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.
You successfully made a baby (that was the fun part!) and by now you have this whole pregnancy thing down. Labor, though, is fast approaching—a fact you may simultaneously dread and cheer. But even if this is Baby #1, you can approach L&D with the cool of a pro who’s delivered a whole passel of kids.
You know that C-sections are concerningly common, but what if your doctor forces you to have one?
Big news, ladies! New C-section guidelines are coming to a hospital near you. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and the Society for Maternal Fetal Medicine (SMFM) are addressing what some of us have known for years: many of the C-sections that account for 1 in 3 births are unnecessary and harmful.
Sure, some C-sections are necessary. But why are American doctors so quick to break out the knife? What you need to know about the trend, including why unnecessary C-sections do more harm then good.
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.
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Unless you’re a detective or have the last name Woodward or Bernstein, you may not feel all that comfortable asking your OB-GYN difficult questions. Why? They can make your subject—and you—uncomfortable, squirmy or standoffish.
When it’s time to deliver your baby, you’ll want the most current information dictating how your OB-GYN or midwife handles your birth.
Most everyone agrees that evidence-based medicine, or practices shown in high-quality studies to be best for moms and babies, should rule in labor and delivery rooms.