A Natural Hospital Birth Story

In honor of Mother’s Day this week, I wanted to share a birth story. And you know, I needed my birth story fix. Since I’m fresh out of my own stories since BabyA’s home birth in August, I invited Sherry of This House of Joy to share her exciting...
How to Prepare for Natural Hospital Birth – A Real Mom Shares Tips and Stories

How to Prepare for Natural Hospital Birth – A Real Mom Shares Tips and Stories

If you’re in the process of exploring your birth options or if you’ve already decided that natural hospital birth is for you, I hope the following interview with Bethany, a real mom of 2 babies born naturally in the hospital, will encourage you and answer some of your questions. She’s sharing her best tips for how to prepare for a natural hospital birth, what she loved about natural hospital birth, and how the experience has changed her life.

Best Pregnancy and Birth Tips

With the birth of my second child in August and the launch of my Natural Birth Stories book in October, this has been a very birthy year. In case you missed it, here are the top ten pregnancy and birth posts from GrowingSlower of 2013. You can check out all of the...
Your Newborn Can Crawl!

Your Newborn Can Crawl!

Your newborn can crawl! Babies are born with the instinct to scoot toward their mother’s breast to initiate breastfeeding, but specific conditions need to be in place for it to work. Here’s how to get your newborn crawling to breastfeed.

Love and Lemons

“Remember this, for it is as true and true gets: Your body is not a lemon. You are not a machine. The Creator is not a careless mechanic. Human female bodies have the same potential to give birth well as aardvarks, lions, rhinoceri, elephants, moose, and water...
110 Positive Natural Birth Stories

110 Positive Natural Birth Stories

When I was pregnant with my first child, I devoured natural childbirth stories almost as much as I scarfed down bowls of cable car chocolate topped with brownie bites at our local frozen yogurt shop. Every time I indulged in one of these heroic stories, I felt even...
Birth Matters

Birth Matters

“Whenever and however you give birth, your experience will impact your emotions, your mind, your body, and your spirit for the rest of your life.” -Ina May Gaskin Love all things natural birth? Check out these empowering natural birth posts here at GrowingSlower! ...
11 Biggest Benefits of Natural Birth

11 Biggest Benefits of Natural Birth

While women may initially choose natural birth in order to avoid the negative side effects of medical interventions, they choose it again because of the “I can do anything” feeling. The one common thread that shows up again and again in natural birth stories is the of...
The best obstetrician…

The best obstetrician…

“An obstetrician should have a big rear end and the good sense to sit calmly thereupon and let nature take its course.” -Dr. Bradley     “An obstetrician should have a big rear end and the good sense to sit calmly thereupon and let nature...
The Real Birth Experts

The Real Birth Experts

Day 8 of 31 Days of Natural Birth I recently saw a comment by a woman on Facebook. It said something to the effect of “One thing is for sure, women need to listen to medical professionals. Having a baby doesn’t make anyone an expert.” I’m not...
6 Surprising Stats that will Change the Way You Give Birth

6 Surprising Stats that will Change the Way You Give Birth

These statistics are just a sampling of the evidence that should make us rethink business as usual when it comes to birth in America. Each one represents a choice that many pregnant women are called upon to make about their births. If women had this information available to them, they might choose differently for themselves and their babies. It’s easy to see how without it, many births lead to unnecessary inductions and c-sections.

Why Would Anyone Want a Natural Birth?!

If you’ve never considered having a natural birth before, it may be shocking to find out that around a million women each year plan to have an unmedicated birth. Why would all those women want to experience the pain of childbirth when they could easily get an...

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