Category: Labor and Birth

Labor and Birth

C-Sections: Giving Birth by Cesarean Section

The time of labor and delivery of a new baby is often stressful, both in anticipation for the mother and during the event for both parents.  More times than not the event is uncomplicated and the baby enters the world into the open arms of their parents. However, there are …
Labor and Birth

Pain Relief During Labor and Delivery

Labor and delivery of the new little addition to the household involves hard physical work, pain and discomfort.  Woman today have options for pain relief during labor and delivery. These options include medications, natural relaxations methods, hydrotherapy, acupuncture and hypnobirthing. This is the part of a pregnancy that most women …
Labor and Birth

Apgar score

Right after a new baby is born they are given the first test of their life, which is commonly known as the Apgar score. This test provides medical professionals with a quick way to evaluate the physical condition of a newborn. The results will alert them to any emergency care …
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What is Hypnobirthing?

Childbirth hypnosis, also known as hypnobirthing, is a process of pain control used during the birth process which has a low risk profile because it doesn’t use drugs or external methods but rather the power of the mind to control pain in the body. Centuries ago Asian doctors learned and …
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Birthing Center vs Hospital

Today women have choices that weren’t available even 10 years ago.  Just 100 years ago most (95%) of all births happened at home.  That trend slowly moved toward birthing in hospitals.  However in the 1970’s women found that the conditions, although safe, were sterile and uninviting. Hospital environments were set …
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Alternative Birthing Methods

A birthing method can be considered to be alternative if it differs from what’s the normal standard birthing method: A woman in labor goes to the hospital, where the hospital staff take her in as a normal patient, monitor her birth, and the doctor handles the delivery. Alternative birthing methods …
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Pregnancy Hospital Bag Checklist

Preparing for labor isn’t only child birth classes or deciding between natural child birth delivery or using an epidural. It is also preparing a hospital bag with the necessities for a comfortable stay in the hospital or birthing center. This preparation will decrease your stress and make the whole process …
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The 3 Stages of Childbirth Explained

Labor and delivery are often spoken of as a continuous process from the time the water breaks until the baby is born.  There are however stages of childbirth that are separate and distinct.  Each has it’s own characteristics during which the body goes through specific changes to prepare for the …
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The Benefits of Having a Birth Plan

It’s impossible to plan every minute detail of your birth. Any body process as complex as birth is going to have some unpredictable moments – but that’s just where a birth plan can help. It is possible that some things can go wrong during labor, even things you don’t plan …
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What Is Cord Blood Banking And Other FAQ’s

What are the benefits of cord blood banking, and what exactly is cord blood banking? During pregnancy, your child’s umbilical cord is its only way to survive.  The umbilical cord contains blood that’s rich in stem cells and an exact match with your newborn. If you keep your baby’s stem …