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    One of the biggest decisions any mom-to-be has to make is her birth plan and where she wants to deliver her baby. For some, home birth is a given, while others have always seen themselves giving birth in a hospital. But more and more, women are looking to have a natural, medical intervention-free delivery at a hospital, or "natural hospital birth."

    "Women may be comfortable having a home birth, but maybe their partner is or their mother isn't," explains midwife Kristin Mallon, C.N.M. "And a lot of women risk out of having a home birth for various reasons, like they get gestational diabetes or have high blood-pressure. Home birth is really only for the lowest risk women, so other women, who are low-risk but not the lowest risk, can still have that home-like birth they want in a hospital setting."

    Here, 7 steps women can take to plan and have their own natural hospital birth experience ...

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    It's a scary and exciting moment when you first feel those contractions that you know mean it's go-time. Eric and Aubrianne Scheldt of San Diego experienced that life-changing moment in the early hours on Monday morning. Only the rest of their story didn't go as it typically goes for most. Aubrianne wound up delivering their healthy, 9+ pound baby girl, Iona, in the car on the way to the hospital!

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    Ohmahlord! A mother in Pennsylvania just gave birth to a 13-pound, 8 and 1/2-ounce baby. The not-so-little cutie, who was delivered via c-section, is doing fine and almost broke the state record for the biggest baby ever born! (There was someone bigger?!) The brave mama delivered her son, Waldo James Mysterious Dwyer, a few weeks after his due date.

    A few weeks? Yowza! I'm kind of curious as to why this poor woman wasn't induced!

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    A heartwrenching, gut-churning story out of Ocala, Florida involves a woman who gave birth to a premature baby in a motel bathroom after binging on crack cocaine. Thirty-seven-year-old Chrystal A. Hassell, who was seven or eight months along, reportedly cut the newborn's umbilical cord with her teeth after she went into labor. She later called 911 upon seeing that her baby had turned blue.

    Hassell is now in jail, on suicide watch. Thankfully, the infant is hanging on, albeit in critical condition at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

    What on earth are we, let alone law enforcement, to make of this? Perhaps that what happened here is as tragic as it is horrific.

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    There's no shame in admitting you would rather slice off your arm than deliver a baby without the help of heavy drugs. When I gave birth to my first child, there was no doubt in my mind that I would get an epidural -- if it's good enough for more than 50 percent of women who give birth in hospitals, I thought, it's good enough for me. And it did deliver what it promised: my contractions were so painless, I had to be told when to push.

    But the epi also made my body a bit of a wreck after birth -- a shaky, feverish, low blood-pressured wreck. How do I know it was the epidural, you ask? Oh, because when I delivered my son a few days ago -- and I had every intention of getting drugs -- I was denied an epi because I had dilated too quickly. My recovery was amazingly quick and I felt great right away -- but this happy discovery didn't make labor any less frightening. Here are 21 thoughts you just might have if, like me, you discover -- surprise! -- they'll be no drugs for you, missy.

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    It's the most horrifying thing that can happen to a pregnant woman: carrying your child to term only to deliver a stillborn. It's unimaginable. Though, as scary as it is to think about, it's a monstrous reality some women face. The day before her scheduled c-section, Deanna Slifka had no indication something was wrong. She felt her baby move. She thought everything was fine. But during delivery, the baby's heart inexplicably stopped and the doctors could not revive her. Needless to say, Slifka and her husband were wracked with grief. Though what they decided to do next may come as a shock to many.

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    Sometimes things happen that can make even the biggest cynics believe in miracles. And this right here? This is one of those things. A newborn baby who was born last Saturday in Halifax was pronounced dead after she lay completely unresponsive and not breathing for 25 minutes. But 2 minutes after nurses wheeled the infant out of Robin Cyr's room, they returned, stunned, and told the mother that her daughter was in fact alive.

    "A nurse came over ... she couldn’t talk," Ms. Cyr said. "She was speechless, and another nurse came over and said, 'Your baby’s breathing.'"

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    It is a big week for pregnant women in America. A BIG week. A court in one of the nation's biggest states (by population anyway) has ruled that moms can now ban dad from the delivery room!

    Got that? No matter what he says; if you don't want him in there watching you push his baby into the world, he doesn't get in.

    Greatest court ruling ever? Not so fast.

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    Seeing a just-born newborn baby cling to its mother is a beautiful thing. But typically, the little one just wants to nurse or be snuggled. Very rarely does the baby lock its grip on ... its mother's face. However, that's what an adorable brand new baby did when doctors and nurses tried to take the infant away to wash it: Grabbed on to its mother's face and nose like a koala bear -- and oh my god, it's adorable.

    Check out one of the cutest -- and strangest -- videos of a newborn clinging to its mother's face for dear life!

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    Polly McCourtA laboring woman and her doorman were trying to hail a cab to take her to the hospital on Monday, but as anyone knows, getting a cab in New York is a complete crap shoot. Eventually, Polly McCourt's doorman, Anton Rudovic, managed to flag down a free taxi for her, but before she could get into the car, an impatient woman cut in front of her and stole it. Yes, you read that correctly: A woman stole a cab from a woman who was in labor. Actually, the baby was crowning at that very moment. Only in New York!

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