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Need a C-Section? Ask Your Doc to Do This

Here’s something you probably didn’t think to put in your birth plan: If a C-section is performed, close with sutures (stitches), not staples. It could make a difference in your recovery, says a new study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

How to Get a Free Breast Pump

Mamas, rejoice: A provision of the Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide copayment-free lactation consulting and breast pumps. But since the law is fairly new, you might lock horns with your insurance provider over what you're entitled to. Three key questions to ask your insurer:

Create a Zen Delivery Room: Your Field Guide to Birthing Personnel

Your first birth is super exciting—and stressful, so we understand the desire to cut down on unnecessary commotion in the delivery room. (Sorry, third cousin once removed, we'll see you in the waiting room afterward.)

Distant relatives aside, it can be difficult to determine who's really necessary, and who you can ask to leave—especially if it's your first rodeo. Use this list to help you plan your posse.  

6 Labor Tips That Help You Rock Your First Birth

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.

Why Nurses Administer Oxygen During Labor

It happens every day on every labor and delivery unit in America. Something goes wonky on the fetal heart monitor (too slow, too fast, too flat) and the nurse straps an oxygen mask to mom’s face, turns her to a new position and increases her IV fluids. Pretty soon, baby’s heart rate is back to normal and everyone heaves a sigh of relief. (If the heart rate doesn’t go back to normal, that’s a game changer that often results in a C-section.)

Shameless Star Shanola Hampton Shares Her Labor Songs

The Shameless star and mom to 4-month-old Cai was working a throwback vibe during her labor. “The titles of the songs on my delivery playlist pretty much say it all—they’re mostly messages to my baby,” she says. “I went with a lot of old-school music, and the songs really set the tone for the kind of birth I wanted to have.” Check out the jams that got her through:

3 Questions to Ask Yourself Before Giving Birth at Home

Let’s get right to it: Is it safe to give birth at home? Well, that depends on the mother, her midwife and which studies you read. Two home birth studies have been published recently, giving us lots to talk about.

Pictures of Your Birth: Go Pro or Opt for the Selfie?

It's never questioned that pregnancy is a beautiful thing and bringing a baby into the world is one of the most miraculous things someone can experience in their lifetime. Still, does that mean you need to be snapping pics in the delivery room? 

Related: 4 Common Delivery Day Dilemmas 

Water Birth Safety: The FYI Every Pregnant Mama Should Read

While women have been giving birth in tubs for forever, water births have gained popularity in the last 30 years, even in hospitals, as women all over the world realize the benefits: Water reduces stress, relieves pain, and may help uterine muscles contract more efficiently. Besides, what’s not to love about a warm bath?

Devious Maids Actress Dania Ramirez Shares Her Labor Playlist

The Devious Maids star, mom to 4-month-old twins, soldiered through her contractions with classical masterpieces. "They kept everyone in the room calm and collected." She also got an early start: "I'd put the music on while my twins were in the womb. Playing something they'd heard before made them enter a familiar world."

Here are the albums that helped her through labor (listen to them on the Spotify playlist below):

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