Visit any online message board for pregnant women, and you'll find one of the most hotly debated topics is when to clamp and cut the umbilical cord. The idea behind "delayed cord clamping" (DCC) is that allowing blood to flow from the placenta to the baby for a few minutes after birth has health benefits for the tiny newborn.
As a doula, I often get asked by first-time parents what they should expect during labor. Will they really know when it's time to go to the hospital? What if things don't go as planned? Whether you are pregnant with your first, second, third or beyond, each birth is different.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.