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?
It’s been Jonas-mania ever since Danielle and Kevin announced they had a baby on board back in July.
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.
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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.
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?
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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.
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 recent study comparing the diets of babies with food allergies to those of 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.