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 →
Expectant parents looking for “biological insurance” should consider storing their newborn’s cord blood. Here’s why ...
Back in the fall of 2006, Tami and Matt Byrd of Rochester Hills, Michigan, were busy growing their family and frantically adjusting to their schedule as parents of two rambunctious boys. It was an eventful but exciting time for the … Continue reading →
Taking the official hospital maternity tour can give you peace of mind when it comes time to deliver.
You may have visited your local hospital in the past—to see a relative, attend a scheduled appointment, or take a prenatal class—so you might already be familiar with the facility. But imagine how chaotic it would feel if you were … Continue reading →
Experts weigh in on whether food during labor is safe.
Historically, women have eaten during their labors to maintain strength through contractions and often difficult deliveries. A widely women-attended and supported event, childbirth often included a laboring mother, her midwife, and female members of the community who gathered together during … Continue reading →
Prior C-section mamas, listen up: We’ve rounded up answers to the most commonly asked questions about VBACs. (What’s a VBAC you ask? As it turns out, that’s the first thing we answer—keep reading!) What is a VBAC? VBAC stands for … Continue reading →