Insider tips from the professionals who have been around the birthing block.
We asked an OB/GYN, a labor and delivery nurse, two doulas and a midwife to reflect on their years attending births and offer up some of their best advice on the labor process. Listen up! The panel of professionals: Dawn … Continue reading →
Prepare for your hospital stay with delivery day essentials.
Can a well-stocked bag of supplies make your labor and delivery experience pain-free? It’s unlikely. However, having everything you might want or need at your fingertips will help you feel more in control and make your stay—and yes, maybe even … Continue reading →
How some women are bringing the joys of baby-making into the delivery room.
When most people think about childbirth, words that come to mind may include miraculous, intense and even painful. A word that rarely makes the list, however, is orgasmic. But some women claim that the labor experience can be just that. … Continue reading →
It’s time to pen that plan! Get the lowdown on crafting this important document for your labor day.
Prebaby to-do lists can be mighty long. There are doctor visits to remember, prenatal vitamins to take, names to consider, gear to purchase, maternity leave to negotiate—oh, and one more tiny thing: There’s a birth plan to write. When I … Continue reading →
The facts surrounding your baby’s estimated time of arrival.
Ah, the due date. Most moms-to-be look longingly toward the designated day, circling it in red on the calendar and counting down the weeks until baby’s big debut. Oddly enough, however, very few babies are actually born on their due … Continue reading →
Congratulations, you’re pregnant! For the next nine months, you’ll no doubt have a lot on your mind —including childbirth. Will it hurt? How badly? How can it be made easier and less painful? Although the answers to these questions will … Continue reading →
Because you never know when you’ll be racing to the hospital, it’s a good idea to have your bag packed and close at hand. Here's what you should have at the ready.
For mom: Before Hospital gown, if you choose to wear your own Lip balm Hair ties Massage oil Tennis balls in a clean sock for applying pressure Birthing ball Socks Music and downtime entertainment, if desired After Hospital or nursing … Continue reading →
As the delivery director and star of the show, you get to call the shots on your supporting cast and video venue. Here are some things to consider before you roll film.
Casting call Obstetrician or perinatologist. These highly trained specialists are the most common picks for prenatal care. If your pregnancy is considered high risk in any way, you will probably need to see one of these niche docs. (A personal … Continue reading →
Before the birth, plan. Here’s everything you need to consider to make the best agenda for your big day.
From the first positive pregnancy test, many moms-to-be fret over labor. Writing a birth plan can help relieve your anxiety, and—like Kegels! —it’s a valuable pre-delivery exercise. A birth plan is not actually a plan, per se, but a short … Continue reading →
Even for the most perfectly poised mama-to-be, all bets are off during labor and delivery. Real moms share their shame so you can shrug it off.
I just love watching women go into labor in old movies. Serene, smiling and with not a hair out of place, these women calmly prepare themselves for the trip to the hospital with the air of a woman heading out … Continue reading →