Planning for a birth can seem daunting, but it doesn’t have to be! Think of your birth plan as more of a wish list than anything else: a layout of how you’d like things to go, with plenty of room … Continue reading →
Scheduling baby's birth day may appeal to nervous or busy moms-to-be, but is an elective C-section or induction really the best choice?
When Roslyn Jin was pregnant with her second child, she thought long and hard about the best way to give birth. The mother of two in Ontario, Canada, had a less-than-ideal first birthing experience, which began spontaneously but ended in … Continue reading →
Which labor preparation class is right for you? Take our quiz to find out.
Ideally, all pregnancy roads lead to the same destination: an uncomplicated birth and a healthy baby. But there are many paths through labor and delivery, each offering its own tools for overcoming the pain, anxiety and other hurdles you might … Continue reading →
A look at what happens to baby’s umbilical cord postbirth.
You’ve been dreaming about this moment for the past nine months or longer—your little one is finally here! But after the hard work of delivery is done and before you bask in newborn bliss, there’s one more piece of the … Continue reading →
Embrace the pain management technique that works for you.
Labor hurts. However, there is a way to avoid at least some of the pain associated with childbirth: the trusty epidural. It’s a pain relief method that is widely used here in the U.S.—in fact, it’s estimated that more than … Continue reading →
Not wanting to forget a single painful second, more and more women are hiring professional labor and birth photographers. But is it for you?
Kelly Pappas, mom of two in San Diego, has only a few memories from her first birth three years ago. She knows she labored alongside her loving husband in the hospital and that it was a peaceful experience overall. But … Continue reading →
Get the scoop on how midwives and doulas can support you through pregnancy, delivery and beyond.
Over nine wild months of body changes and emotional highs and lows, expectant mamas don’t often feel in control of their pregnancies. But when it comes time to deliver, more and more women are taking back the reins and not … Continue reading →
Facing an unplanned C-section can be emotionally difficult, but new moms can take comfort in remembering there’s still plenty to celebrate.
For the nine or so months between positive pregnancy test and due date, expectant moms have a lot of time to think and prepare. By the time delivery rolls around, many moms have their birth plan scripted down to the … Continue reading →
Actively involve your partner in your birth plan from day one, and you’ll have a winning lineup come game time.
Although Brian Weisner took prenatal classes with his wife, Sarah, before she went into labor last spring, he still felt nervous walking into the hospital to meet their son, Ethan. He tried to stay calm, but as a first-time parent, … Continue reading →
The changes your body makes in preparation for labor, delivery and impending motherhood are nothing short of astounding.
To the uninitiated—heck, even to those who have done it before—the actual labor and delivery part of pregnancy seems downright impossible. (I have to fit what through where?) But as unmanageable as it seems, your body is designed to do … Continue reading →