During labor and birth in a hospital, many women experience what is known as "continuous electronic fetal monitoring" (EFM). During this medical practice, two elastic belts are placed around the laboring woman's belly. One belt holds in place a monitor that measures the frequency and duration of mom
The holidays are upon us. If you are due on or near a major holiday, you will be more likely to face the decision of whether or not to get induced to go into labor.
Epidural anesthesia delivers a combination of anesthetic (numbing) and narcotic medication into the epidural space outside of your spinal cord.
Adapted from The Official Lamaze Guide: Giving Birth with Confidence.Letting your body go into labor spontaneously is almost always the best way to know that your baby is ready to be born and that your body is ready for labor.
Labor is unpredictable. We have no way of knowing in advance when labor will begin, how long it will last, or how it will feel.