labor 

Ticketed for Speeding on the way to the Delivery Room

We live three blocks from the hospital where I gave birth the second time. THREE BLOCKS. But when I was in labor, it seemed like three miles ... and also like it took three hours for my husband to find a parking place. It's hard to imagine, then,...

Do Infertitlity Treatments Increase the Risk of Birth Defects?

According to a study released Monday, the answer is a firm yes. In the first study done to date on the link between infertility treatments and birth defects, it was found that children resulting from such treatments were two to four times more...

How hard is it to get an epidural?

The debate as to whether or not epidurals are a good idea is one that has and will wage for ages. And that's not what I'm here to discuss. For the sake of argument, let's say you've decided to get an epidural. Let's also say you've established...

Ah, pregnancy dreams

Some folks claim they don't dream at all, others that they do every night, and quite vividly. Some of us lurk somewhere in the middle, but become very avid dreamers when we're pregnant. Weird pregnancy dreams are nothing new to the mother-to-be...

Top food "mistakes" parents make

Getting your child to eat healthfully can be harder than a 48-hour labor. Much of the time, where picky eaters come from is unknown, although it seems able to start at an early age and set in for the duration of childhood if we're not careful. For...

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...

When is it Braxton Hicks, when is it pre-term labor?

Many women experience pangs and twinges during their pregnancies. All of them experience the phenomenon known as Braxton Hicks contractions, whether or not they ever feel them. With my first pregnancy I never felt a one, so it was much of a...

Inducing for childcare?

With my first pregnancy, everything was done by the book. My OBGYNs were staunchly against inducing until a full two weeks after my due date. They were also against scheduling a C-section barring there was no medical reason to do so. In other...

Infections linked to premature births

According to a recent report, infections may be the cause of many premature births. Studies showed the more serious the infection, the more likely the premature birth and the sicker the infant. Studies also reported finding bacteria or (yick!) fungi...

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...

Nicole Kidman arranges delivery room music

Nicole Kidman is counting down to the birth of her baby, and she's getting herself ready. Among other things in her hospital bag is a special CD Kidman has created to play in the delivery room. What's on it? A variety of pieces by Irish flautist...

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...

Mom gives birth during 14-hour flight

Jacel Brown was only seven months pregnant and had been cleared by her doctor to travel with her husband. So imagine her surprise -- and I imagine her terror -- when she went into premature labor and delivered her son during a 14-hour flight from the...

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...

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