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 may have heard that delayed cord clamping (DCC), waiting to cut the umbilical cord until all the blood has flowed back into baby, has health benefits for your newborn. But doctors are taking things one step further with a new technique called "cord milking": actually pushing the blood back toward the baby with their fingers right after birth.
There's so much to think about when you're pregnant, especially if it's your first time. Like what do you do if you go into labor? What the heck do you pack for the hospital? And breastfeeding—how does that work? Good news: there's a class for all of that.
Virtually every pregnant woman has a few anxious moments in the lead-up to labor and delivery. It’s only natural considering the stories you hear. Women all over the world have shared with me their fears of all kinds of birth-related issues that are almost always universal—from anxiety about the pain of labor to fear for you and your baby’s wellbeing.
Having a C-section is not a decision that doctors or laboring women take lightly. Thankfully, in the United States, the surgeries are performed by highly qualified professionals, so mothers and babies are in good hands to help navigate any associated risks. Most moms who have a cesarean will also go on to birth their future children via the same method. But how many C-sections can you safely have?
Most women who have a cesarean section, do it because they have to: for the sake of their own health and the health of their baby. In these circumstances, a C-section is often a life-saving procedure that has us thanking modern medicine with every fiber of our exhausted post-birth body. But a significant proportion of C-sections in the U.S.
When it comes time to push out your baby, you'll be doing all the hard work, Mama—but there are plenty of people who can help you along the way. Your partner, of course, can hold your hand and wipe your sweaty brow during delivery, and your OB (if you choose to use one) will take care of your medical needs. But here are some other people who might be part of your D-Day team.
Visit any online message board for pregnant women, and you'll find one of the most hotly debated topics is when to clamp and cut the umbilical cord. The idea behind "delayed cord clamping" (DCC) is that allowing blood to flow from the placenta to the baby for a few minutes after birth has health benefits for the tiny newborn.
As a doula, I often get asked by first-time parents what they should expect during labor. Will they really know when it's time to go to the hospital? What if things don't go as planned? Whether you are pregnant with your first, second, third or beyond, each birth is different.
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.