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I Don't Want My Mom & Sister in the Delivery Room

The Dilemma

I only want my husband in the delivery room with me. How do I tell my mom and sisters?

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?   

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.

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