Birth


Side Effects of an Epidural

Friday, June 23, 2017 By Nina Spears

Now more than ever women are able to have more of a say when it comes to giving birth. Whether she wants to have a medicated birth, an unmedicated birth or a planned cesarean birth, there are many different choices that are available to her which is wonderful and empowering! (Of course that’s assuming that her pregnancy and labor are going well and that mom and baby are healthy.) The most popular option laboring women are choosing today is an epidural. As you probably know, an epidural can decrease or potentially fully eliminate pain and discomfort women experience in labor….

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20 Natural Pain Relief Options to Help Ease Labor Pain

Tuesday, May 30, 2017 By Nina Spears
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Whether you have decided that you want a natural birth, a medicated birth, a home birth, a birth center birth, or a hospital birth, every single expectant mother needs to have some tools to keep herself comfortable while in labor. Even if it’s just for the early labor part. (FYI, hospitals won’t admit you until you are in active labor. You’re on your own in the beginning.) This is why it’s so important to know what natural pain relief options are available to you to keep yourself as relaxed and comfortable as possible so you don’t rush to the hospital too early. Some of these are…

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Can You Do Delay Cord Clamping & Bank Cord Blood?

Wednesday, April 19, 2017 By Nina Spears
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This post has been sponsored by Americord. Read our policies page for more information. If you are approaching your due date and are working on your birth plan, a question that might have caught your attention is: Would like to delay the clamping of your baby’s umbilical cord after birth? But wait . . . why would someone want to do that? Over the past several decades, majority of babies have had their umbilical cords clamped immediately after birth. (The reason for this was it was thought to help reduce the risk of maternal hemorrhage.) Why would we now do the opposite and delay the clamping of the cord? First of…

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Premature Birth: Understanding Your Risk

Friday, April 14, 2017 By Jill Hechtman
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It is estimated that approximately 1 in 10 pregnancies in the United States will result in a premature birth–this is one of the highest rates in the developed world. Premature birth remains the leading cause of newborn death globally, and it can happen to anyone. Although its prevalence is remarkably high, premature birth remains a puzzle for medical professionals across the world who struggle to identify why so many babies are born too early. Premature birth is defined as delivering between 20 and 37 weeks. Since babies are technically not ready to leave the womb, they are subject to a variety of…

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A Doula For a C-Section?

Tuesday, December 27, 2016 By Nina Spears
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“You’re hiring a doula for a scheduled c-section?…What?! Isn’t a doula for women who want to have natural births? What would she do to help during a c-section anyway?!” This is a common response from people when they hear that someone hired a doula who is also planning on scheduling a c-section. And that’s a normal response. I can totally understand that. You’re also right, doulas are mainly hired by women who want natural births. However, more and more women are recognizing the benefits of hiring a doula even when they have an epidural or are having a c-section. Doulas are hired…

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