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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. 


Mass. bill to ban shackling pregnant inmates in labor clears first major step

Posted by Lara Salahi February 19, 2014 10:50 AM

**Update** On Thursday, Feb. 20, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick announced an end to shackling pregnant inmates in labor. The comment came less than a week after the bill was presented to the state Legislate, and is part of a program he proposed to reduce recidivism by prison inmates by 50 percent over five years.


Massachusetts is one step closer to banning the practice of handcuffing pregnant inmates while they're in labor. The legislation, known as the “anti-shackling bill,” would prohibit shackling pregnant women during and immediately after childbirth. After a decade of its existence, the bill was cleared Friday through the Massachusetts Legislature.

It’s a step in the right direction for the state, and it’s about time.


FAQ: How will a doula help a woman's birthing experience?

Posted by Lara Salahi December 16, 2013 06:39 AM
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Tara Poulin, a mother of five, is a certified Birth Doula, a Birth Doula Trainer and founder of Birthing Gently. Her primary interest lies in working with high-risk mothers and planned cesarean sections at Brigham and Women's hospital in Boston. She is also a childbirth educator and teaches classes at various Isis Parenting locations in Massachusetts. 

Elizabeth’s Story: Grief Following Stillbirth

Posted by Lara Salahi September 25, 2013 07:25 AM

Elizabeth Berrien went into labor right on her due date. She wasn’t surprised. Tookie was his father’s son; the son of a military serviceman who took pride in being on time.  

For Berrien, 32, of Charlotte, NC, Tookie’s arrival in January 2008 was the natural culmination of the perfect pregnancy. She was healthy and energetic throughout the 40 weeks. Now the doctor, the midwife, the doula, and her medic husband Brian were ready.


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.


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.


Welcome Dalia

Posted by Lara Salahi January 22, 2013 07:08 AM

Welcome Dalia!

Born January 17, 2013, 21 inches tall and weighing 7lbs 15 oz.


Duped by the Due Date Mind Game

Posted by Lara Salahi January 16, 2013 08:01 AM

Due dates are a hoax.

There. I said it.

It’s one of those pregnancy myths I wish were true. And I fell for it.

As a journalist, I innocently believed due date meant deadline. Meant you darn well better have something presentable by said date – even if it arrives kicking and screaming.

Even the dictionary says if you are due, you are proper. You are adequate. You are rightful. You are sufficient.

So why isn’t the little boomba here?


Pregnant? There’s an app for that

Posted by Lara Salahi January 8, 2013 08:17 AM

Gone are the days when expectant mothers are expected to stay home and focus 100 percent of their time and energy on their pregnancy.

Today, we’re movers and multi-taskers. Sometimes we hold multiple jobs, take on multiple projects, and care for multiple children, all with soon-to-be baby in tow. Chances are, even at times when we feel like we’re in over our heads, we won’t ask for help when we need it.

This is where our smart phones, laptops, iPads come in handy. They are the keeper of our schedules and can also be a convenient way to keep track of the pregnancy process. Here are some apps designed to help us get through.


Memorable pregnancy stories of 2012

Posted by Lara Salahi December 30, 2012 06:55 AM

2012 is winding down fast, which means I can count the number of days on both hands that baby is scheduled to arrive. Of course, hardly anything goes as scheduled, but it's exciting nonetheless.

Besides personal anticipation of a new addition (and the start of Ultra Sound Pregnancy!) this year brought plenty more memorable pregnancy-related news.

Here's a recap of pregnancy research and news stories that made us excited, think, and sometimes even cringe.


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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