Sex and the Five Trimesters of Pregnancy

There are five distinct three-month periods trimesters associated with pregnancy and each one affects your sex life in distinctly different ways

Top Childbirth Fears: Questions and Answers

There are so many worries and concerns when it comes being pregnant, with perhaps the largest surrounding what might potentially happen during labor and delivery. Knowledge is power so we compiled top worries about labor and delivery along with information on how to conquer them!

Tokophobia: Fear of Pregnancy and Childbirth

But for many women pregnancy may also become a worrisome and fearful event. Tokophobia is the fear of pregnancy or childbirth and requires treatment.

Deaths from Pregnancy and Childbirth Cut in Half

The United Nations recently reported a significant change in the number of women dying during pregnancy and childbirth ' a nearly50-percent reduction in the last 20 years.

The Funniest Moments I've Seen In Labor & Delivery

Labor & Delivery offers no shortage of moments that run the full spectrum of emotions.

Laugh Your Way Through Labor, It’s a Real Gas!

Christina Szalinski found a way to confront the inevitable labor painswith a smile on her face, even when the contractions were at theirstrongest. Her secret? It's a gas.

Thalasso Method: Childbirth So Gentle Babies Seem to Sleep Right Through It

A maternity nurse in Paris, France, has published a video online that is capturing the hearts of just about everyone who sees it. The video shows twins just moments after birth being gently and lovingly treated to soothing music and a warm bath.

How Mothers, Families and Society Benefit from Extended Maternity Leave

A recent Norwegian report examining the national economic impact of extended paid maternity leave has mothers crying foul all over the world. The study says there is no apparent economic incentive to extend maternity leave.

The Doula: Latest Trend in NYC Delivery Rooms

Massage. Acupuncture. Nutrition counseling. Encouragement.Education. Exotic services. Sound like a new-age health spa? No. It's delivery room. All these things come by way of a doula.

56 Interventions to Reduce Pregnancy-Related Death

Each year about 350,000 women die as a result of pregnancy or childbirth complications. This number is in addition to the more than 7 million children who die before reaching the age of 5. 

8 “Most Interesting Things” We Learned About Making Babies in 2013

On the agenda was the science of preconception, conception, pregnancy,and childbirth. From that agenda, these 8 'most interesting things' were identified about making babies in 2013.

Setting Makes Home Deliveries More Risky, Not Midwives

Dr. Grunebaum advises patients invite a midwife into the hospital delivery room so a woman can have both the comfort of a familiar birthing companion and the necessary medical staff and equipment.

Efficacy of One-on-one Childbirth Care

In recent years, one-on-one childbirth care has moved from being the normal to being a rare occurrence. Laboring women are often left for lengths of time with no female support system.

Laborists and Patient Satisfaction in Large, Urban Hospitals

Many hospitals are moving toward a laborist setting, according to recent research from authors at the University of Pennsylvania. A new study published in the journal Patient Preference and Adherence, examines this trend.

Preeclampsia: A Battle Not a Condition

Researchers and doctors are constantly on the lookout for a definitive cause of preeclampsia. The condition is life-threatening and the only known cure is childbirth.

Air Quality Impacts Unborn Fetus

The quality of the air pregnant women breathe has an impact on the developing fetus, according to a new study. The study was published in the Environmental Health.

Study Finds Rural India Maternal Health Program is Ineffective

A high profile maternal health program in India fails to deliver on its promises to reduce infant and maternal deaths in rural areas, according to new study. The program had intended to reduce mortality by encouraging women to deliver in private hospitals.

The Pregnancy Discrimination Act of 1978: Who and What is Covered?

Many pregnant women are curious about the specific laws that protect in them workplace. An amendment to the Civil Rights Act called the Pregnancy Discrimination Act was approved on October 31, 1978.

Homebirth Midwives and the Art of Letting Go

Homebirth midwives “value the art of letting go.” Letting go of what, exactly? The lives of babies born at homebirths.

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.

Childbirth: Hypnobirthing

The majority of women hold some sort of fear about the birthing process. That fear can lead to stress and stress leads to tension. Hypnobirthing may help relieve some of the stress and tension.

I Don't Care About What Others Say I Must Do

I don’t care if you had a natural birth. I don’t care if you had an epidural. I don’t care if you got induced in week 40 or if you went 10 days past your estimated due date.

What Does Natural Birth Mean to You? Part 2

As a culture we believe that pain is unacceptable. But when we numb out sensation in labor, we diminish our endorphin levels. The pain is dulled, but so is the exuberance we are meant to experience afterwards.

