childbirth

The Hospital Where You Give Birth Matters

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No matter how well you prepare yourself for giving birth, there's (unfortunately) always the chance that something could go wrong. For the 13 percent of women in the United States who face obstetrical complications, this is is the case. What's the main reason for these complications? According to a study conducted at the University of... read more

Some Babies Deemed Overweight or Underweight at Birth Really Aren’t. Here’s Why

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A recent study, conducted by Dr. Joel Ray of St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto, has concluded that birthweight can be influenced by both maternal and paternal ethnicity. It's no secret that a baby's birthweight is an important predictor of how he'll handle the first few weeks of life. But you may not know that the way birthweight... read more

Surprised Marathon Running Mom Gives Birth – And She Didn’t Know She Was Pregnant!

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Once upon a time, in Duluth, Minnesota, a busy mom of five (five!) named Trish Staine was in the middle of training for a half-marathon. (Where she found time for this is unknown). At 33 and super fit, her youngest being 7 and her oldest (stepchild) being 20, kids were not part of her future... 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

The Doula Dilemma: 5 Reasons You Should Consider Getting a Labor Coach

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Labor support has been marginalized in our culture in the last hundred years. The current medical model leaves little room for caretakers who are advocate for their clients, the birthing mamas. A new day has come where many hospitals are now welcoming a fleet of skilled and well trained birth professionals called,'the doulas".... read more

Babies Born on 12/12/12 Share a Rare, Special Bond

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Yesterday marked a special day for new parents all over the country. According to reports, several couples welcomed their little bundles into the world at exactly 12:12 on 12/12/12 -- how fun! So far, here's what we know: In Auburn Township, Ohio, Frank and Cierra Smith and big brother Caden welcomed daughter Forever Cierra Cotrice... read more

Hypnobirthing: How Hypnosis Helped Me Through Labor

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There are many things a mother-to-be may try to ease the pain while laboring and birthing her child. Positioning, movement, using a shower or bath, heat, counter pressure, and pain medication are all types of pain-relievers during labor. While pregnant with my son, however, I heard of a new pain reliever -- hypnosis. Initially,... read more

Keeping a Labor Log

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It seems, to me, that many women who've given birth can tell you the story of their labor. They can tell you how long they labored, when they knew when to go to the hospital, what their nurse's name was, when they got medication, how long they pushed for, and, of course, what time... read more

4 Things You Should Know About Vaginal Deliveries

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1. There is no normal.

When I was pregnant it seemed as if I was wearing a huge sign that said, "Please tell me all about your personal experiences with having a baby." This happened to me constantly! Whether I was at work, church, the grocery store, or a public bathroom, there was always a...

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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