labor and delivery

Labor Pain? Dance It Out

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When your labor coach doubles as your dance coach, there's a good chance you're about to be an internet sensation. “I know I shouldn’t be laughing as a husband… but she said she wanted to be famous, so I guess this is how you do it. Doing the 'Tootsie Roll’ in labor,' Connell Cloyd says... Read more

Yikes! Not All Insurance Plans Cover Childbirth

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Birth control? Covered. Prenatal care? Covered? Labor and delivery? Not necessarily. While the Affordable Care Act deemed maternity and newborn care "essential health benefits" requiring independent and small group coverage in 2014, that coverage doesn't extend to dependents still on their parents' health insurance. By law, adults can stay on their parents' plans... Read more

Here's What a C-Section Really Looks Like

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Felicia's maternity photo session was a great package deal. It turned into a birthing shoot as well. The mom-to-be was about halfway through her maternity shoot with Jessica Bender Photography when her water broke. "She looked at me with concern on her face and asked, 'What does it feel like when your Read more

Why You Might Want to Ask Your Doctor to Wait Before Cutting Baby's Cord

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Though it's been a hot topic for years, new research may seriously influence how long you and your partner wait before cutting baby's umbilical cord. A new study published in the journal JAMA Pediatrics found that while there's no different in IQ, children whose cords were cut more than three minutes after birth had slightly higher... Read more

VBACs Are Safer Than You Thought

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For most moms, one c-section means more c-sections to follow. While a vaginal birth after a c-section (VBAC) does still come with a risk of complications, a new study found that those complications are rarer than you'd think. The study, published in the CDC's National Vital Statistics Report, found that just 20 percent of women who... Read more

Childbirth Choices: How Media Influences a Woman's Choice

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Most people say they're going to have a natural birth, right? Not the case, a new study found. And it's the media that's steering most women towards medical intervention, like epidurals. Researchers from Monash University and Queensland University of Technology found women's magazines are largely biased towards promoting the benefits of a medicalized... Read more

Protecting Preemies with Plastic

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Here's a sentence you don't hear every day: "I’m so proud of my freezer bag babies." That's a direct quote from mom of two Emma Blakey, whose daughter and son were both wrapped in plastic bags soon after being born. And it very likely saved their lives. Blakey first delivered a daughter, Willow, at 29 weeks,... Read more

Diabetic Woman Makes History, Gives Birth Naturally with Artificial Pancreas

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Catriona Finlayson-Wilkins, a 41-year-old new mother with Type 1 diabetes, has a lot to be excited about. Not only did she just give birth to her second child, Euan, on Tuesday, but she did so naturally after using an artificial pancreas that monitored her glucose levels and produced insulin throughout her pregnancy. The proud mom participated in a... Read more

Kristen Bell on Epidurals: 'It Was Kind of a Wonderful Experience'

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Kristen Bell's second daughter Delta is now two months old, but we're still reliving her birth. More specifically, we're still reliving her birth on The Ellen DeGeneres Show. A month ago, Bell's husband Dax Shepard recounted the labor to Ellen, noting how the 33-hour ordeal (that ultimately ended in a c-section) was kind of traumatizing... 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