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In this issue of Attached Family, we take a look at the cultural explosion of breastfeeding advocacy, as well as the challenges still to overcome. API writer Sheena Sommers begins this issue with “The Real Breastfeeding Story,” including …

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1. Pregnancy & Birth

Fertility and conception, pregnancy, childbirth, and the early postpartum period.

2. The Infant

From newborn to 17 months.

3. The Toddler

From 18 months to age 3.

4. The Growing Child

From age 4 to age 9.

5. The Adolescent

From age 10 to age 18.

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Every Birth is Natural
Wednesday, 23 Apr, 2014 – 3:34 | One Comment

By Kelly Coyle DiNorcia, API Leader. Originally published in the 2009 “New Baby” issue of Attached Family magazine
When I became pregnant with my daughter, I had every intention of having a “natural” childbirth. I wanted …

The Importance of Sharing Birth Stories
Wednesday, 23 Apr, 2014 – 2:59 | No Comment

By Tamara Parnay. Originally published in the 2009 “New Baby” issue of Attached Family magazine.
 
Birthing is a hugely important subject for parents and parents-to-be. We have a great deal to learn from and share with …

Jack Christian’s Birth
Wednesday, 12 Feb, 2014 – 4:50 | No Comment

By Walker Powell
I became pregnant quite by accident when I was a senior in college. I’d never really considered different birth options before, but I knew immediately that I wanted a natural home birth.
I sailed …

Birth Story Guidelines
Wednesday, 12 Feb, 2014 – 4:39 | No Comment

Share Your Birth Story

Parents, we invite you to share your childbirth experiences. Sharing birth stories can empower parents to educate others, to break down barriers and help others become more accepting of experiences very different …

Tomorrow is the Last Day He is Four
Tuesday, 25 Jun, 2013 – 3:23 | 3 Comments

By Emily Cherkin, originally published on StartEmpathy.org, reprinted with permission from Ashoka.
This morning, it snowed in Seattle.  And it reminded me of the night Max was born, almost exactly five years ago, when it was …

A Breech Birth Story
Sunday, 12 May, 2013 – 7:14 | One Comment

By Sarah Occident
Natural childbirth has always been fascinating to me. There is something so beautiful about bringing forth life the same way millions of women around the world have throughout the ages. So when we …

Moms and Dads – Share Your Birth Story
Tuesday, 7 May, 2013 – 8:28 | No Comment

We are excited to invite mothers and fathers to share your childbirth experiences. Sharing birth stories can empower parents to educate others, to break down barriers and help others become more accepting of experiences very different from their …

An Interview with Myself: On Epidurals and Natural Birth
Tuesday, 28 Feb, 2012 – 17:31 | 9 Comments

By Ashley Franz
Choosing to have a natural birth is such a personal decision. Everyone has their reasons to have, or not have, a natural birth. Several girls have tried to get me to talk them …

Sydney Rose’s Birthday
Sunday, 17 Jul, 2011 – 20:15 | No Comment

By Kyle Mills
Few things in life are as intense, painful, scary, and mind-blowing as the birth of your child, but I would say that excitement is probably what most people remember feeling when thinking back …

Healing Birth, The Second Time Around
Monday, 3 Jan, 2011 – 20:50 | 5 Comments

By Heather Spergel
How do you heal from a traumatic birth experience? How do you put it behind you and find the inner strength to not only move on but to decide to do it all …

An Attached C-section
Wednesday, 3 Feb, 2010 – 3:04 | 7 Comments

By Catherine McTamaney, EdD, society and education lecturer at Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee USA
It never occurred to me that anything might go wrong.
My partner and I had asked all the big questions as we got …

The ‘Perfect’ Birth
Tuesday, 7 Jul, 2009 – 0:02 | 3 Comments

By Lisa Lord
After learning about modern medical birth in a college course, I knew for sure that I would one day attend a birth center for a drug-free, midwife-attended natural birth. Over the years, I …

Heal Thyself through Birth Storytelling
Tuesday, 2 Jun, 2009 – 0:31 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, managing editor and attachment parenting resource leader (API)
In preparing the Spring 2009 issue of The Attached Family, I asked a number of women to tell their birth stories who were too uncomfortable …

Luke’s Birth
Monday, 27 Apr, 2009 – 9:22 | No Comment

By Jeannette Freeman, leader of API of Southeast Texas
Editor’s Note: Attachment Parenting International does not advocate unassisted birth of any sort. We believe the safest birthing environment for every baby, whether at home or in …

Audrey’s Birth
Monday, 27 Apr, 2009 – 9:02 | No Comment

By Jeannette Freeman, leader of API of Southeast Texas
On Monday morning, August 1, I woke up with my first contraction at 5:30 a.m. I had another at 6:30 a.m., 7 a.m., and then periodically throughout …

The Story of Emily Fran
Monday, 27 Apr, 2009 – 8:22 | One Comment

By Rita Brhel, editor of The Attached Family publications
Emily Fran was born at 8:27 a.m. on Tuesday, October 23, at 19 inches long and six pounds, 12 ounces. I waited a long time to write …

The Story of Rachel
Monday, 27 Apr, 2009 – 8:22 | No Comment

By Rita Brhel, editor of The Attached Family publications
 
Editor’s Note:
This birth story goes along with the article of how I came to Attachment Parenting through my premature daughter’s birth. Find the article, “AP from a …

The Long Wait for William
Monday, 27 Apr, 2009 – 8:22 | No Comment

By Amy McGovern, co-leader of API of Norman, Oklahoma
I woke up on a Sunday wondering, again, if this was the day my husband, Andy, and I would get to meet William. After church, I tried …

The Rocky Arrival of My Twins
Monday, 27 Apr, 2009 – 8:22 | No Comment

By Pam Stone, co-leader of API of Merrimack Valley, New Hampshire
On a Wednesday afternoon, several weeks before my twins were due when I was on bedrest in the Maternity part of the hospital, I started …