popular topics in delivery

  • Pregnancy
    Assisted Birth
    Possible Complications of an Assisted Birth
    In the majority of cases, both the mother and baby are perfectly well after an assisted birth, but occasionally complications are encountered.Problems during the deliveryA condition known as shoulder dystocia, in which the baby's shoulders become...
  • Risks and Types of C-Sections
    Cesarean Sections
    A cesarean section is the delivery of your baby by means of a cut in the abdomen. A cesarean rate of around 10-15 percent is thought to be reasonable, although in most Western countries the rate has risen beyond 20 percent and around 30 percent o...
  • ultrasound of human embryo at 8 weeks and 6 days
    Week 9 of Pregnancy
    You are 8 Weeks and 6 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis 3D ultrasound scan shows a baby lying on its back, in exactly the same orientation as the image opposite. It is just possible to pick out the limb buds on an ultrasound scan taken at this stage. ...
  • What to Expect in the First 12 Hours After You Deliver
    Meeting Your Baby and Recovering: The First 12 Hours
    Of course your experiences will depend on your labor and birth and local procedures, but here is what usually occurs in your first 12 hours after birth.1-2 hoursAs long as he is well, your baby can be placed in your arms, and you can cuddle him a...
  • Pregnancy
    Breech Delivery
    Breech Baby
    Breech labors and births are usually more difficult, so if your baby is still in a breech position in late pregnancy, you may be offered a procedure to turn your baby.Turning your babyThe procedure to turn your baby, external cephalic version (EC...
  • Pregnancy
    Third Stage - Delivering the Placenta
    The Third Stage of Labor: After Your Baby is Born
    The third stageThis is from the birth of your baby until the delivery of the membranes (the amniotic bag that surrounded your baby) and placenta. The placenta can be actively managed with the help of drugs or delivered without drugs, known as pas...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 39 weeks and 5 days
    Week 40 of Pregnancy
    You are 39 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis great image of the hands even shows the fine folds that have formed in the palms. Every baby has a unique pattern of folds on the palms and on the soles of the feet that you'll see when your baby finally arrives. ...
  • Pregnancy
    Apgar Score
    What Is the Apgar Score?
    At 1, 5, and 10 minutes, your baby's breathing, pulse, movements, skin color, and responses are assessed. In South Asian and black babies, the color of the mouth, palms of the hands, and soles of the feet are checked. Each is given a score betwee...
  • Water Birth Experience
    Water Births
    Birth Story: Water Birth
    Becky is a 22-year old woman in her first pregnancy. She'd had no problems and at her 36 week appointment, she discussed her birth plan and told her doctor that she wanted a water birth at the local birth center.Becky's birth story: By the time I...
  • What to Expect in the Second Stage of Labor
    Second Stage - Delivering the Baby
    The Second Stage of Labor: Delivering Your Baby
    As you enter the second stage of labor, you will probably experience an overwhelming desire to bear down. Once your doctor has established that you are fully dilated and are ready to start pushing, you may start to feel more in control of your la...
  • MRI scan of human fetus at 35 weeks and 1 day
    Week 36 of Pregnancy
    You are 35 Weeks and 2 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayThis MRI scan shows detail of the baby's brain. MRI is particularly good at showing structures within the central nervous system. Taking and interpreting these images remains difficult and time consuming, however, so they are not p...
  • Emergency Childbirth Situation
    Shoulder Dystocia
    Shoulder Dystocia
    Shoulder dystocia is an emergency situation during a delivery that occurs when the baby's head has been successfully delivered, but the shoulders appear to be stuck. Since the head may be delivered fairly easily, the problem is often not discover...
  • Pregnancy
    Sudden Birth
    How to Handle Sudden Birth
    Although uncommon, labor and birth can occur unexpectedly fast, resulting in an unplanned home birth or a birth on the way to the hospital. Sudden birth is more likely to happen in second and subsequent labors or if you've had a previous sudden b...
  • Effects of General Anesthesia on You and Your Baby
    General Anesthesia
    Anesthesia for Pain Relief
    This type of regional anesthesia involves injecting a local anesthetic into the vagina where the pudendal nerves are located to reduce pain in the vagina and perineum. The pudendal needle is quite long and thick, so before the injection is given,...
  • ultrasound of human fetus at 34 weeks and 3 days
    Week 35 of Pregnancy
    You are 34 Weeks and 3 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayYour baby will often stick his tongue out, as part of the development of the reflexes needed to feed. The rooting reflex enables your baby to find the nipple, then the strong suckling reflexes take over to coordinate breathing, fee...
  • Pregnant woman leaning forward on couch
    Natural and Home Births
    Birth Story: A Natural Home Birth
      Jenna is a 31-year-old mom and this is her second labor. She had a straightforward birth with her daughter, now three. This pregnancy was uneventful, so she decided to have a home birth this time. Jenna's story: When I was eight days overd...
  • Cord Blood Banking
    Cord Blood Banking
    Stem Cell Collection
    The collection of stem cells, which are found in the umbilical cord, is a relatively new private service. Stem cells develop into many different types of cell in the body and can be used to treat diseases such as leukemia by replacing diseased ce...
  • ultrasound of human fetus 40 weeks exactly
    Week 40 of Pregnancy
    You are 40 Weeks Exactly Pregnant
    Your baby todayIt's been wonderful to see your baby's progress and facial features as each day of the pregnancy has passed by. 2D and 3D ultrasound images, as well as MRI, have all played a part in giving us a glimpse into the fascinating and com...