The Third Trimester from the Male Perspective

The home stretch. The last few innings. The calm before the storm 'or perhaps the storm before the hurricane. Yes, we're talking about the third trimester of pregnancy. This is the time you and your partner are making final preparations. ... read more »

Labor and Delivery: Birthing Choices

The traditional birthing choice in the United States involves having a doctor-assisted delivery in a hospital setting. Despite the popularity of the traditional hospital birth, there are other birthing options women may want to consider. ... read more »

Cervical Changes in Labor

The cervix is the gateway to baby. During pregnancy, a plug covering the cervix works like a cork holding the umbilical sac and fetus in place in the uterus. As labor approaches, hormonal changes cause the plug to release starting the beginning stages of labor. ... read more »

What to Pack for Labor & Delivery

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

Tips to Naturally Induce Labor

As you near the end of your pregnancy, you may be ready for the entire process of carrying your baby to be over. Several things can be done to induce labor naturally that might make you have contractions and begin labor, but they'll only work if your body is ready! Follow these labor induction tips. ... 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 or not. ... read more »

Grace Amidst the Gridlock: Baby Born in Atlanta’s Snowy Traffic Jam

Sheffield asked the driver what had become the usual question: 'Youstuck or broke down?' This time, he got a highly unusual response:'Nope. We're having a baby.' ... read more »

Developing Nations Need Training on C-Section Deliveries to Save Money

According to a study completed by a leader at the Harvard MedicalSchool, developing nations don't have the infrastructure and trainingneeded to perform safe C-sections. ... read more »

Allie Sakowicz, Blogger

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. ... read more »

Efficacy of Routine Vaginal Examinations to Improve Labor Outcome

During labor, vaginal examinations are commonly used to predict progression of labor and labor outcome, but researchers from the University of Central Lancashire in the United Kingdom suggest medical literature and outcomes do not support the practice. ... read more »

Time of Delivery Does Not Affect Safety of Births Involving Birth Defects

According to a new study completed by researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center, births occurring at night and over the weekend are just as safe for infants born with birth defects as weekday deliveries. ... read more »

Hilaria Baldwin Says Exercise Every Day for Easy Pregnancy, Delivery

Hilaria Baldwin may be best known as actor Alec Baldwin's wife but shemade quite a name for herself even before Mr. Baldwin came into herlife. She's an accomplished yoga teacher and expert on fitness with anavid following at New York City's Yoga Vida. ... read more »

Obamacare Short on Birthing Center Coverage

The law is new and not fully implemented yet; questions and discrepancies remain. One issue of concern to a growing number of American women is the lack of uniformity for birthing center coverage. ... read more »

Labor Induction May Not Increase C-Section Risk

Research on the risk of C-section delivery when labor is induced is conflicting. A new study published in BJOG offers a systemic review of previous studies in an attempt to find a consensus on the topic. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Stay Close to the Bathroom as Labor Approaches

When your baby is ready to make his big debut, your body will start doing some strange things to prepare. ... read more »

Leptin Levels in Pregnancy and Treatment of Obese Women

Researchers from Queens Hospital and Whipps Cross University Hospital in the United Kingdom recently published a question in the journal Medical Hypotheses. The question posed related to leptin levels, obesity and pregnancy management. ... read more »

Uterine Closure Techniques After C-Section Delivery

Researchers at the University of Obstetrics and Gynecology at Universite Laval in Quebec recently polled more than 450 obstetricians on the type of uterine closure they favor after C-section delivery. ... read more »

Computer Programmers Plan First 3D Virtual Birth Simulator

Computer programmers from the University of East Anglia announced they are working to create the world's first 3D virtual birth simulator. ... read more »

Comparison of Anesthetic Effects During Cesarean Section

There are various options for pain control during cesarean section delivery. Regional pain blocks, like the spinal, are increasing in popularity, but there are multiple drugs to choose from. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Fear Leads to Longer Labor...Or Does it Just Seem That Way?

