Want to have a great labor and delivery experience? Get to know your nurse—and fast!
When I arrived at the hospital to deliver my first baby, I had no idea what I was walking into. I had not attended any birth-related classes, and I’d never watched an episode of TLC’s “A Baby Story” because I … Continue reading →
Visiting the hospital before the big day can give you peace of mind when it comes time to deliver.
(Above: A labor and delivery room at Northside Hospital Forsyth in Cumming, Georgia.) You might have visited your local hospital in the past—to see a relative, attend a scheduled appointment or take a prenatal class—so you may already be familiar … Continue reading →
Hospitals around the globe are becoming officially “Baby-Friendly” by putting breastfeeding first. Does your facility meet the criteria?
When I was expecting my first child in 2007, I attended a crash course in breastfeeding at the local hospital where I planned to deliver. I heard all about how important it was to breastfeed, how the practice would benefit … Continue reading →
Your body spends 280 days getting ready for its most awesome undertaking yet: ushering baby from womb to world.
A quick look down at your burgeoning belly makes it all too obvious that your body is undergoing some pretty remarkable transformations in preparation for baby’s debut. Although the bump is the most obvious change, what’s going on inside—and out … Continue reading →
When birth doesn’t follow your carefully plotted course, shifting gears can allow you to still enjoy the ride.
Adrienne Camhi, a mom of one in Evanston, Illinois, planned to deliver her daughter Neva naturally. She hoped to labor at home as long as possible, move around frequently to ease her pains, and go epidural-free for the duration. “I … Continue reading →
We asked five experts to share their best advice for moms-to-be as they prepare to give birth—listen up!
FROM AN OB Najia Lawrence, MD, FACOG, is a board-certified OB/GYN with North Georgia OB/GYN Specialists in Woodstock, Georgia, and is affiliated with Northside Hospital-Cherokee. She has delivered nearly 2,000 babies over the course of her 12-year career. 1. Trust … Continue reading →
That is the question this to-the-point guide is here to help you answer. We’ll give you the facts and demystify the process, so you can decide what’s right for you and baby.
There is no single way to birth a child. Because no two labors and deliveries are the same (from how long they last to how they feel), what works for one woman might not for another. But many people—mothers and … Continue reading →
Postdelivery considerations to flesh out before the big day.
While expecting, you spend a lot of time thinking about how you want your labor and delivery to go. Do you want an epidural? A water birth? A mirror to watch your progress? These considerations often take precedence over thoughts … Continue reading →
Just because you find yourself delivering in an operating room doesn’t mean you can’t have the family-centered birth you want.
Dressed in a thin paper gown, you nervously look up at your partner, who squeezes your hand as your doula leads you through calming breaths. Your playlist switches over to a Katy Perry song and you think, Yes—bring it. I … Continue reading →
There are benefits for both mom and baby when labor happens all on its own.
Editor’s note: Although “natural” can mean different things to different people, for the sake of this article, we’re using it to define a birth that doesn’t involve medical intervention of any kind. It’s a fact that medical interventions are sometimes … Continue reading →