Labor, Delivery, and Birth Guide

Your guide to labor and delivery, anesthesia, delivery options, and more. ... read more »

Births Statistics: Where Does Your Country Rank?

Find out where your country ranks in birth rate. This chart outlines the birth rates of countries in order. ... read more »

Doulas and Midwives

Doulas and midwives are two choices a pregnant woman may choose to include as part of her birthing plan. ... read more »

When Is It Too Late For Pain Medication?

For a pregnant woman who has decided on using pain medication for labor and delivery hearing the words, “It is too late to relieve pain” can be frightening. Why, and more importantly when, is it too late for pain medication during labor and delivery? ... read more »

How Do You Know You Are In Labor - Early Labor Symptoms and Signs

As the pregnancy comes to an end, there are early labor symptoms and signs that mom will need to look for in order to recognize the beginning of labor. ... read more »

Your Dad in the Delivery Room - What to Consider

However, some dads are excited by the idea of experiencing the birthing experience with their daughters. Before saying yes or no, think about all aspects of the birthing process and how you truly feel about dad being there. ... read more »

What Happens When Dad Doesn't Want to Attend the Delivery?

Not all men are created equal and not all men should be there when the baby is born. There are some very real reasons why a man would want to skip his baby's delivery but there are also some fake fears, if you will, born in the imagination thanks to Hollywood. ... read more »

Why Can't I Use the Bathroom?

While dehydration is not typically a problem thanks to IV fluids, fear of urinating may cause a woman who has just given birh to refrain from heading off to the bathroom too quickly. ... read more »

Your Fitness During and After Pregnancy

You will have a lot on your plate with the newborn, your recovery, and trying to get back to that pre-pregnancy body, so what sort of post-partum fitness routine should you look to? ... read more »

Operative Procedures: Forceps, Vacuum, Episiotomy

While the female body is perfectly created to give birth to children, there will be times when Mother Nature needs a bit of help. The use of operative procedures during a vaginal delivery is just like giving a little boost to mom's birthing process. ... read more »

How Can Gate Control Apply to Your Labor Pain?

What’s one of the first things you generally do if you smack your funny bone? Without even thinking about it, you rub your elbow. You’re using gate control to alleviate your pain - even if you don’t have any idea what that is - and gate control is an essential tool to have in your labor kit. ... read more »

Sexually Transmitted Diseases During Pregnancy

An infection during pregnancy is different from when you are not pregnant - it can affect the pregnant woman as well as the developing fetus inside the uterus. ... read more »

What is a Cesarean Section?

A cesarean section is an operative delivery done by cutting through the mother's abdomen and uterus and delivering the baby through the incision. ... read more »

Water Birth

Water birth is the process of giving birth in water. Some women choose to labor in the water and get out for delivery. ... read more »

How to Prepare For a Vaginal Delivery

About 2 in 3 women will deliver the baby vaginally. Our 12 step program will help you prepare for the vaginal delivery. ... read more »

Interactive Apgar Score Calculator

The Apgar score is done on every baby at 1 and 5 minutes of life to assess whether the baby needs resuscitation. This interactive Apgar Score Calculator will help you determine your baby's Apgar score. ... read more »

Do Hospitals Allow Alternative Birthing Choices?

Yes, some hospitals offer alternative birthing choices like water, chair, and squatting births. Other hospitals require women to lay down in a bed and push in a more traditional method. ... read more »

Vaginal Delivery and Birth

A vaginal birth remains the number one method for baby delivery, though in many countries cesarean section rates are approaching or even exceeding 50% of deliveries. ... read more »

How to Keep up Romance With a Newborn Baby

To keep the romance in your relationship after a newborn baby arrives, one must change the notion of romance. ... read more »

Exercise in Pregnancy Leads to More Normal Baby's Birthweight

Mothers who choose to exercise during their pregnancies give birth to normal birth weight babies more often, according to a new study. The choice to exercise is also healthy for mom. ... read more »

Separating Mother from Baby After Birth Causes Stress

Immediately after birth most infants are rushed off to the nursery or placed in a bassinet beside mom. According to researchers, separating infants from their mothers causes stress. ... read more »

Can You Take A Bath After You Give Birth?

