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7 Tips For Having A Natural Childbirth

Elena wrote that she’s committed to having a 100 percent natural childbirth because she’s concerned about the effect of pain management interventions on her baby’s health and her ability to deliver vaginally. She’s 100 percent clueless, however on how to achieve that goal. Elena, you’ve made the first step in reaching your goal by seeking out information because when it comes to having the birth you want, information is the key. 

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).

10 Tips to Help You Prepare for Childbirth and Labor

It often feels like life is moving faster and faster all the time, but in the delivery room, things are actually slowing down. A National Institutes of Health study found that childbirth for first-time moms now takes 2.6 hours longer than it did 50 years ago. To make that extra time in the delivery room less painful and more joyful, it helps to know how to make the hard work of having a baby more manageable. Starting today, here are 10 things you can do to make your birth experience that much easier.

10 Questions to Help You Choose a Care Provider

Finding the right person to care for you and your baby during pregnancy, labor and birth is one of the most important decisions you will make, and it can help you feel confident to push for the safest, healthiest birth.

As you review doctors and midwives in your area, the following questions can help you find someone who will provide the care you are looking for. Asking questions and providing information builds trust, and it’s the best way to make sure everyone is working toward the same goal – the safest, healthiest birth possible for you and your baby.

Lamaze Breathing: What You Need To Know

Once upon a time, the hallmark of Lamaze childbirth education was “breathing” (hee, hoo, hee, hoo). Over the years, Lamaze has evolved into a comprehensive approach to childbirth, part of which are comfort measures for labor; breathing is one of the suggested comfort measures. So what does it mean to “breathe?” Here’s a little on what you should know:

Breathing in Pregnancy:
A Daily Check-in

Three Labor Myths

We’ve seen a lot of headlines lately about labor myths and labor pain and they’ve inspired me to create my own mini-myth list based on a few ideas that keep bubbling up.

Myth #1 – Labor is the most painful thing you’ll ever do. 

What’s The Best Way To Deal With Labor Pain?

One very special reader I’ll call Katherine, is expecting her first baby this fall.  She’s creative, energetic and super smart.  She has an eye for detail, a keen sense of style and just the teensiest tendency towards anxiety.  She knows a lot about childbirth, has taken classes, studied everything Fit Pregnancy has to offer including everything I’ve written in the last few years.

Take It From The Labor Nurse

Her job description is pretty clear-cut: She’s a registered nurse who cares for the mother and baby throughout labor, birth and recovery. But besides monitoring the mom’s contractions and the baby’s heart rate, she cleans up all manner of messes; adjusts for quirks, temperaments and family dramas; coaches dads and pampers siblings; translates medical-speak; and serves as cheerleader, drill sergeant and best friend du jour. Your labor nurse has heard and seen everything and knows a lot; here’s what she wants you to know.

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.

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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