Category: Labor & Birth

Episiotomy Cut – Make an Informed Choice During Delivery

During your pregnancy, you’ve probably come across the term episiotomy. Or you’re clueless about what an episiotomy is. Let’s face it; you don’t want to even think of having your vagina cut. Unfortunately, it’s something you need to know about before you go into labor. An episiotomy isn’t something you can plan for. So you may be wondering why you need to learn about an episiotomy in pregnancy. The reason is informed consent. An episiotomy is a medical procedure that often has to be performed in emergency situations or at the height of labor. Both of these are situations...

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Labor and Delivery Survival Tips from 12 Pregnancy Pros

Having a baby is both scary and exciting, especially labor and delivery. Like most pregnant moms you’re hoping for a smooth and pain-free birth to welcome the arrival your little one. However now you’ve heard tales of three-day labors, see a video of a baby crowning and read about episiotomies your anxiety is beginning to skyrocket. How will it feel? When will it happen? Will you cope with the pain? This fear of the unknown can leave you paralyzed and out of control. Whether you are planning on a natural birth or having a planned cesarean, it’s normal to...

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Cord Blood Banking Prep in Pregnancy

I think you’ll agree that during pregnancy you’ll get a bit of information overload. The subject of cord blood banking has put your brain into overdrive. You’re considering it, but is it worth it? It’s a subject which has a lot of info for you to have a good think about. A proper informed choice of all your options is the best way for you to make a decision. This easy to follow guide is for you to explore all the options to help you pick the best route for your family. There is a lot to get through,...

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How to Prevent Pooping During Birth

Pooping during birth is high on the list of things that petrify pregnant moms about giving birth. So if you’re reading this article it’s definitely playing on your mind. The thing is, nobody wants to talk about it. As a labor and delivery nurse, it’s one of the first concerns women will mention to me in early labor. It’s a physical action that sums up your lack of control during birth. Or at least the fear of it. As an activity we normally do in private, it can be petrifying to think you’ll do it in front of an...

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7 Natural Ways To Speed Up Labor And Delivery

Looking for natural ways to speed up labor? Unlike most labors you see on TV or in movies, they can take a long time. The average first labor lasts between 12-18 hours. After your first baby, your labors are normally quicker.  A long labor can lead to both you and baby becoming exhausted and needing medical help for delivery. The official term for speeding up is ‘augmentation’, and usually involves iv drips or medical instruments. However, you can avoid all that. Pin For Later You want to aim for somewhere between so quick that you’re delivering in the seat...

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