Although I am not pregnant, and not even trying to get pregnant, I have been looking in to where I want my next birth to occur. My first was born in a hospital with a certified nurse-midwife, and lately I've been really interested in having the next one at home.
Somehow, whilst browsing the internet for information, I keep ending up coming across the "Dr. Amy's Homebirth Debate" blog. I know from my research that statistics can be manipulated, and I think both sides of the natural vs. medical birth war may be guilty of doing it.
I'm interested in using a birthing center. How can I find one? What qualification should I look for? What questions should I ask?
Partially under the pressure of lawsuits, the cesarean section rate increased from 5% in 1970 to 25% in 1988. Doctors are rarely sued for a poor outcome if they have performed a cesarean section but they are almost always sued when they have not. But is a repeat cesarean safest for the mother and baby? Find out.
When you are deciding where to have your baby, you'll probably be choosing from different places such as a birthing center, a hospital, or a home birth service. Here's what you should expect, and ask for, in your birth experience.
During pregnancy, options of 4-D ultrasound, high resolution ultrasound, pre-implantation genetic sampling and placental cord blood stem cell storage are several among many choices that will have to be considered.
I have to admit that by my eighth month of pregnancy, I couldn't tell what I dreaded more – remaining hugely pregnant until my due date in mid-July or launching early into labor – an un-medicated, all natural home birth – an experience that I'd signed eagerly up for just eight months before.
I strongly encourage pregnant women to embrace this truly magical time, a time when their own soul allows the entrance of another into this world. The following is a list of the five things I advise every expectant couple to know.
Despite today's modern techniques, induction of labor still holds considerable risk compared to natural onset of birth. And most inductions are done for reasons simply not supported by sound medical research. So what is the driving force behind this culture of birth-on-demand?
I am sure you have heard the horror stories that a lot of women take delight in telling about the pain of labor. While yes it can hurt, it's for the most wondrous cause. Learn more about medicalized pain relief options.