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Assisted Birth

Pros and Cons of Assisted Birth

The procedure

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 complications are rare.

As with all medical interventions, the use of forceps or a vacuum extractor will only be offered when it is thought to be necessary for the health of the baby and/or mother.

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Updated: March 22, 2022

The Ultimate Guide to Postpartum Care (From Underwear to Hair Loss)

Postpartum Guide

There is a lot of support for mothers and birthing parents during the prenatal period, but postpartum care looks a bit different. Upon leaving the hospital following childbirth, you will be armed with supplies like maxi pads, diapers, and witch hazel wipes but may be feeling a little uncertain, overwhelmed, and uncomfortable as you embark on the next journey — the fourth trimester.

Birth Trauma

Healing from a Difficult Delivery

Birth Trauma

Someone may try to tell you that a negative birth experience won't affect you after it's over. The sad fact is that you can have such a horrible birth experience that it leads to post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), or birth trauma. Signs that you may be experiencing birth trauma include depression, difficulty sleeping, nightmares, and anxiety that last longer than a month.

3 Common Urinary and Vaginal Pregnancy Problems

woman drinking water to help urinary tract infection during pregnancy

While pregnancy brings many wonderful experiences it also, unfortunately, brings some negative ones too. Some of the most unfortunate possible side-effects of being pregnant are an increased risk for urinary tract infections, painful urination, yeast infections, and stress incontinence.

To help you navigate and understand the symptoms and risk factors related to these health problems, we’ve gathered information from healthcare professionals and put it all together in one go-to place for your reference.

Birth Control While Breastfeeding

Birth Control While Breastfeeding

Many women who relied on oral contraceptives before starting a family feel at a loss when it comes time to think about birth control again. We believe that oral and injectable hormonal contraceptives should absolutely not be used by nursing mothers. The estrogens contained in oral contraceptives can dramatically diminish the quality and quantity of a mother's milk. We recommend against other hormonal forms of contraception as well.

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Cesarean Sections

Risks and Types of C-Sections

Types of cesereans

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 of all babies in the US are now delivered by cesarean, an all-time high.

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Updated: February 12, 2020

The Benefits of Delayed Cord Clamping After Birth

baby after delayed cord clamping

Pregnancy can be one of the most exciting times in a woman’s life, and preparing for the actual labor and delivery can practically feel like a full-time job. There are so many choices to consider. Natural or medicated delivery? Midwife or doctor? Birthing center or hospital? The list goes on and on. One particular birthing decision that has become a fairly popular one in recent years concerns whether or not to delay cord clamping after birth.

More: The Role of the Umbilical Cord

Updated: March 11, 2022

Ectopic Pregnancy: Risks, Symptoms, and Treatment

Ectopic Pregnancy

It is a terrifying moment when you find yourself in pain when you are pregnant. While rare, two percent of all pregnancies are ectopic, and when left untreated, they can be life-threatening. Thankfully, when addressed in a timely manner, you will not only recover, but you can also go on to have a healthy pregnancy in the future.

For those concerned that they may have a tubal ectopic pregnancy, we go over the signs and symptoms of this condition and what to expect if treatment is required.

Breastfeeding: The Hospital Experience

Breastfeeding: The Hospital Experience

After months of preparation and anticipation, your baby has finally arrived. Exhausted and exhilarated, you are ready to begin your breastfeeding experience: your pregnancy has culminated in this special moment. After nourishing your baby in the uterus, your body is prepared to continue to provide all your baby's nutritional needs outside the womb.

After Baby Is Born: Post-Delivery Details

Caring for Your Body After Giving Birth

After Baby Is Born: Post-Delivery Details

During your hospital stay you probably are not going to feel like going dancing. You've just gone through some pretty heavy work (there's a reason they call it labor) and there is a strong possibility that you will have stitches from an episiotomy, an incision made to widen the vaginal opening.

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Choosing Where to Deliver Your Baby

Planning Where to Have Your Baby

Choosing Where to Deliver Your Baby

Where would you like to deliver your baby? You have several options to choose from, and each one has pros and cons that need to be considered. Talk with your partner and health-care provider about your options. If you're not sure which is best for you, take a careful look at each choice. Ask for a tour, get to know what is offered at each site, and then make your choice. Possible sites include your own home, a hospital, or a birth center.

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I Have a Beautiful Baby. Why Do I Feel So Terrible?

The Need for Pregnancy Recovery

I Have a Beautiful Baby. Why Do I Feel So Terrible?

A friend of ours says that when she was about six months along in her pregnancy, it seemed as if every woman in her life who had ever been pregnant – from her mother to her friends, cousins, and coworkers – began recounting their worst horror stories about pregnancy. However, when her water broke and she went into labor, it began to dawn on her that no amount of shared experience could ever prepare her for what is one of the most intense, intimate rites of passage in a woman's life: the initiation into motherhood.

Using Supplemental Hormones While Breastfeeding

Using Supplemental Hormones While Breastfeeding

Previously, we recommended the use of natural progesterone cream for women with postpartum depression. Women with depression that has held on for years after giving birth seem to benefit most, but it is safe for you to use even while nursing. In physiological doses, progesterone very rarely affects milk flow, and if it does, the flow returns to normal within a day or two of discontinuing it.

Sex and Relationships

Staying Intimate During Pregnancy

In a low-risk pregnancy, sex is perfectly safe, although your levels of desire may fluctuate throughout pregnancy. Most women report that their interest in sex is the same or slightly reduced in the first trimester. In the second trimester, it varies from woman to woman, and in the third trimester libido often falls.

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