5 Truths About (Unplanned) C-Sections

Posted by Lara Salahi June 10, 2013 09:38 AM

Taking a childbirth class was probably one of the best decisions I made during my pregnancy.

It allowed three hours a week of undistracted time to communicate our labor and birth plan.

And -- thank goodness -- it shot down my husband’s idea of shoving me in the back of his police cruiser and, sirens on, speed his way to the hospital -- all before ferociously wheeling me through the maternity ward like Julianne Moore in the movie “Nine Months.”

(Oh, Hollywood…)

But, while I spoke highly about childbirth classes to expectant mothers asking for advice on the best thing they can do to include their partner in the journey, I have a confession to make: I wasn’t always paying attention in class.

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Can birthing really be a “wonderful experience”?

Posted by Lara Salahi December 12, 2012 08:24 AM

Tucked into page 267 of the birthing book that has found a place in my bottom bedside drawer is a packet of questions I received from my obstetrician on at my first visit.

Thirty-something weeks later, the answers are only half-filled.

I’ve strategically shoved this packet in an already read book so I wouldn’t feel obliged to crack it open any time soon. The overall placement is also strategic. It’s become challenging at this stage in my pregnancy to bend and reach the back of the lowest drawer -- a good enough excuse to fill it out some other day.

The dreaded packet is my birthing plan.

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About the author

Lara Salahi is an award-winning multimedia journalist whose specialty is reporting health and medical stories. She has worked in local, network, and cable television, international print, and documentary film. She More »

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