Labor, Delivery, and Birth Guide

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

Premature Delivery Risk Calculator Quiz

This interactive quiz and premature delivery calculator helps you calculate the tisk of premature birth based on cervical length and fFN fetal fibronectin ... read more »

Premature Labor - Preterm Labor

Premature labor or preterm labor is when there are contractions and cervical changes before 37 weeks gestation. ... read more »

Factors Influencing Vaginal Births After Cesarean Sections

Based on reviews posted in the August copy of Journal of Advanced Nursing, there are several factors, clinical and non-clinical, that influence vaginal births after cesarean sections (VBAC).   ... read more »

Should Labor Be Induced If Your Water Breaks Early?

According to a study published in PLOS Medicine, when a pregnant woman's water breaks early it is best to wait and watch instead of forcing the labor along, especially in cases where the event occurs prematurely. ... read more »

Cerebral Palsy Risk in Early or Late Delivery

Preterm birth is a known risk factor for cerebral palsy, but researchers have now added weeks 37 and 42+ to that list. According to a study published by the Journal of American Medical Association, the lowest risk occurs when children are born at 40 weeks. ... read more »

Hospital Discharge Following Pregnancy Should Be Individualized

Many women are discharged from the hospital after birth based on insurance or hospital protocol. As long as mom and baby are healthy and ready physically to return home, the discharge is ordered. ... read more »

Dr. Amos' Pregnancy Book

Read Dr. Amos' eBook about pregnancy, fertility, trying to get pregnant, and the postpartum period. Everything you need to know! ... read more »

Dr. Amos Visits Delivery Room in a Traditional Zimbabwe Village

Dr.Grunebaum visits a Delivery Room in a Traditional Zimbabwe Village ... read more »

Timing Pregnancy To A Certain Month

Timing your pregnancy in order to have a baby in a specific month is possible but it takes a lot of preparation. ... read more »

Progesterone No Help in Preventing Preterm Twin Births

This Lancet study shows that progesterone does not prevent preterm births in twins. ... read more »

USA Lags Behind in Preterm Births

Born too soon: the global action report on preterm birth by the World Health Organization (WHO) provides the first-ever national, regional and global estimates of preterm birth.  ... read more »

French Study: Guidelines for Twin Pregnancies

It is recommended to plan the delivery of uncomplicated dichorionic diamniotic twin pregnancies from 38 weeks and before 40 weeks. ... read more »

How to Deal with Postpartum Breast Engorgement

It is normal for your breasts to become larger and feel heavy, warmer and uncomfortable when your milk increases in quantity ('comes in') 2-6 days after birth. This rarely lasts more than 24 hours. ... 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 »

When To Expect Your Menstrual Period After Giving Birth

A regular Menstrual Period or Bleeding after Birth and Delivery Of The Baby usually come when you start ovulating again. This can last between 3-9 months on average. Breastfeeding may or may not prolong that time. ... read more »

Pregnancy Complications with Multiple Births

Pregnancy complications in twins are many-fold higher than with a singleton baby and include a higher rate of premature deliveries and fetal anomalies. ... read more »

How to Prepare for a Cesarean Section

Statistics show that about 1 in 3 women will have a cesarean section or cesarean delivery. Our 12 step program helps you prepare for the cesarean 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 »

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 »

What to Pack for Labor & Delivery

What to bring and pack when you get admitted to the hospital in labor. ... read more »

Weight Gain Guidelines Adjusted for Obese Patients

Women who enter pregnancy with a BMI in the obese range may have less weight to gain to stay within normal limits, according to a study presented at The Pregnancy Meeting in San Francisco. ... read more »

Obesity in Early Pregnancy and Premature Deliveries

Obesity is associated with many pregnancy complications and obese women are at increased risk of premature deliveries. ... read more »

Childbirth Simulator Takes Risk out of High-Risk Delivery

Researchers using an MRI scan and a computer program have developed a way to predict if childbirth will be difficult or simple. According to researchers, the assessment could prove especially useful in cases where mothers are at high-risk for complications during childbirth. ... read more »

Dental Problems May be Linked to Premature Birth

The treatment of gum disease may be a contributing factor in keeping premature birth at bay. A study published by BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology reports a significant link between periodontitis and preterm birth. ... read more »

What Is an Episiotomy?

For decades, episiotomies have been routinely performed to help speed delivery during the pushing phase of labor and to prevent tears to the vagina. ... read more »

Anesthesia During Labor and Delivery

There are 4 types of anesthesia currently used in the laboring process. These include drugs, local anesthesia, spinal anesthesia, and epidural anesthesia. ... 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 »

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 ... read more »

How To Find A Good Hospital and Maternity Unit

Finding a good hospital unit for maternity is among the top priorities for pregnant women to ensure the optimal care when you are having a baby. ... read more »

Placenta Testing Reveals Possible Preeclampsia Marker

Researchers testing placentas after infant births may have found a gene marker. The gene is associated with the immune system and may be the cause of some cases of preeclampsia. ... 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 »

Is Water Birth a Good Idea?

According to Wikipedia, a water birth refers to childbirth, usually human, that occurs in water. ... read more »

Hair Loss Postpartum

The drop in hormones your body experiences as it returns to normal after delivery will likely cause you to lose some of your hair. ... 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 »

Top Reasons to Choose a Hospital Birth

So many reasons to deliver the baby in the hospital. ... read more »

Labor Contractions: How Do I Know It's Labor?

It's a fact. Most women got through labor in preparation for delivering the baby. But why is it happening and how do you know you are in labor? ... read more »

Why the Cone Heads Were Not All that Outrageous

There’s a chance your baby might come out looking like a cone head. It’s every expectant parent’s worst fear – after nine months of imagining this perfect, glimmering baby that is growing inside the womb, the baby comes out with a few noticeable imperfections. ... read more »

Does Delivery Method Affect Urinary Incontinence Postpartum?

Urinary incontinence after pregnancy is not at all uncommon. Urinary incontinence is defined as any leakage of urine or loss of bladder control. It can range from the occasional leakage of urine when you cough or sneeze to being unable to reach a toilet in time for elimination. ... read more »

Cesarean Section Maternal Risks

Complications of a cesarean section include bleeding, infections, injury to organs, and future placenta accreta and placenta previa. ... read more »

Magnesium Sulfate May Reduce Cerebral Palsy

Magnesium sulfate is an intravenous medication often given to women in order to prevent premature births. A recent study shows that it also may possibly reduce the chances of babies later being diagnosed with moderate to severe cerebral palsy. ... read more »

Herpes Before Pregnancy

Mothers with recurrent genital herpes, herpes that they had before pregnancy, are less likely to transmit herpes to their babies during delivery. ... read more »

Rh Sensitization

What is the incidence of Rh sensitization? ... read more »