Labor and Delivery

by Julie Snyder Ten essential postpartum items Your baby's due any day now. What will you need on hand those first few days post-delivery? Here's our 10 postpartum must-...
by Teresa J. Mitchell You've said your final good-byes at work. You've finished the nursery. You've celebrated the upcoming birth, baby shower or blessing ceremony. Now...
by Julie Snyder Have you read any of these recent headlines about birthing, midwifery and childbirth coverage? "The South Australian Deputy Coroner release...

Fantasy vs. Reality: Plan for the Unexpected Birth

I was planning for a natural birth. Every girl imagines her first kiss, her wedding day and what it will feel like to have a baby. Part was through pregnancy, out of the blue, a friend said, "Oh, I've been meaning to tell you...if things don't go the way you have planned," she paused briefly, yet thoughtfully, "it's okay." For some reason, her words anchored themselves into my mind.

Another delayed cesarean. Another baby dies.

In the NHS in England, as many as 14.9% of planned vaginal deliveries result in an emergency cesarean. Time and time again, we hear that this number is too high, that national cesarean rates should be lowered, and that some of the 9.7% planned cesareans are unnecessary too.

Well, reading this story in The Telegraph today, it becomes all too clear what can happen when a cesarean is delayed (or not carried out):

Today is overwhelming

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Ah, how I missed the roller coaster ride of hormones that comes with pregnancy. Yesterday I couldn't have been more excited, yet today I'm a ball of stress on the verge of tears. Where are we going to get the extra money for another mouth to feed? How am I going to keep working at the veterinary hospital where chemo and x-rays are a part of my daily routine? How will I deal with a 15 month old and a newborn at the same time?

planned pregnancy.

Hi!I'm 19, 20 in October, I just married a month ago on valentines day and I think I'm pregnant. It was planned so its no surprise. The problem is that our families are in texas and he is stationed in camp pendleton, cali. His contract is up in June and our plans are to move to houston and attend college. Idk how I'm gonna be starting college and possibly giving birth! I'm pretty much an only child and not very familiar with babies but I'm so excited to be a mom and what makes me happier is that he is the dad. We dated for 6 years and married on valentines day of this year.

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Labor

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Delivery

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Childbirth Options

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by Teresa J. Mitchell You've said your final good-byes at work. You'...
by Julie Snyder Have you read any of these recent headlines about...
by Patty Hardy Knowing what to expect when it comes time for your...

Men's Guide to Birth

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 When a woman is in labor, it's not really the time to crack jokes,...
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The Big Day

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The Next Steps

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by Barbara L. Behrmann, Ph.D. "It hurt." "My baby was too sleepy to...