Labor and Delivery

by Amy Braman Every girl imagines her first kiss, her wedding day and what it will feel like to have a baby. In our minds, we visualize these experiences and strive to...
When You Arrive at the Hospital You have a million questions about labor. How long will labor last? How bad is the pain going to be? Can I really do this? There is no...
QUESTION Hi Around 33 weeks I was told I had a slightly increased level of Amniotic fluid - it was at 27 when the cut off is 25 for normal.  The specialist I am seeing...

Estrogen Helps Fight Pain

by Colette Bouchez

A woman's tolerance of pain may have more to do with the power of her reproductive hormones than the strength of her muscles.

That's the theory a group of Michigan researchers presented Feb. 18 at the annual meeting of the American Association for the Advancement of Science in Denver.

"Our studies have shown that although pain is influenced by both genetics and brain chemistry, it is clear that gender and hormones also play a role in our individual response to pain," says Dr. Jon-Kar Zubieta, lead researcher and a University of Michigan neuroscientist.

Show and Tell

I have two kids myself, but the best birth story I know is the one I saw in my own second-grade classroom a few years back. One day this little girl, Erica, a very bright, very out-going kid, takes her turn and waddles up to the front of the class with a pillow stuffed under her sweater. She holds up a snapshot of an infant. "This is Luke, my baby brother, and I'm going to tell you about his birthday."

What Can We Do with the Placenta?

My wife is 8 months pregnant. We've done a lot of reading, taken childbirth and parenting classes, and we thought we were ready for anything. Then just the other day, a friend asked what we were planning to do with the baby's placenta. Frankly, the question had never even occurred to me or my wife. But now that we're thinking about it, it seems strange to just throw it out. Do you have any suggestions?

Lowering the Risk of Toxemia

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QUESTION

Dear Midwife,
Hi. I was hoping you could help me. I am now in the midst of trying for a third child. My last 2 pregnancies were horrible. I had toxemia for both and had to be put on blood pressure pills. Both were emergency c-sections. My last pregnancy was even worse they had to deliver her at 7 months because she was not growing and was showing signs of distress.

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Labor

When You Arrive at the Hospital You have a million questions about labor. How long will labor last? How bad is the pain going to be? Can I really do this? There is no way to know the answers to these...
QUESTION I am currently at 29-30 weeks. I had fervently hoped /...
by Melissa Jaramillo The final days (hours?) are ticking away as the...
The March of Dimes just released their 2012 Premature Birth Report...

Delivery

By Missy Jaramillo Are you expecting a baby, but don't have a partner to help you during this time? Pregnancy can be difficult enough when you have a partner, and it can be even more tough when you'...
By Missy Jaramillo Are you expecting a baby, but don't have a partner...
by Melissa D. Jaramillo We are very pleased to share the...
by Melissa Jaramillo The March of Dimes just released their 2012...

Childbirth Options

by Amy Braman Every girl imagines her first kiss, her wedding day and what it will feel like to have a baby. In our minds, we visualize these experiences and strive to turn our long held fantasies...
Having a baby is an exciting time. There is so much to do and you...
 How would you like to give birth in a big ole' room with 12 other...
by Julie Snyder As soon as you saw a positive on the pregnancy test...

Men's Guide to Birth

 When a woman is in labor, it's not really the time to crack jokes, create and implement hair-brained schemes or use witty sarcasm. If you do, you'll more than likely get an earful and possibly a...
 When a woman is in labor, it's not really the time to crack jokes,...
You are pregnant, anxious and excited about the new addition to your...

The Big Day

 While this article may not be presented to you in a lovely spiral-bound notebook with color-coded tabs, we can help you get the whole "getting ready for baby" experience to be a pleasantly organized...
 While this article may not be presented to you in a lovely spiral-...
Breast surgery often requires some wardrobe alterations. A lot of...
by Pregnancy.org Staff Labor Day, the first Monday in September, is a...

The Next Steps

A mom-to-be has a lot on her mind as she prepares for the birth of her baby. As she considers nursery colors, researches pediatricians, and shops for diapers and onesies, she should also add "finding...
A mom-to-be has a lot on her mind as she prepares for the birth of...
by Barbara L. Behrmann, Ph.D. "It hurt." "My baby was too sleepy to...