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The Case of the Coerced C-Section: What are Women's Rights in Birth?

In June of 2010, Michelle Mitchell delivered her baby at Augusta Health Hospital in Fishersville, Va. But the birth didn't happen as she had planned. Mitchell claims she was coerced into an unnecessary cesarean section by the on-call doctor, Mark Brooks, M.D., even though the operation was not medically indicated. Mitchell sued Dr.

Children's Health Not Affected by C-Section

As if mom guilt wasn't bad enough, long-standing research has shown that children born via cesarean section were more prone to serious health problems than children who were born vaginally.

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.

Big Baby Fear Leads to Unnecessary Interventions

If you were told at the end of your pregnancy that your baby might be well over eight pounds, you'd probably freak out a little about giving birth, right?

The Sisterhood of the C-Section Scar

Depending on who you ask, photographer Helen Aller's photo of a newborn nestled just beneath his mother's C-section scar is provocative, beautiful, unappealing or an example of social media over-share.

C-Section Preemies Benefit from 'Cord Milking'

You may have heard that delayed cord clamping (DCC), waiting to cut the umbilical cord until all the blood has flowed back into baby, has health benefits for your newborn. But doctors are taking things one step further with a new technique called "cord milking": actually pushing the blood back toward the baby with their fingers right after birth.

How Many C-Sections Can You Have?

Having a C-section is not a decision that doctors or laboring women take lightly. Thankfully, in the United States, the surgeries are performed by highly qualified professionals, so mothers and babies are in good hands to help navigate any associated risks. Most moms who have a cesarean will also go on to birth their future children via the same method. But how many C-sections can you safely have?

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.