Scheduling a C-section or Induction? Read This First

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If you're being induced, chances are there's a medical reason that makes the risk of induction lower than the risk of your continued pregnancy. That being said, if you're planning on having en elective induction (or an elective c-section), you need to be aware that there are risks. A new study in the July issue of... read more

Can Labor Induction Raise Your Risk of C-Section?

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According to new research, doctors and health officials are taking a fresh, clean look at whether or not inducing labor is to blame for rising C-section rates. In a review of over 37 different studies on labor induction, researchers from the University of Calgary in Canada actually found that induced deliveries actually decreased... read more

Why C-section Deliveries Are Becoming Safer for Moms-to-Be

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According to a new government report, researchers found that C-section deliveries are taking place closer to a mother's due date than ever before. From figures released Thursday, the research shows what appears to be a significant shift in when pregnant women are scheduling their C-section operations. The results show that after... read more

Why I Love My C-Section Scar

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As the mother to a 16-month-old little girl who was born through my belly, how could an article titled, "C-section scars banished with welding torch" not grab my attention? I clicked on it and learned about a new medical device that utilizes plasma instead of stitches and staples to “weld” incisions together, minimizing... read more

Kim Kardashian and Kanye West Welcome a Baby Girl!

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The wait is over! According to a source close to the reality TV star, earlier this morning Kim Kardashian and her beau, Kanye West, became parents, welcoming a baby girl into the world! No word yet on baby's name, but the starlet did drop a few baby name hints throughout her pregnancy. Baby girl West... read more

Camila Alves Reveals Her Third Pregnancy Was the Hardest (and Scariest!) One Yet

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From the outside looking in, it was easy to assume that Camila Alves McConaughey had another carefree pregnancy when she delivered her third child with husband Matthew McConaughey. But months after little Livingston made his debut, his mama is finally telling what really happened. She told The View, "I had a really tough pregnancy —... read more

A Mom Shares: Why I Chose to Have a C-Section

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Before I got pregnant, you could say I was pretty undereducated about the birth options. I just figured I’d have an epidural and have a baby. I didn’t even realize that my own mother had had two natural (drug-free) births before my youngest sister was born via C-section.  But once I saw that... read more

Your Pregnancy Workout Routine Could Lower Your Risk of a C-Section Birth

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Exercising while pregnant may be another way to avoid a C-section birth. A new study conducted by Spanish researchers at the Universidad Politecnica de Madrid finds reduced medical intervention during delivery among the many benefits of regular exercise throughout pregnancy. The study followed nearly 300 women from the first trimester through... read more

Breastfeeding and a Vaginal Birth Could Keep Your Newborn Healthier, Study Says

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A new study led by Anita Kozyrskyj, published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal, found that babies born by C-section had a different set of microbes in their digestive tracts than babies who were born vaginally. Additionally, the study also determined that breastfed babies had a different makeup of bacteria... read more

My Twins’ Birth: The Most Important Day I Won’t Remember

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Tell us about the day we were born, I often imagine my children saying to me one day. Before my babies were born, I romanticized about the delivery and I saw myself sharing my glory story with family and friends, even writing blog posts about my birth story and speedy recovery. The truth is, it... read more