Many pregnant women feel unprepared for one of the hardest and yet most rewarding days of their lives, the day they give birth to a child.
The Big Day
Many women who want to have a vaginal birth after cesarean in the U.S. and elsewhere have faced some sort of opposition from their care providers when they have expressed their desire to VBAC. Oftentimes, this opposition comes in the form of "VBAC scare tactics."
I just turned 30 and after being told at the age of 18 that it would be difficult for me to have children, I have 2 beautiful boys and a third baby on the way. We are able to conceive the first month we tried this time and I'm very excited. I'm also nervous because my second son was a high risk pregnancy.
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.
The delivery methods of babies have potential implications for the health of infants as they grow and develop.
Ideally you will want to labor at home as long as you choose. However, your dog may respond to the changes in your moods, scents, and behaviors. With this in mind, I offer these important "labor day" tips for you and your canine buddy.
There is an ongoing debate between doctors and midwives regarding the benefits and risks of the appropriate time to cut and clamp the umbilical cord. Here is a summary of the literature regarding the pros and cons of immediate vs. delayed clamping of the cord.
Choosing a birthing location can be scary, time-consuming and stressful. We've put together a list of questions to make it easier!