Fetal Distress

Fetal Distress: Diagnosis, Conditions & Treatment Historically, the term fetal distress has been used to describe when the fetus does not receive adequate amounts of oxygen…

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Cutting the Umbilical Cord

Throughout your pregnancy, the umbilical cord has functioned as the connection between your baby and the placenta. It has brought important nutrients and blood to…

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Rapid Labor

With each pregnancy, labor and birth can be quite different. Some women follow the typical course of labor, others may experience delays in labor or…

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Nitrous Oxide During Labor

As your due date approaches, you will want to become familiar with the natural and medical intervention options for pain relief. One option for pain…

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Crowning

During pushing and delivery, your baby’s head will begin to show through your vaginal opening with each contraction. When your baby’s head remains visible without slipping back…

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Back Labor

Labor and giving birth are among the most physically demanding things that a woman will ever experience. Many woman try to prepare for the experience by working…

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Inducing Labor

Inducing labor is the artificial start of the birth process through medical interventions or other methods. Induction not done for medical reasons or as an…

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Effacement

The closer you get to the end of your pregnancy, the more you will hear about “being effaced,” “effacing,” or “effacement.” What is effacement? Effacement is…

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Stages of Childbirth: Stage I

Experiencing the birth of your child is a special and unique experience. No two deliveries are identical and there is no way to predict how your delivery…

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Care for the Premature Baby

Babies born before the 37th week of gestation are considered premature and are sometimes referred to as “preemies”. Mothers whose babies are born prematurely are…

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Premature Birth Complications

Babies born before the 37th week of gestation are considered premature.  Premature newborns are sometimes referred to as “preemies”.  Mothers who have their baby prematurely…

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General Anesthesia

Being informed about general anesthesia will help prevent mothers from being caught by surprise in the unlikely event that it might be necessary. General anesthesia…

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Spinal Block

A spinal block is sometimes called a “spinal.” In this procedure, a narcotic or anesthetic such as fetanyl, bupivacaine or lidocaine is injected below the…

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Pudendal Block

The pudendal block gets its name because a local anesthetic such as, lidocaine or chloroprocaine, is injected into the pudendal canal where the pudendal nerve…

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Local Anesthesia

Local anesthesia is injected into a specific area to provide pain relief. Local anesthesia is given through various medications and dosages in the form of…

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Epidural Anesthesia

Epidural anesthesia is the most popular method of pain relief during labor. More women request an epidural by name than any other method of pain relief. More…

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Circumcision

When you learned that you were having a boy you probably started thinking about circumcision. The decision to have your son circumcised can be difficult…

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Signs of Labor

Probably every woman who shares her labor experience tells a different story. Your delivery will be just as unique. However, the following information will prepare…

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False Labor

As the time of delivery approaches, you might notice that Braxton Hicks contractions become more frequent and intense. It is very common for women to…

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Mucus Plug: Bloody Show

Throughout pregnancy, a mucus plug blocks the opening of the cervix to prevent bacteria from entering the uterus. Before labor, this mucus plug is expelled…

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Premature Labor

Pregnancy is normally a time of happiness and anticipation, but it can also be a time of uncertainty. Many women have concerns about what is happening with…

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Episiotomy

An episiotomy is a surgical incision used to enlarge the vaginal opening to help deliver a baby. What are some circumstances that would require an…

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Breech Births

Most babies will move into delivery position a few weeks prior to birth with the head moving closer to the birth canal. When this fails…

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Cesarean Birth After Care

The days following the birth of your baby, the postpartum period, can be one of the most challenging times for mothers and families. This period…

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Trying to Avoid a Cesarean

There has been a gradual increase in cesarean births over the past 30 years. In November of 2005, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported…

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Risks of a Cesarean Procedure

A cesarean birth occurs through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus rather than through the vagina. There has been a gradual increase in…

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Cesarean Procedure

Cesarean birth happens through an incision in the abdominal wall and uterus rather than through the vagina. There has been a gradual increase in cesarean…

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Birth Center

Today, women have more options than ever to find and select a suitable birth process. Options include increasing numbers of hospitals, obstetricians, and midwives that…

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Water Birth

Water Birth: The Benefits and Risks Water birth is the process of giving birth in a tub of warm water. Some women choose to labor…

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Home Birth

For centuries giving birth at home was the norm. By the 1900’s increasing numbers of women started having their babies at hospitals. As our understanding…

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Assisted Delivery

Near the end of the pushing stage, it might become apparent that mother and baby need a little extra help in the delivery. After ensuring…

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Kegel Exercises

Kegel exercises, also called pelvic floor exercises, help strengthen the muscles that support the uterus, bladder, and bowels.  Kegel exercises also help strengthen vaginal muscles….

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Creating Your Birth Plan

The birth of your baby should be one of the most memorable, life-changing and joyful experiences of your life. You will want to spend time…

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Labor & Birth Terms to Know

Abruptio Placenta (Placental Abruption): The placenta has started to separate from the uterine wall before the baby is born.  Amniotic Fluid: This protective liquid, consisting…

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Cord Blood Banking

Cord blood is the blood that remains in the umbilical cord and placenta following birth. It is blood that is usually discarded. Cord blood banking…

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Midwives

The term midwife reflects a philosophy of care–one that is directed toward women and their individual reproductive needs. A midwife usually offers a variety of…

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Newborn Testing

Now that you have had your baby and the delivery was a success there is still one more thing to do before your baby heads…

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Childbirth Education Classes

For most pregnant women, even if you already have a child, the labor and birth process can be both overwhelming and joyful. Many women and their partners…

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