labor and delivery

  1. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Tips for the first stage of labor

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    Do the mysteries of what to expect during labor and delivery have you feeling anxious? You can relax a little bit when you have...
  2. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Forceps during delivery

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    You dream of the perfect delivery and birth of your baby, but your bun in the oven may have plans of his own. Although forceps are...
  3. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Would you avoid a holiday birth?

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    So you’re due on or around Christmas and your doctor has offered to induce you (or schedule a C-section) a week or so before the big...
  4. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Doula or don’t?

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    If you’re planning on a drug-free labor, you may benefit from the assistance of a professional birth coach. Examine your birth plan...
  5. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    What is a lotus birth?

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    You want your baby's grand entrance into the world to be smooth and stress free, but is opting to cut the cord doing more harm than...
  6. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    The truth about epidurals

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    Epidurals are often hailed as the golden standard of childbirth pain relief, and generally go off without a hitch, but there are...
  7. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Benefits of natural childbirth

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    Birth is part of the natural cycle of life. Empower your birth by laboring naturally and discover the many benefits of natural...
  8. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Mom survives placenta percreta and 35-gallon blood transfer

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    San Antonio mom Gina Walker, 31, miraculously survived the birth of her fifth child after a rare complication nearly took her life...
  9. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    5 Surprising things you can do with your placenta

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    From stuffed animals and soothing face creams to smoothies and art for your wall, learn more about the strange and surprising things...
  10. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    Dangerous birth: Is childbirth becoming over-medicalized?

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    C-section rates are at an all-time high in the U.S. at 1 in 3 births, endangering the lives of thousands of women and babies. Has...
  11. Parenting Humor

    The dirty truth: 6 gross facts about birth no one tells you

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    Maybe you didn’t think childbirth was going to be a unicorn fantasy, but you also probably didn’t know that you might poop on the...
  12. Having a Baby

    Sleep deprivation can lead to preterm labor

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    You know that the aches and discomforts of pregnancy make it hard for you to catch some Zs, but did you know that lack of adequate...
  13. New Moms

    How to write a birth story

    You don’t have to be a writer to write the story of the day your child entered the world. Follow these prompts to remember your...
  14. Pregnancy and Baby

    Having a Christmas baby

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    If your baby is due in December, you may get a lot of commiseration and pity (for both you and your baby) from those you share your...
  15. 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...
  16. Pregnancy, Labor & Birth

    How birth affects breastfeeding

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    It takes 60 muscles for an infant to master the suck-swallow-breathe reflex, so it's no wonder that a baby's birth affects their...
  17. 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...
  18. 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...
  19. 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...
  20. 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...