The U.S. has a long-standing reputation for simultaneously placing mothers on a pedestal like saints while also ignoring them when it comes to policies that govern everyday life. For many women, this disparity starts right from the beginning of their pregnancy journey, as they face a range of challenges that can make the experience of … Read more about 9 Things That Need to Change for Women Giving Birth in The U.S.
The cervix is a small but mighty part of a woman’s reproductive system, playing a critical role in pregnancy and childbirth. During pregnancy, the cervix undergoes significant changes to prepare for the delivery of the baby. In this article, we’ll explore the anatomy and function of the cervix, the changes it undergoes during pregnancy, and … Read more about From Softening to Dilation: The Fascinating Changes of the Cervix During Pregnancy
Although Miss Manners never got around to writing about childbirth, there still are a few rules for polite delivery room behavior. Once upon a time, before the first birth plan was drafted or parents learned their unborn children’s gender, laboring women were attended by nurses and delivered by doctors while nervous dads paced the hospital’s halls. The rooms were … Read more about Delivery Room Etiquette
If you’re dreading the onset of labor, your best bet is to be prepared. Try these great tips and tricks for making labor easier. As long as your doctor says it’s OK, anything goes when it comes to making mom comfortable. The life-changing news of your pregnancy may have you bouncing off the walls with … Read more about Secrets to a Comfortable Labor and Delivery
During pregnancy you have a lot to talk about, from how you’ll manage delivery room visitors to what characteristics you hope to find in a pediatrician. Don’t neglect these important conversations you’ll need to have before the baby arrives. You might have the layette planned, the diaper bag already packed, and your car seat installed in anticipation of your new … Read more about 10 Talks You’ll Want to Have before Baby Arrives
Witnessing the miracle of birth can be an amazing and joyous occasion, and being invited to share in that experience should be considered a privilege. For a mom-to-be, choosing who attends her labor and delivery is a very personal and important decision. There was a time when a man was not expected or even allowed … Read more about Who’s in Your Delivery Room?
Wondering what you can expect from childbirth? Take a look at our breakdown of what happens and when during labor and delivery. Stage One: Early Labor (Phase 1/Stage 1) What to Expect: Stage one is a huge part of your labor and delivery. This first stage is when everything happens but the birth of your baby. During … Read more about Understanding the Phases of Labor
Childbirth isn’t easy, and many women don’t realize there are several options when it comes to birthing positions. Find out what position might work best for you. Think back to the last time you saw a birth scene on TV or in a movie. How was the woman positioned? Chances are, whether the woman was … Read more about Don’t Take Childbirth Lying Down—New Labor Positions You May Want to Try
Looking for a noninvasive birthing tool? Consider hypnosis to decrease anxiety and pain during childbirth. Learn from a licensed hypnotherapist how this increasingly accepted practice can help minimize pain during natural childbirth. For some women, childbirth is a very fearful event, but it needn’t be. As a natural childbirth and hypnosis instructor, I’ve seen how … Read more about No More Pain: Hypnosis for Childbirth
While all childbirth classes aim to educate participants, their philosophies vary considerably. Familiarizing yourself with available options can help you pinpoint the class that’s right for you. The only thing more overwhelming than naming your baby and finding the perfect stroller is choosing a childbirth education course. While all classes aim to educate participants about … Read more about How to Choose a Childbirth Education Class