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    With up to 20 percent of babies born in the US being delivered by C-section today, more and more expectant couples are considering how they might handle mom having to go under the knife to deliver their little one. The fact of the matter is that while the surgical procedure is more routine than ever (for better or worse) and perfectly safe, cesarean sections come with different downstream effects than vaginal births.

    For instance, dads or partners whose babies are delivered by C-sections will have responsibilities that those whose kids arrive via vaginal delivery don't. 

    Here, 8 things a dad may need to do if his partner has a C-section.

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    While C-sections are meant to be done only when there's a major medical reason for skipping a vaginal delivery, up to 20 percent of babies born in the US are delivered by cesarean section these days. As a result, many moms -- both those who knew they'd be going under the knife ahead of time, and those who had it happen unexpectedly -- are left wondering how the involved surgical procedure will affect their baby.

    It is true that babies delivered by C-section will have a different experience than those delivered vaginally. "Babies born by C-section are usually healthy," assures Siobhan Dolan, MD, MPH, medical advisor to March of Dimes, and author of Healthy Mom, Healthy Baby. "But they can have some side-effects."  

    Here, 7 things a C-section baby might have to deal with.

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    The idea of having a calm, relaxing experience during childbirth remains to be one met with a lot of skepticism. But one technique promises and has delivered exactly that. Birthing with hypnosis, or the trademarked program HypnoBirthing (also referred to as The Mongan Method), is a technique that aims to help women use deep relaxation, breathing, and self-hypnosis to experience birth in way that's very different from the panicky, painful process we've been told is the only way to go. But it's not.

    "Painful childbirth is primarily a western culture phenomenon," explains clinical hypnotherapist Colin Christopher. "Cultures in South Africa deliver their babies quickly and easily with minimal pain. The difference is in how western culture is raised to believe through media and through education in the medical community that pain is inevitable. The perception that there will be pain results in pain, and this perception can and has to be retrained."

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    Every mom-to-be hopes that her pregnancy, labor, and delivery will go smoothly, if not picture perfectly. And who could blame her for just wanting everything to be okay the whole way through until she can welcome her little one into the world? But of course, we all encounter our own personal challenges, "screw-ups," and setbacks along the way. 

    Lauren Lawton, now mom to 7-month-old twin girls Mackenzie and Anna, knows that well. Not long after she found out she was pregnant, she was told that the girls shared a placenta. One twin was getting too much blood, while the other was getting too little. As if that wasn't worrisome enough, Lawton found out 24 weeks into her pregnancy that she had an infection in her tooth, which meant she had to give birth pre-term to her daughters, who at the time weighed just over a pound. But believe it or not, there was a silver lining ...

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    From the moment your baby enters the world, a mom wants to make sure she's doing everything she can to bolster her baby's wellness and promote bonding. Although we tend to think of nurses whisking the baby right away to a radiant warmer for observation, cleaning, and quick testing, there are beneficial steps that can come first, as long as mom and baby are doing well.

    Here, the 8 things moms should be prepared to do immediately after birth ...

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    A heartwrenching, gut-churning story out of Ocala, Florida involves a woman who gave birth to a premature baby in a motel bathroom after binging on crack cocaine. Thirty-seven-year-old Chrystal A. Hassell, who was seven or eight months along, reportedly cut the newborn's umbilical cord with her teeth after she went into labor. She later called 911 upon seeing that her baby had turned blue.

    Hassell is now in jail, on suicide watch. Thankfully, the infant is hanging on, albeit in critical condition at UF Health Shands Hospital in Gainesville.

    What on earth are we, let alone law enforcement, to make of this? Perhaps that what happened here is as tragic as it is horrific.

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    Two of my friends recently gave birth and both returned home from the hospital sharing similar, unbelievable stories: their babies had been kicked out of the hospital nursery for bad behavior. One of my friends had given birth naturally with no complications, and the other had had a difficult labor, followed by an emergency C-section. Recovery and need for sleep, be damned -- their babies were acting fussy and nurses returned them to mom in the middle of the night. 

    What's the big deal, you may be asking yourself. You're the one who actually had the baby. He or she is your baby -- so why shouldn't your baby be your responsibility? And you're right, of course. But while moms used to be able to count on enjoying a sliver of rest time right after giving birth, it seems fewer hospitals are treating use of the nursery as the norm. And, as a mom who relied on it after my first birth, I'm NOT looking forward to the peer pressure of rooming in my second time around.

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    Whoa ... this one will really make your head spin! There are probably plenty of twins who wind up being born with different birthdays depending on how closely they're delivered -- but would you believe two sets of twins were born in two different years earlier this week?!?

    Yep. In Washington, D.C., Yaleni Santos Tohalino gave birth to a baby girl at 11:58 p.m. on December 31, 2013. And then she welcomed a baby boy at 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2014.

    And a bit farther north of Yaleni in Toronto, another mom, Lindsay Salgueiro, delivered a set of twin girls -- one at 11:52 p.m. on the 31st and the other slightly after 12:00 p.m. on the 1st.

    Crazy ... right?

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    From awe-inspiring photos of a baby born in an amniotic sac or unretouched moms' bodies to blood-boiling news about a mom being thrown out of a water park for being too "full-figured" to controversy-spawning breastfeeding tales galore, 2013 was a year busting at the seams with stories that made our hearts pound, melt, and just about everything in between! With only a matter of days to go before we ring in 2014, we thought this past unforgettable year called for a round-up and review.

    More from The Stir: 25 Most Exciting Celebrity Babies Born in 2013

    Here, The Stir's 15 most-read parenting posts of the year ...

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    Celeb stylist and designer Rachel Zoe welcomed her second child on Sunday with husband, Rodger Berman, and super adorable son, Skyler. Mom is said to be doing great, and although she didn't confirm her pregnancy until pretty much one minute before she gave birth since she didn't have to -- the woman was so tiny! -- Zoe's second babe was surprisingly big for a woman her size. How'd she hide her bump all along?!

    Zoe revealed the baby's gender and weight in a sweet tweet:

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