Gate Control and How it Can Affect Your Birth

What’s the first thing you 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. What does this mean for labor?

Ten Tips for Birth Partners

A laboring mom’s job is to take one contraction at a time. But the partner can help by thinking ahead.

"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.

What Does Natural Birth Mean to You? Part 1

What do you think? After teaching natural childbirth classes for twenty-three years, I’ve learned that natural birth means different things to different people.

Pregnant? 4 Questions to Ask Yourself Now About Your Labor

While no one can predict how your labor will go, thinking about your ideal will help you make decisions now and in labor. It’s important to choose a provider with a similar philosophy to yours.

The Magic of the Peanut Ball

Frequent position changes can still be done in moms who have the epidural, including various positions using a peanut ball.

Cord Clamping: What's Your Hurry?

Did you know that when your baby is born, 30% of his or her cord blood will still be in the placenta? Waiting to clamp and cut the cord will allow your baby to receive this vital blood.

Understanding Uterine Rupture

When examining the topic of vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC), uterine rupture is commonly cited as the major risk, but understanding exactly how it happens and who is most at risk for it to occur is a common source of confusion.

Doulas: They Aren't Just for Labor

In traditional cultures around the world, new mothers observe a lying in period for weeks after they give birth. During this time they rest and recover from birth, nurse their babies, and eat nutritious foods.

A Reflection on Working in Labor & Delivery

Working in Labor & Delivery can be extremely stressful and oftentimes overwhelming, but there’s a reason why we keep coming back. Watching women turn into mothers and men into fathers will never get old.

Reflections of a Teenage Doula

I became a doula because I wanted to combine helping young mothers with getting experience in the field of obstetrics. I began attending births as a doula when I was 16, and given that I was so young, I focused on working with teen moms.

Home-Birth Apgar Scores Too Good to Be True?

A newborn baby's Apgar score provides a quick summary of the health ofthe child a minute after it's born and again at five minutes. Possiblescores range from a low of zero to a high of 10.

Placenta Accreta: Novel Approach Saves Lives, Spares Fertility

Dr. Patrick Nicholson used a novel, two-step approach to treat placenta accreta, whereby mothers’ lives are saved, their fertility spared, and no babies suffered ill effects of treatment.

Who Will Be Involved In My Care on Labor & Delivery?

This blog post will attempt to explain the various caregivers that may be participating in your labor and delivery and explain what their role will be in making your baby’s birthday as safe and memorable as possible.

What To Expect During a Scheduled C-Section

Though every pregnancy book lays out the process of labor and vaginal delivery in great detail, most only dedicate a few pages on what happens during a c-section.


As a doula and future perinatologist, I have seen childbirth from a variety of perspectives. Though my passion for obstetrics has never wavered, my view on it is ever-evolving.

The Gentle Cesarean Birth

For those that need or want a cesarean section, the option to have a gentle cesarean birth – or certain aspects of it – is quite appealing to many moms-to-be.

Kate Middleton Describes Pregnancy, Natural Childbirth as “Perfect”

Fairy tales are meant to have happy endings and that's exactly how the July 22, 2013 birth of Prince George of Cambridge can be described.

Nurses Need to Learn about Childbirth and Continence Issues

According to a piece published in the journal Nursing Standard from Mary Steen at the University of Chester, nurses play several crucial parts in patient care after childbirth, including bowel and bladder care.

Your Mindset Matters for Childbirth

Not only should your physical needs be met during childbirth, but it is also important for health care providers to understand and respond to your beliefs and attitudes through the process.

Insist on Holding your Baby Immediately after Birth

If it weren’t for the hospital setting, mothers that have just given birth would be able to hold and coddle their baby for as long as they wanted after labor.

Pregnancy And Childbirth

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Beyond Kegel: Regaining Control After Childbirth

Pregnancy may last nine months but its lingering effects on the body can last years. Many women experience loss of bladder control during pregnancy as the weight of the baby presses down on the bladder and other tissue of the pelvic floor.

First-time Fathers and the Delivery Room

Euphoria, agony, and everything in between. Back and forth, for hours. Those are the emotional memories of ten fathers participating in a Swedish study of first-time fathers in the delivery room.

Childbirth: Acupressure for Pain Relief During Labor

If you're looking for alternative ways to handle pain management during labor, you may want to consider acupressure. This is similar to acupuncture in the way that it works, but there are no needles.

Childbirth: Reflexology for Labor and Delivery

More women are turning to reflexology as part of their plans for a good experience with labor and delivery. It can be used throughout a pregnancy, and can also be used in the delivery room as labor progresses.