labor and delivery

Mom Completes Psychology Exam While In Labor

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We've seen lots of different ways to get through labor. From dance moves to selfies, what happens in the delivery room isn't always what you'd expect. But one Georgia woman turned her hospital room into a classroom, completing an online college exam between contractions. Tommitrise Collins, 21, says she could only... Read more

Hold the Ice Chips! You Can Now Eat During Labor

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For most moms, labor is definitely a marathon, not a sprint. And after discovering the caloric demands of laboring women are literally comparable to those of marathon runners, researchers are suggesting that a light meal during labor would be beneficial. Sure, eating might not be top priority as you battle your way through... Read more

Man Takes Mid-Labor Selfie With Wife

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Gil Solano took a selfie with his wife, Sarah, as she was in the middle of delivering their baby. And he lived to tell the tale. In fact, Solano says it was his wife's idea. "My wife wanted to make sure that someone took a picture of the expression on our faces when our daughter... Read more

Activities To Help Induce Labor

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The last weeks of pregnancy are often uncomfortable, and most of us get to the point of wishing to speed up the time and get the baby out ASAP.  With swollen feet, an achy back, acid reflux, and sleepless nights, who can blame you? So the question often arises: What can I do to get... Read more

New Drape Gives Moms Immediate Contact With Baby After C-Section

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More good news for moms who have c-sections: It's getting easier for you to meet your new baby right away. We've seen family-centered cesareans, or natural cesareans, gain popularity over the last year. As opposed to the standard medical drape surgeons traditionally use to curtain off the operating field and block mom's view, a natural... Read more

Having A 'Big Baby'? Read This Before Delivery

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Call it 'baby-dismorphia'; many moms-to-be perceive their babies to be dangerously big. But a new study offers reassurance: your eight-and-a-half pounder is totally normal. The Boston University study, published in Maternal and Child Health Journal, found that nearly a third of women report being told by healthcare providers that their babies might be "quite... Read more

The Birth Center Trend: Would You Consider Giving Birth At One?

"This was the most empowering experience of my life." That's how new mom Kristen Shorey described her delivery at a birth center, after an unmedicated birth in a marble-lined bathtub. She's not the only one raving about the experience. While 98 percent of American babies are born in hospitals, the number of babies born... Read more

Parents Document Twins' Delivery With A GoPro Camera

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Thanks to a GoPro camera, we're going behind the scenes of another delivery. While it's far less dramatic than the passenger-seat delivery documented on a GoPro this summer, the c-section that was caught on camera earlier this year is just as moving. We see doctors wiping tears from mom's eyes as she reaches for... Read more

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