Labor is a good lesson in rolling with the punches. Unless you have a scheduled induction, there’s no way to know when it’s going to happen or how long it’s going to last. A full-term baby might arrive anytime between … Continue reading →
Banking your child’s cord blood could be the smartest thing you’ll ever do.
A slew of thoughts ran through my mind when I found out I was expecting my first little bundle. Is it a boy or a girl? What color should I paint the nursery? Will he or she look like me? … Continue reading →
What you need to know about bringing an early bird into the world.
The road to delivery is paved with a slew of questions and concerns. For the parents of babies born prematurely (before 37 weeks of gestation), the lack of knowledge about what’s happen-ing can be a source of anxiety and extreme … Continue reading →
Your step-by-step guide to getting mentally fit for the big day.
Whether you’re a seasoned athlete or a gymaphobe, labor and delivery will probably be one ofyourgreatest physical feats. While exercise duringyourpregnancy can keep you in fighting shape, you’ll need more than muscle when you’re weathering contractions at one minute apart. … Continue reading →
What to expect when the journey to mommyhood veers into surgical territory.
If the birth story of your little one’s arrival includes a pit stop at the operating room, you’re not alone. These days, a reported 30 percent of moms have cesarean deliveries. And while it’s important to understand that having a … Continue reading →
Your baby's transition from the womb to the world.
A lot happens in the moment a baby is born. Not only for you, but also for the new tiny human being you’ve delivered. There are people who claim they can remember their own birth, right down to the first … Continue reading →
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 →