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Will an Epidural Increase Your Risk of C-Section?

We know that epidurals can lengthen the amount of time women spend in labor, especially during the second stage—also known as the pushing stage. (It’s hard to push effectively when you can’t feel contractions.) We also know that lengthy labors and ineffective pushing are leading contributors to C-sections, but how long is too long? And should women forego epidurals if they want to avoid C-sections?

Dutch and American Dads Experience Labor

Many of you have seen the YouTube video of Dutch guys “in labor.”   Now there’s another one circulating about American men “in labor.”  Each of the guys is hooked up to an electrical stimulation machine with electrodes attached to their abdominal muscles.  When enough electricity is delivered to give the guys “contractions,” viewers watch as they freak out and lose their minds over what they’d previously perceived was probably tolerable pain that women had ex

6 Common Complaints About Epidurals

Now that I’ve spent two weeks spouting tips for a natural birth, let’s give epidurals some equal play. Around 61 percent of you will get an epidural at some point in your labor, so let’s answer a few nitty-gritty questions. But first, let’s start with some common complaints women have about their epidural experiences:

How To Deal With Natural Labor Pain Before An Epidural

Lots of women commit during pregnancy to get through labor without drugs or an epidural. They come into labor and delivery with plans and promises, skills and techniques to see them through, feeling certain they can achieve their goal of a 100 percent natural birth because they’re prepared, they’re tough and, c’mon, seriously, how bad can it be?   

Epidurals: 6 Things You Need to Know

More than half of women having babies will be given epidurals to block pain during labor. Despite the general acceptance and proven safety of today’s epidurals, however, many women still agonize over whether to accept one.

How Safe Is A Vaginal Birth For Twins?

Beth’s sister is pregnant with twins and wants a vaginal birth.  Beth says, “It seems like an uphill battle” because she has to labor in an operating room and have an epidural right from the start of labor.  Beth wants to know if delivering twins is riskier than delivering a single baby, if twins are more fragile and if all this OR the epidural business is really necessary. 

Why Women Need Prenatal Education

How important is prenatal education for getting good quality patient care? An article published in The Los Angeles Times about a study conducted by The Child & Family Research Institute and University of British Columbia says fewer than 30 percent of first time mothers are attending prenatal childbirth education classes. Instead most women either did their research online, through books or didn’t do any research at all. 

The Truth About Labor Pain

When Valerie Rowekamp’s labor started, it felt like an annoying case of menstrual cramps. During the hours that followed, the cramping became “downright uncomfortable, but not necessarily painful.” In fact, she gave birth without any pain medication. “I was surprised that it never really felt beyond my tolerance level, which is very low,” she said in her message on Fit Pregnancy’s Facebook page.

When Push Comes To Shove

While your birth experience will be as unique to you as your new baby, the phases of labor and delivery are the same for everyone. During pregnancy the opening of your uterus, the cervix, is firm and closed. As your due date approaches, you may experience mild contractions that help prepare your cervix for delivery: It becomes soft, stretchy and thin, a process called effacement.

Gestational Diabetes Versus Unwanted Interventions

Deborah is 36 weeks pregnant and has gestational diabetes. She’s been careful about diet and exercise and has maintained very stable blood sugar levels. Her doctor, however, is warning her she’ll probably need to be induced at 39 weeks and may need a c-section.