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C-sections May Hold Long-Term Health Risks for Baby

Most women who have a cesarean section, do it because they have to: for the sake of their own health and the health of their baby. In these circumstances, a C-section is often a life-saving procedure that has us thanking modern medicine with every fiber of our exhausted post-birth body. But a significant proportion of C-sections in the U.S.

Having Pain During Sex? Here's Help

Lots of scary firsts follow childbirth: Your first poop. Your first time driving with the baby in the backseat. Your first day home alone with a helpless miniature humanoid that looks like a (cute) alien-monkey and needs you every waking second.

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.

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!

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.

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.

Can a C-Section Lead to an Ectopic Pregnancy or Stillbirth?

A new study is warning about the adverse side effects of C-sections, and this one sounds super scary. That is, until you read the fine print.

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?

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.

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