When asked about their upcoming birth, some first-time moms respond with, “I’d like to go naturally, but I’m going to play it by ear.” As someone who said the same thing before my first birth, I get this.
We don’t want to commit to something when we’re utterly unsure of the process – what it will feel like, how we’ll respond, what might happen. In truth, we don’t commit because there’s a chance our plans might fail.
And with a first-time birth, the possibility of failure feels big. It’s not like you can practice being in labor!
More babies are born around breakfast time than any other time of day, according to birth certificate data in the U.S. from 2013, the most recent data we have. The highest percentages of births occurred during the morning and midday hours, according to the report from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which looked at birth rates in 41 states and the District of Columbia, with most babies born between 8:00 a.m. and 12 p.m. during the weekdays.
Most pregnant women who want to give birth naturally believe that being induced increases their chances of having a cesarean section. With C-section rates hovering around 33 percent in the U.S.—higher than ever before, with all signs pointing to their continued climb—expectant women are left wondering how they can avoid unnecessary surgery and whether medical induction has anything to do with it.
An Australian mother wins the award for shortest labor ever after giving birth to her fifth child in two minutes flat. Yes, TWO minutes. And was she surprised? Not at all. Amazingly, she's never been in labor for longer than two hours.
Worrying about access to a hospital with a labor and delivery unit sounds like something you’d file under Not A First World Problem. However, for some pregnant women here in the U.S., especially those living in rural areas, the nearest hospital capable of providing proper obstetric services can be hours away.
When Kristen Bell gave birth to her second daughter, Delta, 7 weeks ago, an unexpected c-section led to an unexpected epidural. Although a more natural birth may have been in the original plans, taking the labor drugs actually “felt really great”, she told Ellen DeGeneres on Monday.
You successfully made a baby (that was the fun part!) and by now you have this whole pregnancy thing down. Labor, though, is fast approaching—a fact you may simultaneously dread and cheer. But even if this is Baby #1, you can approach L&D with the cool of a pro who’s delivered a whole passel of kids.