Efficacy of One-on-one Childbirth Care

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

Third Trimester of Pregnancy: Doctor's Appointments and Tests

If you’re in your third trimester (weeks 28 through 40 weeks) you’re in the home stretch. Doctor visits with are coming up more frequently, and depending on how your pregnancy is progressing so far, you will either have them monthly or weekly. ... read more »

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

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

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 »

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 »

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 »

Childbirth: Aromatherapy for Pain Management

One of the alternative techniques you can use for the management of pain during labor is aromatherapy. Aromatherapy can be a great way to reduce the amount of stress you're experiencing. ... read more »

Pregnancy Hormones Ease Chronic Pain

During pregnancy, childbirth, and thereafter, many women don't experience pain to the degree expected. Many who use opiates for pain management find they don't need as much of it during this time. ... read more »

Developing Nations in Need of C-Section Training

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

Do Routine Vaginal Examinations 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 »

Baby Born in a Snowy Atlanta Traffic Jam

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

Does Time of Delivery Affect Infants With 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 »

Rescue of Infant Emphasizes Value of Infant CPR

Sebastian de la Cruz is one lucky little guy. His parents adore him, his aunt recently sprung into heroic action to save his life, and the five-month-old boy will soon be somebody's big brother. ... read more »

Maternal Mortality and Institutional Deliveries

Third-world countries have a higher rate of maternal and infant mortality than the rest of the world, but researchers in Nigeria wanted to find out just how high maternal mortality rates were when births took place in a controlled setting like a medical institution. ... read more »

Thalasso Method: A Gentle Childbirth

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 »

Study Shows 4 Factors Associated with the Happiest Moms

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

Study Finds Rural India Maternal Health Program 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 a new study. The program had intended to reduce mortality by encouraging women to deliver in private hospitals. ... read more »

Study: Older Dads Less Likely to Have Positive Experience with Pregnancy

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 »

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 altogether. ... read more »

2013: Interesting Things We Learned About Making Babies

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 »

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. ... read more »

Birth is Not a Spectator Sport, But You May Need a Coach

My favorite thing I heard during this experience was when a woman asked how many people were permitted in the delivery room at the time of birth. Her attending midwife replied, “birth is not a spectator sport.” ... 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 »

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 »

Why Duchess Meghan May Prefer Pregnancy Care in the U.K.

The world was elated last week when news broke that Duchess Meghan and Prince Harry are expecting their firstborn this spring. While the world is enthralled with Meghan’s pregnancy, the American born Duchess may just prefer the state of labor and delivery in the U.K. over her native U.S. Here's why! ... 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 »

Why You Might Need a Spinal Block

Most women spend a lot of time deciding whether or not they want an epidural as pain medication during labor. It is a difficult decision to make. On the one hand, you want to have a natural childbirth without the interference of chemicals. ... read more »

Interventions on Labor & Delivery

Most of the time labor and delivery goes smoothly, but sometimes interventions are necessary to ensure the safety of mother and baby. ... read more »

Restricting Food and Drink During Labor May Be Unnecessary

I was rather surprised to find that my friend wasn’t allowed to have anything to eat or drink during labor. I thought that there must be some medical reason for this, but it turns out that there may in fact not be any reason at all. ... read more »

Why Baby Might Be Born with a Head Blister

Birth is a strenuous process for everyone involved. You will be screaming and sweating through labor, your husband will be holding his breath as you grip his hand, and the nurse staff will be tirelessly focused on making sure you and your baby come out. ... read more »

The Truth about Episiotomies and Lacerations

Because she is my best friend I had the confidence to ask a squirmy question—didn’t you get an episiotomy? I thought this was just common practice when a woman was delivering. ... read more »

Exercising Safely During Pregnancy

Shouldn’t pregnant women be taking it easy in the days leading up to their baby's birth? Was it really a good idea for this woman to celebrate her baby’s birthday with a delightful 26.2 mile jaunt? ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

What to Pack for Labor & Delivery

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

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 »

The Checklist and Other List Page

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

How Weather Affects Pregnancy

Barometric pressure is the weight of the air and gases in the atmosphere pressing down on us. It’s easy to assume that air particles are weightless, but they’re not, and some days more air is above us than others. ... read more »

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! ... read more »

Is Eating Allowed during Labor?

Many of us don’t go a full eight hours on any day without eating or snacking on something, and through all the pushing and sweating, you might work up an appetite. ... read more »

The Baby’s Here - Call in the Crowds!

When my cousin’s wife announced to the family that she was pregnant, it was as if she had told the entire clan that we were all, collectively, going to be having a baby in six months’ time. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

When Pain Becomes Suffering

Every one of us knows that labor is no walk in the park. Let’s be real: it’s usually downright painful and despite what some people claim, there’s no such thing as orgasmic birth. However, the pain you experience in labor does not always mean you are suffering. Allow me to explain! ... read more »

Fetal Monitoring: 10 Things Pregnant Women Should Know

In labor, continuous monitoring increases the risks of many interventions, including pitocin, epidurals, and cesarean birth, without improving birth outcomes for mother or baby. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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. ... read more »

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