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Giving Birth Before Your Due Date: Do All 40 Weeks Matter?

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?

What to Expect After Giving Birth in a Hospital

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?

Take Control of Your Birth Experience

Women who see themselves as active participants in childbirth and seek a collaborative role with their health care providers are likely to prefer a home birth and a midwife’s care, according to a survey of women 18 to 40 who haven’t yet had a baby.

Can Childbirth Cause PTSD?

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.

When Labor Stalls

While there are certain universal markers for the different stages of labor, not all women experience labor in the same way or at the same pace. When a woman is in active labor and her labor slows down or stops, it is referred to as “stalled labor.” Reasons for the stall can include a slowing down of contractions, contractions without dialation, or the baby not descending, despite contractions still occurring.

Ask The Labor Nurse: Why Home Births Can Be Safe

Last weekend I hung out with a student just beginning her journey through nursing school.  She’s planning on working in labor and delivery when she graduates and had a few questions.  Not surprisingly, her questions are ones I’m asked a lot.

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.

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.

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