popular topics in labor and delivery

  • Risks and Types of C-Sections
    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...
  • What to Expect in the First 12 Hours After You Deliver
    Recovery
    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...
  • 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...
  • Pros and Cons of Assisted Birth
    Assisted Birth
    Assisted Birth
    An assisted birth is a birth in which either forceps or a vacuum suction cup (also called a vacuum or ventouse extractor) are used to aid a vaginal delivery. There may be some mild side effects such as bruising after an assisted birth, but major ...
  • Ways of Inducing Labor
    Induction of Labor
    Induction of Labor
    An induction may be offered if it's felt that continuing the pregnancy poses a risk to your health or to the health of your baby. The most common reason for an induction is the continuation of a pregnancy beyond 41 or 42 weeks, in which case the ...
  • 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...
  • overdue pregnant woman
    Labor and Delivery
    What to Do When You're Overdue
    You're 41 long weeks into your pregnancy, and your baby has still not made his or her arrival into the world yet. You're tired, bloated and so ready for this baby to come out, so what's the hold up? Why haven't you gone into labor yet? While ...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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. ...
  • Pregnancy
    Monitoring During Labor
    Should You Have Electronic Fetal Monitoring?
    External fetal monitoringThe baby's heartbeat and the strength and frequency of your contractions are measured by devices strapped to your abdomen with wires that connect to a machine that produces a printout of the readings and an ongoing digita...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • baby size at 38 weeks pregnant 5 days
    Week 39 of Pregnancy
    You are 38 Weeks and 5 Days Pregnant
    Your baby todayIn many ways you will be the best judge of the likely size of your baby, especially if you can compare it with a previous pregnancy. An ultrasound scan can estimate the weight, but as with all other measurements at this time it has...
  • Episiotomy and Complicated Births
    Episiotomy
    Episiotomies and Perineal Tears
    An episiotomy is a cut made between your vagina and anus to aid the delivery. Around 30 years ago, episiotomies were routine since it was assumed that a cut prevented worse tears. This has been shown since not to be the case, and today, an episio...
  • Fetal Monitoring During Labor
    Monitoring During Labor
    Monitoring During Labor
    Your baby's heart rate is an indication of how well your baby is dealing with labor and it is monitored at regular intervals, called intermittent monitoring. If a problem is found or you have a high-risk pregnancy, then you may be advised to have...
  • Homebirth Delivery Plans with Your Midwife
    Laboring At Home
    Laboring at Home
    If you're having a home birth, your midwife will have talked to you in advance about how to contact her once you're in labor. Since she will be traveling to you, bear in mind local traffic conditions. If the streets might be busy, it's worth phon...