During one of the most physically intense events of their lives, women are still routinely limited to ice chips and sips of water during labor, despite strong research showing no benefit, and possible harm to women and their babies.
Is it false labor or preterm labor? Since preterm babies are at higher risk of needing hospitalization, having long-term health problems and dying, it is important for you to know and understand the difference.
Women need energy for labor. Is eating and drinking during labor only natural or is it a bad idea? Learn what research says regarding conventional obstetrical practices.
The birth of your child is nothing less than an extraordinary feat of nature that involves an intricate sequence of events. Every pregnancy is different, and every childbirth is different. Yet most follow the same prescribed path of what physically unfolds in the body.
Hi, I will be 40 wks pregnant tomorrow...I started getting labor pains 2 days ago and went to the hospital last night. They told me i was two centimeters dilated and i could go rest at home if I wanted, so I did since I could still handle the pains.
Throughout the night the pains slowed down and by morning had stopped and then my mucus plug came out. I found this strange, I still have no pains...is this normal??? This is my second pregnancy.
I am about 2 1/2 months pregnant. I was wondering if it is still okay to have sex while you are at this stage of pregnancy? I have another question, too. During labor and delivery, can you have an epidural and still deliver in a tub of water?
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.
The two trends in childbirth are moving in opposing directions. One trend is the growing number of hospitals providing homelike accommodations, including Jacuzzis and microwaves. The other trend is high-tech childbirth, beginning in many parts of the country with prenatal testing.
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.