Delivery Articles

  • Cord Blood Banking: A Life-Saving Decision

    Umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells, considered to be the master cells of the body. Clinical trials are underway to evaluate the benefits of using a child’s cord blood stem cells in the treatment of type 1 diabetes, hearing loss, cerebral palsy, and other brain injuries.

  • Single and pregnant? Don't panic

    By Missy Jaramillo

  • Welcome to the world little Prince!

    The royal baby has arrived and it's a – BOY!! Congratulations to Kate and William! We're all celebrating your 'happily ever after.

  • US preterm birthrate lowest in a decade -- lots of work ahead!

    The March of Dimes just released the 2012 Premature Birth Report Card. The U.S. has hit a new 10 year low for preterm births. This is a significant improvement now registering at 11.7 percent! Use our resources available here on Pregnancy.org to get you and your baby off to a healthy start!

  • Earlier Birth Best for Twins, Study Suggests

    You're pregnant with twins. If you're like many moms-to-be, you're hoping to keep them baking until the perfect time for birth. A new study, released by the University of Adelaide, suggests the optimal time might be sooner than you think.

  • Things No One Tells You About Birth

    Childbirth Hollywood style: Five sweaty and unpleasant minutes and a smiling, swaddled baby appears. We've found the reality to be a wee bit different!

  • Lifetime Interview with Dr. Jones and Nurse Amanda from "One Born Every Minute"

    We recently had an exclusive opportunity to connect with Dr. Stuart Jones and one of his head nurses, Amanda Monaghan of "One Born Every Minute," on LifetimeTV. See what they have to say about the show and the families!

  • Reasons to be Thankful on Your Journey to Parenthood

    For those traveling on a journey to parenthood, the reasons to be thankful abound! Enjoy our favorite Thanksgiving comments from our members who are getting pregnant, pregnant, have babies and beyond!

  • Exercise Can Make Childbirth Faster and Easier

    Want to make your birthing experience faster and easier? Would you just love to avoid an arduous and prolonged second stage of labor?

  • Bradley Method of Childbirth

    Dr. Robert Bradley developed this method in the late 1940's. The Bradley method emphasizes an extremely natural approach, with few or no drugs and little medical help during labor and delivery. Stressing good diet and exercise during pregnancy, it teaches deep relaxation techniques to manage pain, and educates a woman's husband or partner so they can be an effective coach. Read more.

  • Cord Blood Banking: A Life-Saving Decision

    Umbilical cord blood is a rich source of stem cells, considered to be the master cells of the body. Clinical trials are underway to evaluate the benefits of using a child’s cord blood stem cells in the treatment of type 1 diabetes, hearing loss, cerebral palsy, and other brain injuries.

  • Exercise Can Make Childbirth Faster and Easier

    Want to make your birthing experience faster and easier? Would you just love to avoid an arduous and prolonged second stage of labor?

  • Earlier Birth Best for Twins, Study Suggests

    You're pregnant with twins. If you're like many moms-to-be, you're hoping to keep them baking until the perfect time for birth. A new study, released by the University of Adelaide, suggests the optimal time might be sooner than you think.

  • Choosing to Privately Store Our Newborn's Cord Blood

    My husband and I were going to be first time parents. Everything was a learning experience, and in the world of baby, just choosing a stroller seemed to be an overwhelming choice. Then we were exposed to another choice -- whether to privately bank our newborn's umbilical cord blood.

  • Perineal Massage

    Perineal massage is the gentle stretching and massaging of the skin between the anus and vagina (perineum) during the last few weeks of pregnancy. This massage has been shown to reduce the incidence of episiotomy and perineal tears during birth.

  • Using Narcotics for Pain Relief During Childbirth

    Many women choose to use some type of method to deal with pain during childbirth. As you prepare for your labor experience it is important to become educated ahead of time on what different pain medications are available, how they work, as well as what the risks and benefits are.

  • Nolan's Birth

    I started having contractions on Monday, December 1. They were about 5 minutes apart the whole day and we were excited that it finally seemed to be "IT." I was due November 23, so I was ready!

  • Signs of Labor

    Wondering if today is the day? What's the difference between dilation and effacement? Braxton-Hicks or the real thing? If you've lost your mucus plug will labor start right away? Learn more about the changes your body makes as it prepares for and begins labor.

  • C.C.: A Story of Courage

    by C.C. Howell

  • Still Births: Medical and Emotional Issues

    A still birth is a baby that is born after 20 weeks of pregnancy with no signs of life. Before 20 weeks, it's usually called a miscarriage.