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C-Section Epidural Complications Declining

Good news if you have an epidural or spinal block during a C-section: They could be safer than ever. Indeed, over the past 10 years, complications from those procedures went down 25 percent.

The rate of overall complications in women who had those forms of anesthesia fell from 8.9 per 1,000 women in 2003 down to 6.6 per 1,000 in 2012, according to the report published in Anesthesiology.

Watch this Mom Whip/Nae Nae Through Labor

When Atlanta nurse midwife Angelina Ruffin advised her pregnant patient to do squats in order to prepare for childbirth, she never imagined she'd come back to find this.

"I went looking for my patient to see how she was doing with her squatting. This is what I found in between contraction," Ruffin wrote on YouTube of the mom-to-be's dance to rapper Silento's "Whip/Nae Nae." "Get that baby down mommy!"

Mom Awakens From Coma After Hearing Baby

Need proof of the unbreakable bond between a mother and her child? Meet North Carolina mom Shelly Cawley, who, last year, fell into a coma during an emergency C-section to deliver her daughter, Rylan. Doctors, and even her own husband, feared she might not wake up; that is, until she heard her newborn baby cry.

Photographer Demos How Baby Fits in Womb

Right after a baby is born, there's a special moment that Dutch birth photographer Marry Fermont loves to photograph. It's not the second that mom sees her newborn for the first time, or the moment dad cuts the umbilical cord.

Is Hiring a Doula Worth the Cost?

Using a doula has been shown to help with labor and birth, yet only 6 percent of women use one, according to a Listening to Mothers study. So what gives?

9 Photos Capture Raw Beauty of Home Birth

A picture is worth a thousand words—and in some cases even more, like in this personal and intimate photo series about childbirth by photographer Gustavo Gomes.

The Brazilian photographer chronicled his girlfriend Priscila as she handled her all-natural home birth like a pro—a process that took 20 hours. The dark-tinged photos portray a realness that shows both the painful and beautiful sides of delivering au naturel.

See This Mom Twerk Her Way Through Labor

Can twerking take away labor pains? Well, it certainly can't hurt!

Mom-to-be Yuki Nishizawa was in labor Tuesday at Boston's Brigham and Women's Hospital's Center for Labor, Birth and Recovery when she starting dancing to both pass the time and move the whole labor process along. The Tokyo native started twerking, so her husband started recording to share with friends watching on social media.

Doctors Now Understand Science Behind Labor

The human body is an amazing thing, especially when it comes to pregnancy and childbirth. But there is much that scientists still don't understood about how we operate—like how is it that a woman's contractions get stronger as labor progresses, despite the rest of her body getting weaker from lack of oxygen, blood loss and sheer exhaustion?

Husband Films Wife Giving Birth in Their Car

Well, this is one for the outrageous birth books!
Almost 8 million people have viewed Lesia Pettijohn giving birth to her son, Josiah, while her husband, Jon, filmed the whole thing.

Photographer Captures Beauty of Home Birth

Childbirth doesn't generally give off zen vibes, but this new series of photos from Florida photographer Kathy Rosario shows that delivery through a home birth can be, well, peaceful.