Childbirth is a wondrous thing, and many dads-to-be want to be right there in the delivery room to experience it. Not only do you get to support your wife but you also get to be there for your son or daughter's first breath. However, no matter how thrilled they are, men can never completely understand all that goes into bringing a life into the world. For that reason, they can sometimes make comments that their wives are less than thrilled to hear.
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 ready to focus on the big day. What can you expect when labor starts for real?
A 33-year-old mom who was 20 weeks pregnant, suffered cardiac arrest while at a church gathering. She was resuscitated, therapeutically cooled, kept at 90 degrees for 12 hours and re-warmed. While she was being cooled, the fetus was monitored, who experienced fetal shivering which stopped once the mother was re-warmed.
Imagine how still this mom had to be. For anyone who has had an MRI, you know that you can't move in order to get a good picture. Well, this is not your average birth video. German researchers have used Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) to peer inside a woman's body during labor, a medical first that sheds light on the birth process.
Most parents don't realize they can be in charge of their baby's birth experience. Unless there are specific restrictions, you can choose how labor and delivery will flow as well as your baby's care after birth. You have the right to be included in decisions being made and the right to say "no."
When seven-year-old Chloe's mother went into labor, she sprung into action. Chloe awoke to her mother's screams as her contractions began in the middle of the night. Chloe was the only one around so she grabbed a towel to keep her newborn sister clean and warm.
A University of Adelaide study has concluded that inducing labor when it's not medically necessary is more likely to result in birth complications compared to women who went into labor naturally.
In a sadly ironic moment, Caroline Lovell of Australia, an outspoken advocate for legal protection and midwife funding in Australia, died on January 24th, 24-hours after being rushed to the hospital during labor.
Want to make your birthing experience faster and easier? Would you just love to avoid an arduous and prolonged second stage of labor?
Each year "Save the Children" surveys the Woman's Health Rankings in 164 countries. The rankings are posted right before Mother's Day. Which country tops the list in 2011?