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California Mom Delivers 14-Pound Baby

The last thing you want to hear someone say while they're delivering your baby, staring down at your exposed uterus is, "Oh my God!" But that's exactly what a nurse said when Richard Sault, Jr. arrived in the world. The reason for her exclamation?...

Mom Gets Christmas Surprise - A Baby

Every now and then you hear the story: A women, usually a teen or college student, gives birth after having "no idea" that she's been pregnant for the past nine months. Most of the time, it's assumed that having "no idea" is a euphemism for "was t...

Woman Sues Doctor After Painful Childbirth

There are no two ways about it: giving birth is painful. But what if your doctor seems to be doing everything in his power to make it even more so? As crazy as that sounds, that is exactly what former Chicago police officer Catherine Skol says the do...

When labor strikes - What you REALLY need at the hospital

For first-time parents, the thought of bringing another life into the world--and being responsible for it--is daunting enough. Add to that all the advice, the stuff people tell you that you need and the endless lists of such things and becoming a p...

Childbirth couture - Stylish or silly?

I think we can all agree that hospital gowns are horrible. They're shapeless, come in terrible colors, and open in the back, forcing you to either wear two gowns or a bathrobe to keep your backside to yourself. During labor and delivery, I felt like ...

Traumatic birth may put moms at risk for PTSD

Childbirth is no walk in the park, that's for sure. But for a majority of women, the experience is a positive one. We made need a little time to let the memory of painful contractions fade or for stitches to heal, but the rewards definitely outweigh ...

HPV found in breastmilk

Well, if HPV, which is linked to cervical cancer, wasn't scary enough, now there is new evidence it can be detected in breastmilk and possibly passed on to a nursing infant. HPV-16, full name Human papillomavirus type 16, can be traced back to a wom...

Woman gives birth in NY subway station

One of the things you sign away when you get pregnant is the right to modesty. That baby is coming out, and if she comes out the traditional way, people are going to be spending a good chunk of time focusing their attention on parts of your body that...

Doctors unhappy about Ricki Lake's home birth movie

Actress and talk show host Ricki Lake recently released a documentary about home birth, titled The Business of Being Born. The film's website sums up the project this way: "Birth is a miracle, a rite of passage, a natural part of life. But birth is a...

Labor, delivery, and a bikini wax

Women going through childbirth might as well check their modesty at the door. Depending on how you handle your own labor experience, any number of medical professionals, friends, and family members may be privy to parts of your body that you yourself...

You want fries with that baby?

When I worked at McDonald's, I brought home what seemed like a huge amount of money, for a teenager. Sometimes, I would bring home dinner too. One girl, working at a McDonald's in Vancouver, Washington, brought home a bit more than that. She brought ...

Police officer delivers Christmas baby

I cannot imagine how terrified this woman must have been to find herself lying on a sidewalk about to deliver a baby in the pre-dawn hours of Christmas morning. But there she was, along with her hapless husband, about to give birth on the ground in f...

Doc does double duty

Apparently, it was two-for-one day at Gundersen Lutheran Medical Center in La Crosse, Wisconsin. Doctor Kenneth Merkitch delivered not one, not two, not even three, but four -- that's right, folks, count 'em, four! -- sets of twins during one shift r...

Woman's 9th baby born in SUV 'cause dad needed coffee

Maybe after eight births, the whole thing starts to feel a little routine. I guess that's why David Harrah figured he had time for a quick cup of coffee before driving his wife (and the couple's eight children) to the hospital. But boy, was he wrong...

Second Time Around: I'm bringing VBAC -- yeah!

(I keep singing that to myself to the tune of Justin Timberhottie's "sexyback" as a means of encouragement.) A while ago I wrote about my being on the fence when it came to this birth. I wasn't sure if I should schedule the c-section the doctor was s...

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