labor and delivery

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

Would You Use Laughing Gas During Labor?

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Skeptical about an epidural? Cringing at the thought of natural labor? The latest birthing trend is your happy medium: laughing gas. We know, we know, it sounds more like the dentist's office than the delivery room. But it's making its way back to the US (the practice of using nitrous oxide during labor has been... Read more

Could Labor Pain Meds Lower Your Risk of Postpartum Depression?

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An epidural might be your secret weapon against postpartum depression. A Chinese study found that women who received epidural anesthesia during a vaginal delivery had a much lower risk for postpartum depression than women who didn't. How much lower? 21 percent. "It's a huge omission that there has been almost nothing in postpartum depression research... Read more

A Dad-to-Be’s Guide to Pregnancy

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Dads, it’s true – having a plethora of information and knowledge will help pave the way to your successful role as a daddy! And these days, it’s easy as there are ample resources available to help mommies and daddies-to-be understand what to expect along the road ahead. There were three resources I used to prepare... Read more