Buddy Up for baby delivery day

You know exactly what you want to pack in your birthing bag, but do you know who you want carrying it into L&D for you? These days, many moms are taking doulas and midwives into labor and delivery rooms. They’re also bring their mothers, sisters, best friends, and even their own fathers with them. And this isn’t something new. Ancient Malaysians and Indonesians gathered all the mothers in the family or community around a woman in labor, while Navajos would often have members of the …

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Scary trend: Going without medical help during birth

"Dangerous." That's the assessment the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists gave the practice of unassisted childbirth. Yet, despite this warning, 7,000 U.S. women turn qualified medical help away each year and go solo during labor. Sadly, the results are as you'd expect, with more complications during birth and higher mortality rates for both mom and baby. So, why are women turning away from modern medicine. Let's get down to the bottom of it. What it's all about Unassisted …

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3 tips for natural childbirth success

You may have your ideal birth plan in mind, but we can't always predict how labor and delivery will unfold. To better your chances for achieving the natural delivery you want, tick these three items off your prenatal to-do list: Find the right team Take the time you need to ensure you find the right health care team for you. When you meet with a doctor or midwife, be sure to ask about their stance on natural childbirth. Some important topics to touch on include:Labor induction: If you …

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Is a water birth right for you?

When I first heard of women giving birth in bathtubs, I couldn't help but laugh. It sounded so new age and hippie - the sort of birth people who believed in healing crystals and morning meditation would go for. But then I hit 32 weeks of pregnancy, and the thought of an unmedicated childbirth (like I had planned) scared me enough to try any measure promising calm and comfort. So, I signed up for my hospital's birthing tub. What is it? Water birth refers to a birth where a woman spends any …

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Quicker labor with a peanut ball

A peanut ball. Never heard of it? Yeah, I hadn't either, until a new research study concluded it could shorten labor times and decrease the risk of a Caesarean. Now, the peanut ball is my new favorite invention. What is it? First an apology to the ravenous pregnant woman in front of her computer screen: This has absolutely nothing to do with eating. Instead, the ball is peanut-shaped and used primarily for exercising. The study, published this winter in The Journal of Perinatal …

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Doctor versus midwife: Which is right for your pregnancy?

We talk a lot about the importance of choosing the right health care provider - one who will support you and the birth you envision. After all, deciding who will help you bring your baby into the world is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. The first step to finding your delivery team is deciding which camp you'll choose: Doctor or midwife? Here's what you need to know about each to ensure your choice is an informed and sound one. MidwivesAcross the pond in Europe, …

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C-sections linked to chronic disease in kids

As if anyone would hope to end up on the operating table during childbirth, now there's another compelling reason to avoid an unnecessary Cesarean section: Children born by this surgical procedure may suffer from chronic health conditions as a result.While no one's arguing that a C-section can be a lifesaving, medically necessary procedure, there's growing concern among the medical community that going under the knife isn't always warranted. Whether performed out of habit, convenience or a …

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Banish these 3 top childbirth fears

As your baby's due date approaches, you may be surprised to find your mind swimming in fears. Even for the most level-headed women among us, facing the unknown in the delivery room can be enough to raise our heart rates. To encourage you to find a measure of calm, we're breaking down three top labor worries - and giving you reason to breathe easy again. 1. Labor will never end One doula in our circle breaks the ice with potential clients by quipping that "100 percent of her clients are no …

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7 tips for recovery from a C-Section

I recently wrote about my unplanned C-section recently on here, and today I wanted to share a few tips on how I had a good recovery from the surgery. Remember – your body is recovering from major surgery, as well as adjusting to caring for a newborn, so have realistic expectations! It will take a week or two to feel some semblance of normalcy.1. Stay on top of your medsFor me, it was most important that I took the pain medications that were prescribed to me as routinely as possible. …

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An Unplanned C-Section

The birth of your child is extremely personal and unique- and yet, somehow, very much the same.The CDC says that in 2013, Cesarean sections accounted for 32.7% of all births in the United States. That’s a lot- approximately 1.2 million, give or take.Talk to any mom, seasoned or rookie, and at some point they’ll probably tell you how birth plans never go the way you expect. And even if you don’t have a specific birth plan, it will probably not go how you’re thinking it …

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