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From epidurals to episiotomies, birth procedures encompass more than deciding if you should deliver naturally or have a c-section.

  1. Labor and Birth Terms to Know

    As you prepare for your pregnancy its important to be informed. Find out more about the key labor and birth terms you need to know. Labor and Birth Terms to Know: Abruptio Placenta (Placental Abruption): The placenta has started to... more...
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  1. Natural Childbirth Techniques
      There are a number of different natural childbirth techniques that can...
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  2. Braxton Hicks Contractions
    You might have heard this funny phrase before you were pregnant, but...
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  3. False Labor
    As the time of delivery approaches, you might notice that Braxton Hicks...
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  4. Inducing Labor
    What does it mean to "induce labor?" Inducing labor is the artificial...
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  5. Relaxation Techniques to Help Contractions
    As your pregnancy progresses and labor seems to be around the corner,...
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  6. Signs of Labor
    Signs and Symptoms of Labor Probably every woman who shares her labor...
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  7. Back Labor
    Labor and giving birth are some of the most physically demanding events...
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  8. Prodromal Labor
    Prodromal labor is often called "false labor," and is somewhere in between...
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  9. First Stage of Labor
    The first stage of labor is the longest and involves three phases:...
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  10. Second Stage of Labor
    The second stage of labor is when your baby moves through the...
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  11. Third Stage of Labor
    The third stage of labor is when your uterus continues to contract...
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  12. Patterned Breathing During Labor
    Patterned Breathing During Labor: Techniques and Benefits Patterned breathing refers to the...
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  13. Narcotics For Pain During Childbirth
    Many women end up relying on some narcotics for pain relief during...
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  14. What is an Epidural?
    Epidural anesthesia is the most popular method of pain relief during labor. Women...
    Posted on: 09/26/2020
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  15. Spinal Block
    Facts About the Spinal Block Procedure A spinal block is a spinal...
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  16. General Anesthesia
      General Anesthesia During Labor Being informed about general anesthesia will help...
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  17. Nitrous Oxide During Labor
      As your due date approaches, you will want to become familiar...
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  18. Local Anesthesia
      Using Local Anesthesia During Labor Local anesthesia is injected into a...
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  19. Pudendal Block
    The pudendal block gets its name because a local anesthetic, such as...
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  20. Baby Crowning
    During delivery, your baby's head will begin to show through your vaginal opening...
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  21. Delayed Cord Clamping
    What Is Delayed Cord Clamping? Delayed cord clamping is the prolongation of...
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  22. Effacement
    The closer you get to the end of your pregnancy, the more...
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  23. Assisted Delivery
    What is an assisted delivery? Near the end of the pushing stage,...
    Posted on: 04/25/2012
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  24. Episiotomy Procedures – Advantages & Complications
    What is an episiotomy? An episiotomy procedure is a surgical incision used...
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  25. Breech Births
    Most babies will move into delivery position a few weeks prior to...
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  26. Retained Placenta
    Many women don't realize that the birth of the baby doesn't complete...
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  27. Reasons for a Cesarean Birth
    Health care providers have many reasons for recommending a cesarean birth. Some...
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  28. How to Avoid a Cesarean Birth
    Nearly 32 percent of women deliver via cesarean birth, during which a...
    Posted on: 02/25/2019
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  29. Umbilical Cord Prolapse and Compression
    What is Umbilical Cord Prolapse? Sometimes, before or during labor, the umbilical...
    Posted on: 08/18/2017
  30. Placenta Previa
    Placenta Previa is a condition where the placenta lies low in the...
    Posted on: 04/26/2017
  31. Cutting the Umbilical Cord
    Throughout your pregnancy, the umbilical cord has functioned as the connection between...
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  32. Umbilical Cord Milking: Benefits For Preterm Newborns
    Umbilical cord milking has been gaining recognition in the medical community in...
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  33. Baby Circumcision
    When you learned that you were having a boy, you probably started...
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  34. Water Births
    Water birth is the process of giving birth in a tub of...
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  35. Labor and Delivery Classes (VIDEO)
    Labor and delivery classes are key to a fearless birth experience. In...
    Posted on: 10/10/2017
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  36. Giving Birth Without Fear (VIDEO)
    When many Americans think about giving birth, the main thing they think...
    Posted on: 02/01/2018
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  37. 7 Reasons Why a Doula Can Make Your Birth Easier
    How a Doula Makes Your Birth Easier Doulas increase your chances of...
    Posted on: 03/22/2017
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