It wasn't until my third and final birth that I was able to successfully use natural coping techniques to deal with the discomfort and intensity of contractions. The difference, thanks to hindsight, was better preparation during pregnancy and a strong motivation to do things differently after two
Results from a large study -- the ARRIVE Trial -- released this week and showed that people in the study who were induced at 39 weeks instead of waiting until labor begins on its own had a lower chance of having a c-section. Results of this study are significant because it has been long believed
Did you read last week about the woman in San Antonio, TX, who gave birth in a Chick-Fil-A bathroom on her way to the hospital? Mom, dad, and baby (who will get free food for life) are all doing great after their thrilling adventure, and of course, their story went viral.
After reading through the
If you haven't yet come across this term, let me first start by defining it. "Obstetric violence" is the physical, sexual, and/or verbal abuse, bullying, coercion, humiliation, and/or assault that occurs to laboring and birthing people by medical staff, including nurses, doctors, and midwives. In
People who are in labor, from early labor up to the point of pushing, often instinctively find ways to cope with contractions as a way to reduce pain. This is true for those who do not use pain medication as well as for those who do. In labor, a person's natural coping techniques may start to