Why Birth Matters


The importance of how we are born and how we birth our children is a key component in prenatal and perinatal psychology. These early experiences help shape us as humans. Having a gentle birth allows for the best start for mother and baby; but also for humanity. Programs such as the Mother-Friendly Childbirth Initiative – (Coalition for Improving Maternity Services), The World Health Organizations Baby Friendly Hospital Initiative – (WHO), and Baby Friendly USA – (Baby Friendly USA) have begun to implement the much needed preventions and evidence based measures to help mothers have healthier births. Preventing unnecessary medical or other  birth related trauma essential. How you were born and raised plays a large role in how we birth and raise our future children. It takes more than just awareness of the issue, it takes action and understanding to change policies and archaic methods that no longer benefit us as a society.

Here are a few videos from YouTube that touch on the importance of birth.

Midwives Know Birth Matters – YouTube Video

Birth Matters – A Song About a Very Important Event

Ina May Gaskin on Birth Matters: A Midwife’s Manifesta


Birth Matters, Midwifery, and Active Childbirth


Nurse Midwives Offer Different Approach to Childbirth

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Midwife Aims to Make Childbirth More Active

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Giving Birth at Home Leads Woman to Become Midwife

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Childbirth and Child Psychology Articles


Why Is Childbirth So Expensive in the U.S.?

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Rare Birth Defect on the Rise

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How Exercise During Pregnancy Can Make Childbirth Easier

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Beyond Attachment to Parents: Children Need Community

‘”For good biological reasons, children want and need to move beyond their parents.”

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Good Parenting

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No Oxytocin Benefit for Autism

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Investigating ADHD in Children Born Prematurely

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Merleau-Ponty’s Child Psychology

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A Parent’s Prerogative: You Have the Right to Change Your Mind

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Understanding Children’s Emotions: The Importance of Curiosity and Interest

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Taking a New Look at Human Development

“Jerome Kagan has been at the forefront of developmental psychology..he was once listed as the 22d most influential psychologist of the 20th century — right ahead of Carl Jung and Ivan Pavlov.”

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Childbirth, The HypnoBirthing Method, Kangaroo Care, and Informed Consent


Experts Say Contraception is the Key to Reducing Child and Maternal Deaths.

Do you agree?

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Texas Childbirth Death Rates Rise

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Childbirth: Keep An Open Mind, Do What’s Right For You

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Not Cutting Umbilical Cord Immediately May Boost Baby’s Health

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Expectant Mothers Turn to HypnoBirthing Method for Calmer Delivery

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"Kangaroo Care" Delivers Benefits Beyond Bonding and Breastfeeding for Tiniest Newborns

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The Cost of Childbirth in the U.S.

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Informed Consent in Childbirth

Making Rights into Reality

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One Simple Guideline That Could Reduce America’s High Infant Mortality Rate


Despite having the highest health care costs in the world, the U.S. is far from the top in preventing infant mortality.”

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Hope you all are having a great 4th of July holiday weekend!


Emerging Risk Factors ID’d for Postpartum Depression

Mid section of a pregnant female lying in bed

“Emerging risk factors for postpartum depression include the serotonin transporter genotype and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acid status, both of which may interact to affect risk, according to a review published in the November issue of The Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.”

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Too Many Women Continue to Die in Childbirth

“The United States can do better than dead last on maternal mortality in the developed world. We can show the way!”

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Why You Can’t Get a Baby’s Cry Out of Your Head (Even If You Don’t Have Children)


  • “"Researchers find the cry of a baby triggers emotional responses in the brain unlike any other sound – even in non-parents
  • Oxford University team found cry triggers brain’s emotional response in just 100 milliseconds”

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Pregnancy Articles

Brain Tumors in Pregnant Women Caused by Higher Blood Levels, Not Hormones


“Meningioma’s are a common type of benign brain tumor that sometimes grows dramatically in pregnant women. A new study suggests that this sudden tumor growth likely results from "hemodynamic changes" associated with pregnancy, reports the November issue of Neurosurgery, released Friday.”

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Teen Pregnancy Study: Students Need Better School Support


“California lawmakers slashed a successful program for such students in 2008, ruling it was no longer mandatory, and allowed school districts to use the money for other programs.”

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Having Sex During Final Weeks of Pregnancy ‘Won’t Speed up Labor’


“Pregnant women who are keen to jump-start their contractions have long relied on traditional remedies from eating hot curries to having sex, but scientists has revealed that making love doesn’t bring on labor.”

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