birth

  1. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    5 Reasons to hire a birth doula

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    Giving birth is a monumentally life-changing experience. Why do it alone? Throughout history, women have labored with the support of...
  2. Parenting Advice & Columns

    Celebrity moms: Ricki Lake

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    It’s not an exaggeration to say that giving birth changed Ricki Lake’s life. Discontent with the experience of her first delivery,...
  3. Parenting

    Performance artist Marni Kotak gives birth in art gallery

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    Performance artist Marni Kotak gave birth to a baby boy named Ajax in a live exhibition at a Brooklyn gallery for her art...
  4. New Moms

    Contractions: Braxton Hicks or are they for real?

    Braxton Hicks, while great practice for the uterus, can be a real nuisance to an expecting mother in the final days. Here are some...
  5. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Should cameras be allowed in delivery rooms?

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    A growing number of hospitals are restricting cameras and video recorders in the delivery room, citing legal issues and patient...
  6. First time pregnancy

    How to create a birth plan

    A birth plan can be as simple or as complex as you choose to make it. It should always be understood to be a written version of the...
  7. First time pregnancy

    Early signs of labor

    The movies make it look so obvious-- a big gush of water and off to the hospital they go. Unfortunately, the membranes will rupture...
  8. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Should you consider a doula?

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    Whether you are planning a pregnancy, just found out you're pregnant or are about to deliver, you've probably paid some thought to...
  9. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Vacuum extraction during delivery

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    In the labor and delivery room, things don't always go as you plan. From lengthy labors to low levels of pain tolerance, each and...
  10. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    IVs during labor

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    As routine as hearing "push!" in the delivery room, IVs are being administered to laboring women as a precautionary measure. If...
  11. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    How to handle an unexpected home birth

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    You're looking forward to delivering in the comforts of the hospital delivery room, only to find that your bun in the oven is making...
  12. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Stages of labor

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    Like your pregnancy, your labor is broke into three stages: the first, the second, and the third stage. However, each stage of labor...
  13. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    How to speed up labor

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    Now that it's go time, it seems that your bun in the oven is taking her sweet time making her grand entrance. But after nine long...
  14. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    What to expect when labor is induced

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    You’ve created a birth plan -- only to find that your doctor has other plans in the home stretch. Whether you’re past your due date...
  15. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    How to manage labor pain naturally

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    Does the thought of your upcoming labor give you heart palpitations? Have you watched one to many birth horror story reality shows...
  16. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    5 Things every new mom needs

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    Let's be honest -- shopping for a new baby can be really fun. So much fun, in fact, that it's easy to get carried away buying bibs,...
  17. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Are you curious about how to eat your placenta?

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    Interested in eating your placenta, but not sure you can stomach it raw? There are lots of ways to get the benefits of this...
  18. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Placenta eating: Bizarre or beneficial?

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    No, we’re not talking about a scene from True Blood or some other vampire flick. We’re talking about a new trend in childbirth. And...
  19. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Plan a natural birth in six easy steps

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    So you’ve watched The Business of Being Born, you are totally up on your Kegels, and your birth ball is already getting a daily...
  20. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Realistic birth planning

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    Writing a birth plan is a wonderful way to begin to educate yourself about labor and the process of giving birth. But it is...