Picture this: you're in active labor (after six centimeters dilation) and working hard, but managing fine. Your water has not yet broken. You've been in labor for fairly long time
For some things in life, it makes sense to go fast, like when you're in a race and the ultimate goal is how quickly you make it to the finish line.
The same theory is not best applied to having a baby. And yet, in hospitals across the United States, and increasingly in countries worldwide, there
The 3rd edition of the Lamaze book, Giving Birth with Confidence, has everything you need to help support and inform you throughout pregnancy, birth, breastfeeding, and postpartum (check out our full review here!). Since the book's re-release earlier this year, we've been sharing little snapshots of
Rounding out our series on the top 10 fears about childbirth, we're talking today about number 10: episiotomy. As with each of the fears we've addressed, this too is a hot topic that's always addressed in a good childbirth class. (You can view the whole list and links to the first 9 articles here.)
For many who are in labor and giving birth in a hospital, an IV with hydrating fluids is part of the routine package. If your pregnancy and birth is low risk and you are not receiving other interventions like an epidural or pitocin, however, IV fluids may be unnecessary and in fact, cause more harm