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Got a Holiday Due Date? How to Prepare

Regina Hughes was thrilled to find out that her little turkey was due on Thanksgiving last year. “What a great thing to be thankful for,” the Glen Ellyn, Ill. mom says. But her wave of elation quickly pooled into worry. Will I be able to make it to the feast my mother-inlaw spends all week preparing?

Pregnant? Don't Miss This Epidural News

Whether a mom-to-be wants a natural childbirth or the option of pain relief, allowing her to choose what’s right for her is always the way to go. So, it's good news that a new report says that women in labor don't have to wait for an epidural if they want one.

5 Ways to Combat C-Section Judgement

Brooke Kyle, M.D., an obstetrician in Eugene, Ore., birthed all three of her kids via Caesarean section. “There’s pressure that makes people feel like their birth is less worthy if they have to choose a C-section,” Kyle says. At first, she felt beaten that she couldn’t deliver vaginally, but “now I own it and I’m proud of my birth experience,” she says. You can, too!

Are Hospital Births Becoming More Home-Like?

Deciding between a home birth and a hospital birth is no easy decision: while hospitals might be safer for some women, there’s no place like home. Fortunately, a few hospitals are finding middle ground and taking a few pages from the home birth manual, which could help provide the best of both worlds.

Why Docs Perform C-Sections for Babies in Breech

Heads or tails? While only 4 percent of babies are in the breech position—buttocks or feet-first instead of head-down—at term, the decision about whether to deliver these babies vaginally or via planned C-section is a hot-button international topic.

What’s Your Risk of Giving Birth on the Sidewalk?

Precipitous births, also known as “super speedy, can’t-wait for-the-hospital, side-of-the-road” births have a way of making headlines. You might think that these wild and crazy deliveries happen all the time, but the truth is, they’re rare.

Need a C-Section? Ask Your Doc to Do This

Here’s something you probably didn’t think to put in your birth plan: If a C-section is performed, close with sutures (stitches), not staples. It could make a difference in your recovery, says a new study published in Obstetrics and Gynecology.

How to Get a Free Breast Pump

Mamas, rejoice: A provision of the Affordable Care Act requires insurance companies to provide copayment-free lactation consulting and breast pumps. But since the law is fairly new, you might lock horns with your insurance provider over what you're entitled to. Three key questions to ask your insurer:

Create a Zen Delivery Room: Your Field Guide to Birthing Personnel

Your first birth is super exciting—and stressful, so we understand the desire to cut down on unnecessary commotion in the delivery room. (Sorry, third cousin once removed, we'll see you in the waiting room afterward.)

Distant relatives aside, it can be difficult to determine who's really necessary, and who you can ask to leave—especially if it's your first rodeo. Use this list to help you plan your posse.  

Why Nurses Administer Oxygen During Labor

It happens every day on every labor and delivery unit in America. Something goes wonky on the fetal heart monitor (too slow, too fast, too flat) and the nurse straps an oxygen mask to mom’s face, turns her to a new position and increases her IV fluids. Pretty soon, baby’s heart rate is back to normal and everyone heaves a sigh of relief. (If the heart rate doesn’t go back to normal, that’s a game changer that often results in a C-section.)