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Ask The Labor Nurse: Is Pitocin Safe?

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.

Celebrity New Moms

7 Tips For Having A Natural Childbirth

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. 

The Sad Truth About Stillborn Babies

The first time I attended a birth where I knew the baby would not live, I’d only been a nurse for a few months.  It was a premature delivery at 24 weeks and there was no way to stop that baby from being born. The little girl slipped out of her mother’s body into warm waiting blankets.

Epidurals: 6 Things You Need to Know

More than half of women having babies will be given epidurals to block pain during labor. Despite the general acceptance and proven safety of today’s epidurals, however, many women still agonize over whether to accept one.

Real Life Stories: Unexpected C-Section

When Induction Didn't Deliver

“Even though my birth didn’t go as expected, I was still involved in the decision-making.” Sara D’Amico, Williamson, N.Y.

The Truth About Labor Pain

When Valerie Rowekamp’s labor started, it felt like an annoying case of menstrual cramps. During the hours that followed, the cramping became “downright uncomfortable, but not necessarily painful.” In fact, she gave birth without any pain medication. “I was surprised that it never really felt beyond my tolerance level, which is very low,” she said in her message on Fit Pregnancy’s Facebook page.

Baby Bauble: Brilliant or Bust?

Celebrity stylist Rachel Zoe revealed that her husband gave her a "push present" after the birth of their first baby, son Skyler Morrison. The gift: a 10-carat diamond ring. The price: $250,000.

Also referred to as a "baby bauble," push presents are gifts given by a dad to a mom shortly after the birth of a baby as a thank you for dealing with pregnancy and "pushing" through labor, or as a way to commemorate the event.

5 Yoga Poses for Flat Abs

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5 Exercises for Your Post-Baby Belly

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