POSTS WITH TAG: labor & delivery

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    Just as many of us unflinchingly identify with one side of the political aisle or the other, the decision to give birth at home or at a hospital is not even a question to many moms-to-be who wouldn't even think of opting for one or the other. Still, there are some who are on the fence, and a new analysis that appears online in The American Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology may be used to influence these undecided pregnant women.

    An analysis of data collected from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention from 2006 to 2009 on almost 14 million births, including 130K non-hospital deliveries, concluded that giving birth in a hospital is "considerably safer" than having a baby at home or in a birthing center.

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    There's no shame in admitting you would rather slice off your arm than deliver a baby without the help of heavy drugs. When I gave birth to my first child, there was no doubt in my mind that I would get an epidural -- if it's good enough for more than 50 percent of women who give birth in hospitals, I thought, it's good enough for me. And it did deliver what it promised: my contractions were so painless, I had to be told when to push.

    But the epi also made my body a bit of a wreck after birth -- a shaky, feverish, low blood-pressured wreck. How do I know it was the epidural, you ask? Oh, because when I delivered my son a few days ago -- and I had every intention of getting drugs -- I was denied an epi because I had dilated too quickly. My recovery was amazingly quick and I felt great right away -- but this happy discovery didn't make labor any less frightening. Here are 21 thoughts you just might have if, like me, you discover -- surprise! -- they'll be no drugs for you, missy.

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    Claire Diaz-Ortiz must really love her job leading social innovation at Twitter. So much so that she decided to live-tweet her labor on Saturday, April 5. As soon as she started to wonder if her water broke and all the way up until the birth of her baby girl, Lucia, Claire posted updates with the hashtag "#inlabor."

    If your initial reaction to this is, "What in the world was she thinking?!" you're not alone. Investing energy in just about anything outside of the momentous, stressful, exhilarating, emotional, and physically grueling process of labor seems, well, completely crazy. But as Claire discovered, there's a surprising upshot to engaging in social media while giving birth.

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    If you are considering having a water birth, then you'll want to pay special attention to new joint guidelines that were just released by the American Academy of Pediatrics and the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Doctors are warning expectant moms that giving birth in water could be dangerous for your baby.

    The report states that as long as moms-to-be are having a normal pregnancy, it's perfectly safe for them to spend the beginning phase of labor in the tub to help with pain and stress management.

    However, delivering babies in the water is not beneficial to the health of moms or infants -- and can even be fatal.

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    There are plenty of funny coincidences in this world, but this one just might take the cake as the most unlikely ever. Siblings who share a birthday gave birth on the same day -- and they also found out they were pregnant on the exact same day too!

    Lydia Crispin and Dawn Bamber are stepsisters and best friends -- and they had both confided in each other that they were thinking of trying for a baby. Then on June 18, Lydia got a positive pregnancy test result, so she immediately called Dawn to tell her the happy news.

    And what happened next is nothing short of amazing.

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    All kinds of things can happen when you're delivering a baby. We know that women hear crazy things when they're in labor. But what about the hospital staff? We got a couple of labor nurses to tell their wildest delivery stories. You may be shocked by what they shared, but you'll definitely gain some appreciation for what L&D nurses go through to help us bring our children into the world.

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    It is a big week for pregnant women in America. A BIG week. A court in one of the nation's biggest states (by population anyway) has ruled that moms can now ban dad from the delivery room!

    Got that? No matter what he says; if you don't want him in there watching you push his baby into the world, he doesn't get in.

    Greatest court ruling ever? Not so fast.

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    One of the biggest things that holds us back from so many things in life is fear. And fear during pregnancy, specifically during labor, can create a whole host of issues. But for pregnant moms, fear is a huge part of birth -- it's an unknown and experiencing something for the first time often comes with fear. Even if it's a second or third birth -- each time it's new. To ease that fear we educate ourselves, talk to other mothers, try to figure out ways not to be scared of childbirth. Another thing we should all do is read stories of mothers having accidental home births.

    Moms are able to turn off fear in these scenarios because birth becomes what has to be done without any doctors and nurses swarming around checking vitals every few minutes. This mom's accidental home birth should serve as inspiration to us all. 

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    There's nothing quite like being eight or nine months pregnant and feeling as if your body has been taken over by extraterrestrial forces. Muscles in your hips that you never knew you had ache, you can barely walk a block without wanting to die of exhaustion, and society is still forcing you to get dressed in the morning -- when you'd really love nothing more than to rock a snuggly robe everywhere you go.

    Most sane people know better than to mess with you when you're in the third trimester. They're usually supremely nice and accommodating and you may even find they can help restore your faith in humanity. That's the good news.

    The bad news is that you will almost certainly hear at least one insane, ridiculous comment or question uttered from the mouth of someone so clueless you can't help but wonder how he or she made it this far in life. Resist the urge to bump him/her with your belly and smile on. Here are 10 of the craziest comments/questions we've heard from real women.

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    If it seems like more and more women are opting for home births lately ... well, that's because they are. It's not like droves of women are doing it, but since 2004, there's been a small but steady increase in "out-of-hospital" births. In 2011, it was 1.26 percent of births; in 2012, it was 1.36 percent. It's not exactly mainstream yet, but it's on its way. I suspect that with every positive experience a woman has with her home birth and birthing centers, there's at least one friend who becomes a little more curious about trying it at home herself.

    But here's the bigger picture. I think this trend could affect even women who wouldn't dream of giving birth any place but a hospital. In fact, it's already changing how women have babies, regardless of where.

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