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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):

4 New Approaches to the C-Section Decision

Big news, ladies! New C-section guidelines are coming to a hospital near you. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) are addressing what some of us have known for years: many of the C-sections that account for 1 in 3 births are unnecessary and harmful.

Will an Epidural Increase Your Risk of C-Section?

We know that epidurals can lengthen the amount of time women spend in labor, especially during the second stage—also known as the pushing stage. (It’s hard to push effectively when you can’t feel contractions.) We also know that lengthy labors and ineffective pushing are leading contributors to C-sections, but how long is too long? And should women forego epidurals if they want to avoid C-sections?

Danielle and Kevin Jonas: Who Does Their Daughter Look Like?

It’s been Jonas-mania ever since Danielle and Kevin announced they had a baby on board back in July.

5 Labor and Delivery Reality Checks

Between Hollywood and old wives’ tales, there’s a lot of misleading information about childbirth out there. But until you’ve been through it, it’s hard to separate fact from fiction. Here's what you need to know about labor as you prepare for the big event.

Related:  The Truth About Labor Pain

Don't Fear Delivery Day

Being a little frightened of pain during childbirth isn’t exactly a rare phenomenon. (You want another human to come out of where?!) But fear has its downsides, including an increased risk of postpartum depression, according to a new study published in BMJ Open.

When Your OB-GYN is MIA on Your Delivery Day

As a mom-to-be, you probably interviewed OB-GYNs until you found the perfect fit. But what if you need emergency care or your OB-GYN isn’t available on delivery day? Enter the laborist.

4 Reasons You’re Not Having Sex

Getting hot and heavy soon after giving birth can seem as likely as getting eight full hours of sleep. While some new parents still find time to get busy between the sheets, what's really going on when it comes to postpartum sex?

Related:  Your Guide to the Fourth Trimester

The Beauty of Giving Birth Over the Holidays

Missing out on the Christmas roast isn’t the only reason people stress about the possibility of giving birth over the holidays. A common question: Do hospitals schedule nurses based on seniority? And if so, does that mean only new-hires work Christmas?

The answer? Nope. Everybody on staff takes their turn to work the holidays, so you can expect the same mix of new and seasoned nurses to be on your delivery unit if you go into labor.

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