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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.

Beyond Lamaze: The New Childbirth Classes

When Julie Wax learned she was due with No. 2, she knew she wanted a labor and delivery class that would help her feel truly prepared. During her first pregnancy with her son, Craig, she chose a traditional program. "I just took what was offered through my local hospital—I didn’t know I had other options," she says. "I didn’t really trust what the instructor had to say because she didn’t seem experienced in all the approaches.

CDC Will Release New Circumcision Guidelines

It seems like circumcision—the subject of a long-standing debate among experts, parents, and the general public—just got another vote in its favor. In its first draft guidelines on the procedure, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommends that doctors educate both parents and uncircumcised adult males about its various benefits.

Got a Holiday Due Date? How to Prepare

Regina Hughes was thrilled to find out that her little turkey was due on Thanksgiving last year. “What a great thing to be thankful for,” the Glen Ellyn, Ill. mom says. But her wave of elation quickly pooled into worry. Will I be able to make it to the feast my mother-inlaw spends all week preparing?

Pregnant? Don't Miss This Epidural News

Whether a mom-to-be wants a natural childbirth or the option of pain relief, allowing her to choose what’s right for her is always the way to go. So, it's good news that a new report says that women in labor don't have to wait for an epidural if they want one.

5 Ways to Combat C-Section Judgement

Brooke Kyle, M.D., an obstetrician in Eugene, Ore., birthed all three of her kids via Caesarean section. “There’s pressure that makes people feel like their birth is less worthy if they have to choose a C-section,” Kyle says. At first, she felt beaten that she couldn’t deliver vaginally, but “now I own it and I’m proud of my birth experience,” she says. You can, too!

Are Hospital Births Becoming More Home-Like?

Deciding between a home birth and a hospital birth is no easy decision: while hospitals might be safer for some women, there’s no place like home. Fortunately, a few hospitals are finding middle ground and taking a few pages from the home birth manual, which could help provide the best of both worlds.

Why Docs Perform C-Sections for Babies in Breech

Heads or tails? While only 4 percent of babies are in the breech position—buttocks or feet-first instead of head-down—at term, the decision about whether to deliver these babies vaginally or via planned C-section is a hot-button international topic.

What’s Your Risk of Giving Birth on the Sidewalk?

Precipitous births, also known as “super speedy, can’t-wait for-the-hospital, side-of-the-road” births have a way of making headlines. You might think that these wild and crazy deliveries happen all the time, but the truth is, they’re rare.

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.

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