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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.

Are You an Ideal Candidate for VBAC?

For a woman with a previous cesarean, answering these questions is a critical step to deciding between a repeat Cesarean (RCS) and a vaginal birth after Cesarean (VBAC).

10 Tips for Avoiding a First-Time Cesarean Birth to the End

More and more women in the United States (and around the world) are having cesarean births. A recent study from the Yale University of Medicine showed two main reasons for the rise: more c-sections in first-time moms and lower rates of VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean).

What’s The Answer to 70 Percent C-section Rates? Birth Centers

People are shocked—SHOCKED!—at the news in a recent study that spells out one of the glaring reasons why our Cesarean section rate is so ridiculously high. According to a new study conducted by the University of Minnesota's School of Public Health and published in the journal Health Affairs, C-section rates vary tenfold throughout the United States—ranging from 7.1 percent to 69.9 percent.