Labor and Delivery

by Julie Snyder Ten triggers Your due date has come and gone. Your ready to serve an eviction notice to your small resident. What can you do that might get the message...
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...

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

by Pregnancy.org Staff After hours or even weeks of non-productive pre-labor contractions, your body may begin to have rhythmic contractions that seem "different" to you. These contractions may be...
by Jovanna Acevedo Quesada Does Hollywood have you convinced that...
 When a woman is in labor, it's not really the time to crack jokes,...
 False contractions, known as Braxton-Hicks, might have first shown...

Delivery

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 you're focused on those...
QUESTION Hi Around 33 weeks I was told I had a slightly increased...
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...

Childbirth Options

by Julie Snyder Ten triggers Your due date has come and gone. Your ready to serve an eviction notice to your small resident. What can you do that might get the message across? Try one of the natural...
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

You are pregnant, anxious and excited about the new addition to your family. You've read all the baby books, are wearing maternity clothes, and took the birthing classes. The baby room is painted and...
You are pregnant, anxious and excited about the new addition to your...
Read all of PUSH: One Man's Journey Week 42 Sarah hijacked this entry...

The Big Day

Whether you're giving birth at a hospital or birthing center, it doesn't so much matter the where as the 'what' to bring with you. Remember, only bring what makes sense to you and leave your...
My Baby Arrived Right on my due date Feb 8th 2013 @4:15pm BC time...
 While this article may not be presented to you in a lovely spiral-...
Breast surgery often requires some wardrobe alterations. A lot of...

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...