Pregnancy & Childbirth

When we are pregnant, we face many choices that will affect our pregnancy, birth experience, and life with a new baby. Learning as much as we can about the developing pregnancy and various childbirth practices will help as we consider such questions as: What kind of care do I want to receive during pregnancy? Where do I wish to give birth? Who would I like to have with me when...

When we are pregnant, we face many choices that will affect our pregnancy, birth experience, and life with a new baby. Learning as much as we can about the developing pregnancy and various childbirth practices will help as we consider such questions as: What kind of care do I want to receive during pregnancy? Where do I wish to give birth? Who would I like to have with me when I am in labor?

When we are visibly pregnant, most of us are bombarded with advice from well-meaning friends and relatives — and even strangers. Everyone seems to have an opinion on what we should or shouldn’t do, and it’s easy to feel overwhelmed by conflicting recommendations.

The resources in this section will help to sort fact from fiction. Drawing on the most accurate research, the experiences of numerous pregnant and birthing people, and the advice of midwives, physicians and other health care providers, this content will help you gather the information needed to make wise decisions and to approach birth with confidence.

Birth Care Providers

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Choosing the right birth care provider can influence an entire pregnancy, including where the birth takes place and the overall experience of labor and birth.

Birthing Options

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There are many choices in childbirth, and each pregnant person should make decisions based on their individual personal and medical situation.

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Choices in Childbirth

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Choosing a Place of Birth

Breastfeeding/Chestfeeding

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Different breastfeeding positions, how to get a reluctant infant to latch on, storing breast milk, disparities between different communities, and more.

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Breastfeeding as Birth Control

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Breastfeeding Video Series

Fertility & Infertility

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Sort fact from fiction when it comes to infertility and its causes. 

First Year of Parenting

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The first year of parenting can be challenging as well as rewarding.

Labor & Delivery

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Things to think about include birth plans, expectations for the delivery, stigma, postpartum planning, and involving (or laboring without) a birthing partner.

Maternal Morbidity & Mortality

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Why US maternal morbidity and mortality rates are so high and how we can change them.

Reproductive Justice Framework

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RJ is the human right to maintain personal bodily autonomy, have children, not have children, and parent the children we have in safe, sustainable communities.

Your Postpartum Body & Mind

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Our bodies and minds go through many physical, psychological, and relationship changes after giving birth.

Your Pregnant Body

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Pregnancy is transformative for our bodies and, often, for our lives.

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