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 →
Labor and delivery rumors, prepare to be debunked!
When you’re wearing a baby belly, you tend to attract delivery room horror stories and cryptic warnings from oh-so-helpful strangers. What is reliable, and what’s really bull? We’ve stared down some of society’s most stringent delivery room myths. The myth: … Continue reading →
Study up before the aches of labor take over, and you’ll be well prepared to handle the hurt come D-day.
They don’t call it “labor” for nothing! The moments leading up to delivery require hard, painful work. Labor is tricky to predict or even describe because every woman’s birth experience is unique. And while it’s impossible to truly understand how … 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 →