popular topics in labor and delivery

  • The ultimate guide to deciding if HypnoBirthing is right for you
    Labor and Delivery
    The Ultimate Guide to HypnoBirthing
    Giving birth can be a stressful experience, even if you feel well-prepared. Luckily, there are techniques which you can research in advance that can benefit you when the big moment arrives. Enter HypnoBirthing. More: What Are The Differences Be...
    Jacqueline Weiss
  • newborn baby with jaundice
    After Delivery
    Jaundice in Newborns
    The most common difficulty in newborns is jaundice (yellow-looking skin), and in most cases it will disappear in two weeks or less without any special treatment. For most full-term babies, jaundice should not last longer than one week. What Cause...
  • pregnant woman waking husband for hospital
    Signs and Stages of Labor
    Pregnancy: When to Go to the Hospital
    Pregnancy: When to Go to the Hospital Fake Contractions (Braxton Hicks) Most women will experience "fake" contractions sometime in their pregnancy – not all women, but most. Fake contractions, more commonly known as Braxton Hicks contractions, a...
  • Doulas Midwives and Doctors
    Labor and Delivery
    What's the Difference Between Doulas, Midwives and Doctors?
    You have to make so many decisions when pregnant, from deciding what to do about work, to selecting a doctor, to, of course, choosing a baby name. One decision every expectant mommy makes, whether they’re having Baby 1 or Baby 5, is who they w...
    Rachel Sokol
  • Medication Options for Labor Pain
    Labor and Delivery
    5 Medications for Labor Pain Relief
    Natural childbirth is not for everyone. You could have an exceptionally long labor, or a low threshold for pain. Both are perfectly valid reasons for wanting some pain relief. You're not going to win any good-mommy awards and your child is not g...
  • Labor and Delivery
    9 Natural Labor Pain Relief Techniques
    Giving birth is a natural process, but what's called natural childbirth is the experience of labor and delivery without the use of any medication or anesthesia. Instead, you rely on natural methods of pain relief, like breathing and visualization...
  • Pregnancy
    Signs and Stages of Labor
    Signs of Labor
    As labor approaches, your body starts to prepare itself for the task ahead and you may notice various physical symptoms and signs that labor is about to start. Not every woman experiences labor in the same way, and certain signs can occur either ...
  • Overdue Baby
    Ask an OB-GYN: What Do You Do If You're Overdue?
    You're past your due date and your really uncomfortable. What can you do? Dr. Chloe Zera of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston talks about the steps your doctor may take if you're overdue. ...
  • Labor and Delivery
    Ask an OB-GYN: Pre-Term Labor with Multiples
    If you're pregnant with multiples, preterm labor is a real risk. Dr. Chloe Zera of Brigham and Women's Hospital in Boston discusses the risks, when to go to the hospital, and how your doctor will handle your labor. ...
  • best birthing playlist
    Pregnant Life
    How to Create the Best Birthing Playlist for Every Kind of Mom
    If you're expecting soon, you've probably done all you can to prepare for the birth. Take classes. Check! Pack hospital bag. Check! Prepare freezer meals. Check! But have you made a birthing playlist to play while you're in labor? A recent study ...
    Rebecca Desfosse
  • Failure to Progress in Labor
    Failure to Progress
    Failure to Progress in Labor
    If your cervix is not dilating, or your baby is not descending, as quickly as expected during the first stage, your doctor will try to assess why this is and if something can be done. Usually, your doctor will assess the three P's: The passenger...
  • How Contractions Feel
    Labor and Delivery
    What Do Labor Contractions Really Feel Like?
    Most women do feel contractions during labor, and they try to explain it to friends, family, husbands, and partners the best they can, but we want the details of what they really feel like especially first time moms! Here, we’ll cover what a co...
    Laura Richards
  • Parenting Tools Printables
    Countdown to Baby To-Do List
    As your due date approaches, it's time to get all your ducks in a row! Use this checklist to organize the must-do tasks in the exciting final weeks of your third trimester of pregnancy. (This hospital packing list is also helpful.) ...
  • How to Bring On Labor
    10 Ideas to Naturally Bring on Labor
    Overdue moms will try just about anything to get things moving along. While there is no sure-fire way to induce labor the natural way, these tips and tricks are thought to help the body start the labor process. It doesn't hurt to try, right? ...
    Lindsay Hutton
  • Stages of Labor
    Signs and Stages of Labor
    How Labor Progresses
    Since every woman's experience of labor is different, it's hard to say exactly what your experience will be like. However, the stages of labor are common for all women. The first stage, when labor becomes established, starts when contractions sta...
  • pregnancy decisions, pregnant woman in hospital bed
    Birth Plan
    11 Important Decisions to Make During Pregnancy
    Decisions, decisions! Once the exciting news of your pregnancy sets in, it's time to sit down and consider some important questions about everything from your birth plan to your baby's name. Take a step-by-step look at some of the decisions facin...
    Erin Dower
  • Woman in labor kneeling
    Second Stage - Delivering the Baby
    Positions for the Second Stage of Labor
    The second stage begins when your cervix is fully dilated, your baby has moved deep into the pelvis, and you are ready to push. During the tiring second stage of labor, aid the effectiveness of your pushing with body positions such as kneeling, u...
  • Woman laboring on floor
    First Stage of Labor
    Positions for the First Stage of Labor
    Being active during the first stage of labor is thought to help labor progress. If you're well prepared and practice different postures and positions for labor during pregnancy, you will instinctively be able to use these during childbirth. Also ...