Is a Planned Home Birth Safe?

A home birth is a delivery that takes place at home or in a residence rather than in a hospital or a birth center. While some may think it's a nice idea, how safe is it really? ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Having a Baby in California? Cost Varies Widely

It may be easy to explain the birds and bees to a kid wondering wherebabies come from but deciphering a hospital bill for a baby's deliverycharges is a different kind of lesson entirely. ... read more »

C-Section May Lead to Increased Risk for Asthma

Asthma is a breathing disorder that affects approximately 300 million people globally. It is estimated that the condition causes more than 250,000 deaths annually. ... read more »

Vaginal Delivery Increases Risk of Pelvic Organ Prolapse

According to a research study from Yale School of Medicine, during the first year after vaginal delivery women are more prone to pelvic organ prolapse than women who deliver via C-section. ... read more »

Cesarean on Maternal Request and Childhood Obesity Rates

A birth cohort study of more than 180,000 children in China shows a modest connection between non-medical C-sections and childhood obesity. The study was published in the journal Pediatric Obesity. ... read more »

How To Increase Your Chances of Birthing Vaginally - Part 2

Here are more suggestions on how to increase your chances of a vaginal birth. ... read more »

How To Increase Your Chances of Birthing Vaginally - Part 1

There are many things you can do prenatally and in labor to help to lower your risk of cesarean section. ... 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 »

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 »

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 »

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean (VBAC) Calculator

This vaginal birth after cesarean (VBAC) success and risk calculator helps identify the mathematical chance of having a vaginal birth after cesarean. The VBAC calculator is based on the equation published in the article cited below.  ... read more »

Is a Vaginal Birth Really Important to Mother/Child Bond?

There are some women who never get the chance to have a vaginal birth – and I’m one of those people. Various health concerns forced my three pregnancies to end in C-sections. ... read more »

Different Ways of Giving Birth

Have you ever given any thought to how you want to give birth? There are at least five different methods of giving birth and all of them are used quite often. ... 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 »