Birthing Naturally Information for a healthy pregnancy and to prepare for a natural birth.
Labor and Birth Resources Here are the basics of labor. What can you expect, how to tell if this is the real thing, timing contractions and more!
Labor & Birth : American Pregnancy Association The American Pregnancy Association is a national health organization committed to promoting reproductive and pregnancy wellness through education, research, advocacy, and community awareness.
Episiotomy: A Cultural View During labor, when the baby's head is exposed to a diameter of 3 to 4 centimeters, the attending physician will pick up a pair of sterile scissors and snip the stretching skin of the perineum downward toward the anus (median episiotomy) or downward and sideways (mediolateral episiotomy) to enlarge the vaginal opening and make it easier for the head to emerge.
Episiotomy - Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities Routine or prophylactic episiotomy (as opposed to episiotomy for specific indication such as fetal distress) is the quintessential example of an obstetrical procedure that persists despite a total lack of evidence for it and a considerable body of evidence against it.
Episiotomy: Obstetric Myths Versus Research Realities Routine or prophylactic episiotomy (as opposed to episiotomy for specific indication such as fetal distress) is the quintessential example of an obstetrical procedure that persists despite a total lack of evidence for it and a considerable body of evidence against it.
False Labor If Braxton Hicks contractions are irregular and subside when you change activity, they're referred to as false labor. False labor may feel just like the real thing; the only difference is that the contractions start to taper off and then disappear altogether.
Fetal Monitoring - FAQ's In this FAQ I hope to show you the different types of monitoring, the benefits and disadvantages of each type of monitoring, and how to use monitoring to help you achieve a safe, and happy birth.
How to Support a Laboring Woman FAQ This Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ) article is composed of facts from medical journals, studies, childbirth books, other childbirth resources, and from personal opinion.
How to Tell When Labor Begins When labor is approaching your body undergoes certain changes and provides you with signals to let you know if this is the moment you've been waiting for over these past months. In order to discern the differences between these signs and phases we encourage you to read on.
Induction of labor Induction of labour is carried out when it is felt that your baby is better off out of you than inside, i.e. something is making its residence in your womb risky - be it for you or the baby.
Induction of Labor To induce labor generally means that labor needs to be started for a variety of reasons. It may be that the mother has a medical condition such as diabetes, PIH, or that the baby is having problems (Examples might be IUGR or oligohydramnios, etc.). Or sometimes it is done for the convenience of the practitioner or the patient.
Labor and Delivery Congratulations! The moment you've both waited for but may be fearful of is here! The 12 or so hours of labor may be a breeze or hit you like a hurricane, be a joyful event or make you downright miserable. The term labor is precise and indicates hard work. But one thing is clear: You'll never forget it. Here's what you can expect.
Pain in Labor - A Feminist Issue Pain in labour is universal: it hurts to give birth. Since this is such a common experience it could be seen as comforting, a bond among women, a fundamental truth that confirms our special biological role and affirms the importance of our contribution to society. More often, however, it is seen as a blight, an unnecessary imposition, an affliction we must bear as the price for bearing children.
Pain relief for labour This page will give you information about pain that you may experience during labour and childbirth and the various methods on offer to help reduce it.
Pain Relief Without a Needle or a Price Tag A woman's environment, body, and mind all contribute to her perception of pain and decisions about medication in childbirth. You can use this list to expand your options in several ways.
Pitocin FAQ Pitocin is another very controversial topic in childbearing today. Oxytocin is a natural hormone produced by a woman's body (There are several ways that this is done, that we will discuss later.) that cause uterine contractions. Pitocin is the synthetic form of oxytocin.
Preterm Labor Common Drugs to Stop Labor Preterm Labor Guide Preterm Labor: A Crash Course Pregnancy From the Shadows Finger Feeding a Preemie Preterm Delivery, Preeclampsia and Abnormal Uterine Bleeding