childbirth

Couple Delivers Baby In Car—And Films Birth With A GoPro (Video)

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Jon and Lesia Pettijohn really wanted to get the birth of their third child on film. But they didn't expect it would all be recorded inside of their car. The couple was en route to the Bay Area Birth Center in Pasadena, Texas when Lesia went into labor in the passenger seat. Using the... Read more

Saying Goodbye to Lamaze Educator Elisabeth Bing

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Obituaries aren't really our thing at The Bump. But Friday's passing of 100 year-old Elisabeth Bing, a childbirth pioneer, has us revisiting the history of the method she promoted so tirelessly: Lamaze. While working as a physical therapist in London, Bing observed that childbirth was being treated more like a disease than something to be celebrated.... Read more

A New Position for Childbirth?

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Don't get too confident in your Lamaze training; new research is challenging a routine childbirth practice. According to a study published in the February issue of the journal Anesthesiology, there may be a better way to position women during labor. Right now, most OBs and anesthesiologists place women on their sides,... Read more

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

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