When you’re pregnant, choosing between “baby chick” or “sun porch” yellow paint for the nursery can seem like a life-altering decision. So when it comes to the big choices, such as deciding on your birth plan, considering an unconventional method might seem like more than you can handle.But “Many modern birthing choices take the power away from the woman and give it to the medical professionals,” says Barbara Harper, R.N., founder and director of Waterbirth International.
Rush Hour Should you worry about delivering in the car? It happened to these couples.Because labor rarely happens as you imagine, doctors recommend having a flexible birth plan. But not making it to the hospital? Well, even though it’s extremely rare, pregnant women have faced the daunting task of having their baby on the way there.Take Christina Liceaga, of New York City, who was intent on laboring at home, knowing the hospital was a short distance from her apartment. Because
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Diary Of A C-Section A moment-by-moment account of one woman’s life-changing surgeryBent over an exercise ball in front of 20 of my peers, I tried to relax as my husband gently massaged my lower back. No, I wasn’t in labor. I was in class preparing to give birth. Every Thursday evening for four weeks, my husband, Greg, my bump, and I dutifully trekked to class. At the end of the program, I came out feeling ready.But there was one tiny problem. My baby was
Your birth partner plays an important role in the delivery of your baby. To help keep nerves calm and focus high—as well as let him know his presence means a lot—prepare a hospital bag full of goodies for him. Gift wrap it and present it two or three weeks before your deliver. Here’s what to include, from Queens, NY, baby coordinator Roselle Andrea:Contact list that includes numbers for your and your partner’s parents, best friends, and the person who’s watching your older
How About a Do-over?I could barely sleep during the last weeks of my second pregnancy. But this time, I had something new to worry about as I lay awake—shaking up my two-year-old son’s little world with a needy sibling. But my first child was, ultimately, why I decided to attempt a vaginal birth after Cesarean, or VBAC. I knew the physical limitations of recovering from a second C-section would exclude me even more from his daily life.My endeavor was a success—and I’m
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
"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
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
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