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?
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.
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.
Saturday night date night has most likely taken on a new form during pregnancy. Skip the trip to the theater and watch these great birth flicks in the comfort of your own home, where it’s totally acceptable to wear those super stretchy and oh-so-comfy pajama pants and the kicks you feel aren’t on the back of your seat, but from that tiny little guy or gal in your belly!
It’s a big week for mothers, children and midwives. That’s because two events are coinciding this week that celebrate girls and women:
A recent article in the New York Times claims midwives have become increasingly popular healthcare providers because they’re a status symbol. Apparently, upper middle class women are no longer too posh to push. Instead, they’re posh enough to take over the childbirth market with demands for personalized, family centered and wellness oriented prenatal, labor and delivery care. Hallelujah! If midwifery care has become the hottest trend, I say there’s hope for the American birt
Movement and positioning in labor work magic. Movement enhances comfort by stimulating the receptors in the brain that decrease pain perception. The result is that you are able to tolerate increasingly strong contractions. When contractions become very strong, endorphins are released and pain perception decreases even more. Ultimately, your movement in response to your contractions decreases pain and facilitates labor – a win-win. Movement also helps the baby move through the pelvis, and some positions enlarge pelvic diameters.
Despite marked differences in their approach to childbirth, it's now clear that obstetricians and midwives working together can offer the best of both worlds.
Kim commented on a recent blog, “It was only during my pre-admittance paperwork appointment that I found out an epidural means a catheter is left in your spinal column/spinal membrane for the whole delivery.” The idea of a foreign object being attached to Kim’s spinal column “scares the bejeezus” out of her. Kim, countless women share your sentiment.
Home births constitute about one percent of all deliveries in the US and a much higher percent in other parts of the world. That’s about 40,000 American babies born at home and doesn’t include mothers who planned on having a homebirth, but for one reason or another, ended up transferring to a hospital.
1. Get to know yourself Think about what makes you tick and what you really want. Are you skeptical or respectful of the medical establishment? Ask yourself, if you had no constraints, how would you want to give birth? Does one option make you say: “Yes! That makes total sense!” Do others make you squirm and think: “Yikes! I would never do that in a million years.” Your gut reaction tells you which choice is right for you.