A Microbe Wipe Could Bridge The Gap Between Vaginal And C-Section Deliveries

What's so special about vaginal birth? Without getting too graphic, babies who pass through the birth canal are covered with their mother's fluid, receiving microbes that are especially beneficial to immune system development. This is what c-section babies are missing out on. So, as a team of researchers from NYU Langone Medical Center decided, why... Read more

This Hospital Is Changing The Future Of C-Sections

C-sections have come a long way over the last year. For both moms who schedule them and moms who unexpectedly need them, c-sections are starting to have similar processes to traditional vaginal births. And the credit is largely owed to doctors and nurses willing to go out of their comfort zones for the best interests of both... Read more

Having A 'Big Baby'? Read This Before Delivery

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Call it 'baby-dismorphia'; many moms-to-be perceive their babies to be dangerously big. But a new study offers reassurance: your eight-and-a-half pounder is totally normal. The Boston University study, published in Maternal and Child Health Journal, found that nearly a third of women report being told by healthcare providers that their babies might be "quite... Read more

Not All C-Sections Are Created Equal, Study Finds

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While many moms do their best to avoid c-sections, birth doesn't always go as planned. And that's not necessarily a bad thing: A new study shows that not all c-sections are created equal. The study, published in Journal of American Medical Associates this month, looked at full-term, firstborn births in Scotland over a 15-year... Read more

New Tool Helps Women Predict Chances Of Having A C-Section

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When it comes to labor and delivery, there's a lot that's out of your hands. But what if you had a better idea of what was going to happen? One company has created the first-ever c-section predictor tool, helping moms-to-be calculate their likelihood of having a cesarean. The tool, an eight-question quiz that... Read more

'Bun In The Oven' Baby In Critical Condition After Premature Delivery

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The Graves family is asking for just one thing from their followers: prayers. One week after an emergency c-section, the mother from the viral 'bun in the oven' pregnancy video, Dana Griffin-Graves, is in stable condition, while her new baby boy, Kaleb, remains in critical condition. The couple updated their Facebook page as soon... Read more

New Drape Gives Moms Immediate Contact With Baby After C-Section

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More good news for moms who have c-sections: It's getting easier for you to meet your new baby right away. We've seen family-centered cesareans, or natural cesareans, gain popularity over the last year. As opposed to the standard medical drape surgeons traditionally use to curtain off the operating field and block mom's view, a natural... Read more

Jessie James Decker Instagrams C-Section Scar: 'I'm Not Perfect'

Jessie James Decker c-section scarJessie James Decker via Instagram
"You look fabulous." "Goals!" "She's perfect." That's just a sampling of the comments Jessie James Decker received after posting a date-night selfie on Instagram. In leather pants, a super low-cut top and sky-high heels, she doesn't look like she gave birth a month ago. https://instagram.com/p/81dmPXlIdC/ The praise prompted the 27-year-old singer, mom to one month... Read more

Getting Moving After A Cesarean: When Is It Okay?

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If you had a c-section, keep in mind that in addition to recovering from the drastic bodily changes resulting from pregnancy, you are also recovering from a major abdominal surgery. This means that you will be weaker, especially in the abdominal muscles, than the new mom who didn’t have a c-section, and will have more... Read more

One Year Later, Mom Celebrates Newborn Saving Her Life

cawley-family-hospital-staffShelly Ann Cawley via Facebook
Baby’s first birthday is an important milestone and celebration of life for any parents. But for North Carolina mom Shelly Cawley, it’s also a one-year celebration of her life. Last September, then-23-year-old nursing student Cawley experienced complications during labor that resulted in an emergency c-section and left her in a coma. And it’s because of... Read more