Few people talk about the healing time your body will need after birth because the focus tends to go all to your adorable new baby, but you need to make sure you take the time to let it heal. Birth will take its toll, and you’ll probably be sore from head to toe afterwards. ... read more »

Fatty Molecule Linked to Brain Damage Via Lack of Oxygen

When babies are deprived of oxygen in utero, brain damage can result. Researchers have found a connection between brain damage and a fatty acid molecule, which could spark new treatment protocols to reduce the risk of brain damage. ... read more »

Preventing Premature Labor and Birth

Premature birth is a delivery before 37 completed weeks of the pregnancy. It is the #1 reason for neonatal morbidity and mortality. ... read more »

Epidural And Spinal Anesthesia and Pregnancy

An epidural anesthesia is the most popular choice among women in labor and delivery. It is delivered through a needle and catheter which usually stays in place until the baby is born. ... read more »

Giving Birth

It's an amazing experience to bring a baby into the world, so it's normal for pregnant women to look forward to giving birth.  ... read more »

Different Types of Pregnancies

While pregnancy may seem like a simple term, there are different types of pregnancies. Most are a result of physical differences but some are related to multiple egg release, among other reasons. ... read more »

Hepatitis A and Pregnancy

Hepatitis A (HAV) is a viral infection of the liver caused by the hepatitis A virus (HAV). Other viral liver infections are caused by Hepatits B (HBV) and C (HCV) viruses. ... read more »

Spinal Anesthesia

Spinals are pain medications delivered via the spinal column in one dose. The medication is fast acting and can achieve a complete block of pain in as little as 15 minutes. ... read more »

What Is An 'En Caul' Birth?

For a baby to be "born with the caul" means a child or a baby is born with a portion of the amniotic sac or membrane (the caul) remaining on the head. ... read more »

When Should I Head To The Hospital?

The first stage, when mom starts feeling real labor pains, can last between 10 and 14 hours. Once through this first stage, it is time for mom to head off to the hospital. ... read more »

Are Cell Phones Causing Behavioral Problems in Kids?

A study of about 30,000 children is suggesting cell phone use could be the cause of behavioral problems in certain children. ... read more »

A Mother’s Depression May Affect Baby

Researchers have found a connection between depression in pregnant women and physical effects on infants. The effects noted include reduced muscle tone, increased stress hormones and neurological / behavioral problems. ... read more »

Premature Preterm Labor And Birth And Effects On Baby

Preterm or premature birth or delivery is a birth of a baby that is before 37 weeks of the pregnancy or more than three weeks before a baby's due date. ... read more »

A Labor and Delivery Nurse's Birth Plan or Birthing Plan

Birth plans are common these days. Here is a birthplan written by a labor and delivery nurse. ... read more »

Children in the Delivery Room

Having other children in the delivery room is an option some parents choose, however, parents need to be prepared for every possible scenario. ... read more »

How to Encourage Your Partner to Participate in Your Birth

Many women want their partner actively involved in their birth. For some women that means they want him to be their main source of physical and emotional comfort. For others, simply having him there to hold a hand and stroke their hair is enough. Whatever role a woman wants her partner to play, there are a few ways to encourage him to participate. ... read more »

"I wish I'd Known": 7 Tips for New Moms

Now having been through it, there are 7 things I wish I’d known before I went into my first birth. ... read more »

Doulas and their Role in Pregnancy

A doula is a nonmedical person to help mom through the birthing process with her emotional and physical needs. Comforting, caring and understanding, the doula essentially mothers the mom-to-be. ... read more »

Vacuum Assisted Birth and Forceps

When energy levels are low or the baby's head is a bit too large to push through the vaginal opening, vacuum assisted birth or forceps may be used to help in the birthing process. ... read more »

Third Stage of Labor

The placenta is a blood rich organ which needs to pass out of the uterus and vagina after delivery. ... read more »

General Anesthesia

General anesthesia is rarely used during labor and delivery. General anesthesia is reserved for C-section deliveries that have complications. ... read more »

Episiotomy

When the vaginal opening does not appear large enough to pass a baby's head, doctors may choose to perform an episiotomy, an incision that widens the vaginal opening. ... read more »

Natural Childbirth

During labor and delivery, nearly every woman will be given a choice of pain medications. If she chooses to skip these medications, she is choosing to have a natural childbirth. ... read more »

Vaginal Tearing

Natural tears are common during childbirth and tend to heal just as quickly as surgical cuts or episiotomies. There are four degrees of vaginal tearing during pregnancy: ... read more »

Pushing Tips

Pregnant women ask questions about pushing but until active labor begins, they will not know how strong the pressure and need to push is. Learning tips for effective pushing can lessen time in labor.  ... read more »

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean Section - VBAC

There is something intangibly important about giving birth to a baby vaginally and after having a c-section, the woman may choose to try a vaginal birth for her next child. ... read more »

During Birth, Your Baby Could Get Nerve Damage

It is important that you’re mentally prepared for possible complications in the delivery room in case anything goes wrong. One such complication is called brachial plexus birth palsy, or Erb’s palsy. ... read more »

Assisted Breathing

Whether the woman has chosen a natural childbirth or a labor with pain medication, breathing is essential to the health of the baby during this stressful time. ... read more »

Should Your Mom Be in the Delivery Room?

Before labor begins, you may have to deal with the idea that someone other than you and your partner want to attend the birth. Should your mom be in the delivery room or should this event be kept between you and your partner? Here are a few things to consider. ... read more »

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