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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.

Holding Off On Post-Baby Sex

Sex is probably the last thing on your new-mom to-do list. But at around six weeks postpartum, doctors usually give new moms the go-ahead to resume their sex lives. But how many moms actually hit that target date? 

Newborns And "Good" Gut Bacteria

We've all heard the buzz about healthy gut bacteria (probiotics, anyone?). Well a recent study has found that Cesarean sections and baby formula may disrupt the "good" bacteria in newborns' intestines, according to a New York Times report on a study published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

What You Need to Know About Giving Birth by Cesarean Section

No matter what type of birth you’re planning (and hoping) for, you shouldn’t rule out the possibility of a Cesarean section. While the C-section delivery rate recently declined for the first time in 14 years—from 32.9 percent in 2009 to 32.8 percent in 2010—the number of women delivering via C-section in the United states is still approaching 1 in 3, and about 61 percent of those are first-time surgeries, mainly C-sections performed when problems arise during labor.

Why Unnecessary C-sections Do More Harm Than Good

We’re always harping about what women should do to avoid having a C-section around here.  Most women are pretty motivated to avoid that surgery (the #1 surgical procedure performed in America, by the way), but some women have emailed or commented that they don’t see what the big ol’ deal is.  It’s a safe surgery, right?  It’s just another way to get that baby out, right?  If it means they don’t have to push for hours, then all the better.  Some women say their doctor wants them to have a C-se

Real Life Stories: Unexpected C-Section

When Induction Didn't Deliver

“Even though my birth didn’t go as expected, I was still involved in the decision-making.” Sara D’Amico, Williamson, N.Y.

Cesareans Linked to Obesity in Children

The debate over Cesarean sections is about to reignite, thanks to a new study, Time magazine reports.

Common Interventions During Labor and Delivery

You may be planning a natural birth, but there are times when your health-care provider must intervene for health and safety reasons. Or you may find that standard hospital practices often include medical interventions. In either situation, it’s important that you be involved in the decisions related to your care.  You can do that by asking questions and openly communicating your desires to everyone in attendance.

Placental Nightmares

The news story about Gina, the woman in Texas who survived a horrific delivery that required a 35-gallon blood transfusion, is getting a lot of well-deserved attention this week. This young mother had a troubled pregnancy from the start.

It's Complicated

Of the 4.2 million deliveries that took place in the United States in 2008, 94 percent involved a “complication,” according to a recent U.S. government report. Yikes, right? Not really, says Marjorie Greenfield, M.D., a professor of OB-GYN at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine in Cleveland. “Most ‘complications’ are irrelevant,” she says. “They have no impact on the health of the mother or the baby.” Here’s a look at the five most common potentially sticky scenarios.

{1} Umbilical cord issues

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