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Ricki Lake Interview

Former TV host Ricki Lake’s older son, Milo, was born 12 years ago in a New York City hospital. “After so many months of preparation . . . I was never in control. I had wanted to feel everything, but all I remembered of labor was fear and panic,” she writes in the preface to Your Best Birth. Shortly thereafter, Lake became a self-described birth junkie; and five years later her second son, Owen, was delivered at home, in water, by a midwife. “I chose to go against much of the advice given to me and did what I wanted, and it turned out even better than I expected,” she writes.

Why Induce Labor?

A friend is due this week with her first baby. She’s healthy, hasn’t gained too much weight, and in her own words, “has had a perfect pregnancy.” We chatted about how hard it is to wait for labor she said, “I’m fine with waiting but my doctor won’t let me go past my due date. He wants to schedule an induction.” 

Home Birth

I recently watched clips from a show called “The Doctors”  where four physicians discuss health-related current events. Ricki Lake, talk show host and co-author of Your Best Birth: Know All Your Options, Discover the Natural Choices, and Take Back the Birth Experience,  was a guest panelist.  The topic was home birth.  The show’s OB/GYN, Dr. Lisa Masterson, MD, works at Los Angeles’ Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and trained at USC Medical Center.  Hey, that’s where I went to nursing school.  She says she’s seen thousands of births. Me, too!  Dr.

Labor Lite

The words “easy labor” may seem like an oxymoron, but there are steps you can take, both throughout pregnancy and during labor, to make your experience less stressful and more comfortable, less clinical and more joyful. And although the following tips won’t guarantee you’ll have a sweat-free, pang-free birth, they can help make your labor and delivery more manageable.

Your Birth Plan

Remember: it's really more of a wish list. It's best to keep your birth plan short and sweet, and to really think through a few key questions which will help you communicate your wishes. Use this form to write open-ended answers to five crucial questions. Then, print it out and share it with your healthcare provider.

The Dawn of Lena: Part 2

Hello again! The continuation of Lena's birth story...

On the way to the hospital, my contractions got more intense. We stopped at a cafe on the way there for my "farmer's breakfast" on the orders of Michelle (my doula), and I had to stop and lean against the wall next to the organic juice. I wanted to believe this was all a great sign of progress! Dilation! Closer to the baby actually being born! But I was so boy-who-cried-wolf at that point that I didn't trust it.

The Dawn of Lena: Part 1

Hello from the other end of the rainbow!

Because I'm so long-winded, and because I know that if I were a reader, I'd want every single detail, I'm going to split this into two entries: one to post on Monday, and one on Thursday. (Have I cleared this with my beloved editor? No! So here's hoping it works for her.)

Welcome, Baby Lena!

Emily and Aron welcomed their baby girl, Lena, into the world at 4:54 on Thursday, October 18th, weighing in at 7 pounds, 11 ounces. Aron writes that Lena and Emily are healthy, happy, and resting, and that "Emily was amazing." (We knew she would be!)

Congratulations to Emily, Aron, and big sister Sylvia, and welcome to the world, little Lena!

—The Fit Pregnancy Editors

Check back on Monday, when Emily will be back to share the story of Lena's birth.

It's Only Natural

I've been reconsidering my decision to opt for an epidural this time around. After my labor experience with Julia, I vowed to never attempt a natural birth again. But suddenly I'm wondering if I'm selling myself short. After all, I made it all the way to ten centimeters and then through two hours of pushing with Julia before the doctor convinced me that an epidural would help relax me just enough so we could avoid any other type of intervention.

Going Natural

Megan's expecting her second baby. She had an epidural and a quick labor with her first but didn't like not having control of her body. She's hoping for an un-medicated labor this time and is practicing yoga, guided relaxation and self-hypnosis. She wants to know what I think of "natural" childbirth. Megan asks, "What improves our chances of success, what sabotages it, and what drives staff crazy about the process?" You guys ask such good questions.