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When's the Best Time of Day to Give Birth?

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.

The Dangers of an Unassisted Home Birth

Risk assessment is a big part of being a good parent. And yet, many women are unknowingly putting their unborn child at risk by opting to give birth unsupervised at home.

Induction Does Not Increase C-Section Risk

Most pregnant women who want to give birth naturally believe that being induced increases their chances of having a cesarean section. With C-section rates hovering around 33 percent in the U.S.—higher than ever before, with all signs pointing to their continued climb—expectant women are left wondering how they can avoid unnecessary surgery and whether medical induction has anything to do with it.

Is Every C-Section Really Necessary?

You wouldn't have major surgery unless it was a medical necessity, right? Most people would consider this basic logic, and yet, it doesn't seem to apply when it comes to childbirth.

Did This Woman Have the Shortest Labor Ever?

An Australian mother wins the award for shortest labor ever after giving birth to her fifth child in two minutes flat. Yes, TWO minutes. And was she surprised? Not at all. Amazingly, she's never been in labor for longer than two hours.

Many Moms-to-Be Live Too Far from a Hospital

Worrying about access to a hospital with a labor and delivery unit sounds like something you’d file under Not A First World Problem. However, for some pregnant women here in the U.S., especially those living in rural areas, the nearest hospital capable of providing proper obstetric services can be hours away.

Keira Knightley Reveals Her Birth Plan

Keira Knightley, who is pregnant with her first child, is playing it by ear when it comes to giving birth later this year, she told Ellen DeGeneres this week.

Why Kristen Bell Really Enjoyed Her Epidural

When Kristen Bell gave birth to her second daughter, Delta, 7 weeks ago, an unexpected c-section led to an unexpected epidural. Although a more natural birth may have been in the original plans, taking the labor drugs actually “felt really great”, she told Ellen DeGeneres on Monday.

Dax Shepard on Kristen Bell and Her C-Section

Hindsight, as they say, is 20-20, and if you can laugh about 33 hours of labor followed by a C-section, well, that seems like perfect vision to us.