What do you mean I need an emergency C-section? No, no, no. That’s not possible. My pregnancy was normal. My mother had four normal pregnancies and deliveries. What’s happening? I was so excited as I awaited the birth of my … Continue reading →
With baby on board, you're almost ready to jet off into motherhood. But you're bound to have a much smoother flight through labor and delivery with a bit of preparation before you hit the skies.
As a first-timer on this life-changing voyage, there’s likely to be a lot you don’t know. But the good news is most of the folks around you—from your prenatal care provider to the labor and delivery nurses—have done this time … Continue reading →
Everything your friends haven’t told you about birthing a baby.
If this is your first pregnancy rodeo, you’ve probably already discovered a few of the undisclosed aspects of growing a baby. After all, few people voluntarily strike up a conversation about the stray hairs cropping up on their chins or … Continue reading →
Enroll in a childbirth class to prep your mind and body for the big day.
Women have been giving birth since the beginning of humanity. Nothing could be more natural, so the process should be completely intuitive … right? Not exactly. Today’s birthing procedures can be more complicated than those of yore, and while modern advancements … Continue reading →
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 for … Continue reading →
From APGAR to vernix and everything in between, learn the words you’ll need to know come birth day in our handy delivery dictionary.
Fontanelle, episiotomy, meconium—oh my! With all that jargon spinning around in your head, you may feel like you’re back in grade school staring down a vocabulary quiz. And that’s not a distraction you need when you’re trying get a tiny … Continue reading →
You already know women’s bodies are amazing, but for further proof, read on to discover exactly how your body intuitively prepares for childbirth.
Counting down the months, weeks and then days until your due date is super exciting. But let’s be honest: It can also be scary. It’s natural to wonder what labor will be like and question if you have what it … Continue reading →
From the labor starting line to the race to the hospital, here’s everything you need to know about when to go.
With your due date just days away, it can be tempting to make a mad dash for the delivery room the moment you feel contractions kick in, but—as ready as you are to meet your babe—knowing when to head to … 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 →
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 →