Try as they might, no one can ever fully prepare a woman for the experience of labor and childbirth. ... read more »

Food Restrictions May Not be Necessary During Childbirth

When labor begins, food restrictions are typically enforced to protect the mother from possible pregnancy complications and/or side effects if a C-section delivery is needed. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Childbirth: Prenatal Yoga for Stress Relief and Pain Management

Among the great ways to become better prepared for childbirth is prenatal yoga. It can also help you stay fit and keep you relaxed during your pregnancy. Lowering your stress level is good for you and your baby. ... read more »

Auto Mechanic’s Dream Vision Eases Delivery Difficulties

What do you get when you cross an auto mechanic, a YouTube video, and a vision in a dream? In the case of Argentinian mechanic Jorge Odón, you get the Odón Device. ... read more »

Paternal Age, Expectation During Pregnancy and Experiences in Childbirth

Researchers in Sweden recently published a study in the journal Midwifery showing older men are less likely to have a positive experience during pregnancy and childbirth than younger men. ... read more »

C-Section Rates and Maternal BMI

Researchers from the University of Tennessee Medical Center published a study in the journal of the Tennessee Medical Association describing the impact of obesity on C-section rates. ... read more »

Study: Happiest Mothers Have Vaginal Birth, No Epidural, Company, and Early Breastfeeding

A recent study conducted by scientists in Spain has identified four factors associated with childbirth that seem to make new mothers happiest. ... read more »

Oral Misoprostol vs. Foley Catheter: Induction of Labor

A study published in BMC Pregnancy and Childbirth examines efficacy and pregnancy complication rates between Foley catheter and oral misoprostol labor induction. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Nausea and Vomiting During Labor and Delivery

My best friend had one request of the universe when she went into labor, “Please don’t let me throw up on one of the nurses.” Of course, she did anyway. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Baby-Friendly Hospital Accreditation and Breastfeeding Rates

A recent review of breastfeeding rates at one and four months postpartum in mothers who gave birth at BFHI (Baby-Friendly Hospital Initiative) hospitals reveals the initiative has little impact on overall breastfeeding rates. ... read more »

Baby’s Brain Injury May Have Occurred Long Before Delivery

Recent advances in medical science indicate many brain injuries occur during pregnancy, long before labor begins. In these cases, medical personnel are not at fault. ... read more »

Pregnancy Study: Acupressure for Pain Relief in Labor

Researchers from Taiwan have published a study in the February, 2013 issue of Pain Management Nursing. The study examined the effect of acupressure on various types of pain. ... read more »

Impact of Chorioamnionitis on Neurodevelopmental Outcomes

Bacterial infections, typically associated with long labor and bacteria that moves from the vagina to the uterus, can cause chorioamnionitis or an inflammation of the fetal membranes. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Maternal Mortality and Institutional Deliveries: a Nigerian Study

Third-world countries have a higher rate of maternal infant mortality than the rest of the world, but researchers in Nigeria... ... read more »

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. ... read more »

Inflatable Belt May Shorten Labor

An inflatable belt may reduce time spent in the second stage of labor, according to research. The belt, which applies fundal pressure to the uterus, shortened the second stage of labor and caused no adverse side effects. ... read more »

Study: Epidurals Slow Second Stage of Labor, Delay Delivery

The findings of a recent study on the use of epidurals during labor suggest the need to review current guidelines defining normal progression and potentially dangerous prolonged (abnormal) labor. ... read more »

Relieving the Itch After C-Section Requires Promptness

One nagging problem that some women face after their cesarean section is incessant itching all over their skin. ... read more »

Labor Contractions Timer Tool

The babyMed Labor Contractions Timer Tool allows you to follow your contractions as labor begins and as it progresses toward delivery.  When timing labor contractions, start counting from the beginning of one contraction to the beginning of the next. Follow your contractions and calculate everything about them: How long they last, how far apart they are and how frequent they become. ... read more »

Maternal Positions and Mobility During First Stage of Labor

In many traditional hospital settings women spend the first stage of labor resting in bed. Researchers from The Townsville Hospital and Health Center in Queensland, Australia decided to look more closely at the impact of changing position during the first stage of labor, including moving out of the bed all together. ... read more »

Labor And Delivery: Calculators, Timers, And Tools

The Big Day The nine long months of pregnancy all come down to one momentous event: the day you go into labor! You will soon meet that little bundle you have been growing and protecting all this time, and while it is so incredibly exciting, the thought of labor can also be a little intimidating. ... read more »

The Checklist and Other List Page

The preconception, fertility, pregnancy, hospital, and postpartum checklist page will help you in your tasks. ... 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 »

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