Once a C-section, always a C-section, right? Not necessarily. Just because your first baby was born in an OR doesn’t mean your next one has to be.
Three years ago, while expecting my first child, I read every pregnancy book I could get my hands on to prepare myself (as much as one can) for a smooth delivery. When I went into labor one day after my … Continue reading →
Delivering your baby will be one of the most excruciating and wonderful occasions of your life. Your medical staff will become your dearest friends (at least for the day), and you’re bound to become closer to whomever you’ve invited to … Continue reading →
Everything your friends aren't telling 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 →
If you’ll be delivering baby in a hospital, there will likely be some rules and regulations by which you’ll have to abide. There might be a limit to the number of guests you can have in your room, a cap … Continue reading →
This meditation-based approach to childbirth and parenting doesn't deny pain, but it does help you acknowledge and manage it.
Walking outside on a warm spring day, my insides constricted and pain radiated across my lower back. I closed my eyes and focused on the humid air as it made its way through my nostrils to the walls of my … Continue reading →
A handy D-day primer from a veteran father clues papas-to-be in on what to avoid at all costs—and what to do instead—during the main event.
As the dad of two beautiful girls, I write for the men who are embarking on this adventure for the first time. An expectant father may not be the star of the show when it comes to pushing a baby … Continue reading →
Everything you’ll need in your hospital bag (and what you definitely won’t).
There are plenty of lists (even lists of lists—yes, we’re looking at you, Pinterest) that aim to run down every possible item you might want to have with you in the delivery room. But what’s really worth hauling to the … Continue reading →
From APGAR to vernix and everything in between, find 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 →
Labor doesn’t always play out the way you think it will. Sometimes, it turns out much better.
It was the best of times. It was the worst of times. It was the delivery room. Approaching my first delivery, I tried to maintain as much control as possible. I scheduled an elective induction two weeks before my due … 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 … Continue reading →