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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!
You've heard the buzz about the rising number of food allergies in kids: The incidence increased by 50% between 1997 and 2011, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
While there's no hard conclusion why allergies are on the rise, a new study comparing the diets of babies with food allergies to babies without allergies confirms a few ways to reduce your child's risk.
It all started when Jorge Odon, a car mechanic in Argentina, watched a YouTube video of a man recovering a cork from an empty wine bottle (shown below). But instead of pouring himself a glass of vino and calling it a day—Odon had an epiphany.
See how the cork was removed by inflating a plastic bag? Odon applied the same concept to childbirth, and invented a device that works the same way—only the cork is the baby, and the wine bottle is the birth canal.
Your due date is in sight and you only have a few weeks to go. In fact, you’re so close, you’d be happy to get the show on the road and have your baby now. What’s the harm? Your doctor told you, after all, that at 37 weeks, you’re close enough to your due date that its safe to have your baby. In fact, why not get your calendar out and book the date and make things easy? Why go through the last miserable couple weeks of pregnancy if you don’t really have to?
The day after I gave birth to my daughter, Olivia, I decided to take her for a walk down the hall. Within seconds, nurses came flying at me from every direction and herded me frantically back to my room. I had unwittingly set out for my walk carrying Olivia in my arms—a huge no-no, they told me, because I could become dizzy and fall due to blood loss. Most hospitals insist that you stroll with your baby in her wheeled bassinet. Who knew?
It’s something soldiers often suffer after being in combat situations: frightening flashbacks and panic attacks due to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD). So when Meeka Centimano experienced similar symptoms after a pretty ordinary birth experience—an 11-hour labor in the hospital before delivering a healthy baby girl vaginally—she didn’t understand why.
While there are certain universal markers for the different stages of labor, not all women experience labor in the same way or at the same pace. When a woman is in active labor and her labor slows down or stops, it is referred to as “stalled labor.” Reasons for the stall can include a slowing down of contractions, contractions without dialation, or the baby not descending, despite contractions still occurring.
Last weekend I hung out with a student just beginning her journey through nursing school. She’s planning on working in labor and delivery when she graduates and had a few questions. Not surprisingly, her questions are ones I’m asked a lot.
I’ve been on a toot for years about the overuse of Pitocin (aka oxytocin) for unnecessary inductions and augmentation of labor. My concerns have focused on what it does to Mom’s labor and our ridiculous c-section rate, but also on how it has led to an outrageous number of babies being born accidentally premature.
Elena wrote that she’s committed to having a 100 percent natural childbirth because she’s concerned about the effect of pain management interventions on her baby’s health and her ability to deliver vaginally. She’s 100 percent clueless, however on how to achieve that goal. Elena, you’ve made the first step in reaching your goal by seeking out information because when it comes to having the birth you want, information is the key.
“Even though my birth didn’t go as expected, I was still involved in the decision-making.” Sara D’Amico, Williamson, N.Y.