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What Your Placenta Has in Common with Your Mouth

While we once thought of the placenta as a sterile environment, it turns out the baby-nourishing organ contains a whole microenvironment of bacteria—one that resembles your mouth, according to research published in Science Translational Medicine. Cool, huh?

6 Labor Tips That Help You Rock Your First Birth

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.

Your Body, Your Birth Plan? One Woman Who's Taking a Stand

You know that C-sections are concerningly common, but what if your doctor forces you to have one?

4 New Approaches to the C-Section Decision

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.

Do Doctors Love C-Sections?

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.

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.

A Powerful Position

The childbirth educator, doula and author of many books (most recently When Survivors Give Birth: Understanding and Healing the Effects of Early Sexual Abuse on the Childbearing Woman but probably most famously for

3 Steps to Finding Dr. Right

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.

4 Common Delivery Day Dilemmas

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.

Ask The Labor Nurse: The Truth About Twins

I’m always the last in line when it comes to television, but I’ve finally gotten caught up on Call the Midwife, the PBS series about midwifes and nuns in a gritty neighborhood in London in the 1950s.

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