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

Brazilian Women Fight For Birthing Rights

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When you gave birth, did you opt for surgical, natural, or water birth? Unfortunately, not all women are given a choice. In Brazil more than half of all babies are delivered via C-section. A statistic that the women are trying to change. Last month, after a medical agency in Rio de Janeiro forbade doctors from performing home... Read more

The Latest Scoop: Do Kids With Older Dads Live Longer?

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Childbirth Takes 2 Hours Longer Than It Did In the ‘60s

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Pregnant women spend a lot more time in the delivery room than their counterparts did 50 years ago. According to a new study published in the American Journal of Obstetrics and Gynecology by the National Institutes of Health, researchers believe that changes in delivery room practice may be the cause of the increase in... Read more

New Labor Tool Could Mean Fewer C-sections for First-Time Moms

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Researchers from Ohio State University and University of Colorado Denver have created a new labor-tracking tool, called a partograph that may help reduce the use of unnecessary intervention during labor and lower the number of c-sections performed on moms who have low-risk pregnancies. Recent findings have found that labor is not a linear process,... Read more