Early labor, which is also known as the first phase of stage 1 of labor, is the time from the very beginning of labor (when contractions begin to follow a pattern) up until 6cm of dilation, or "active labor." How do you know it's early labor? Typical signs of early labor include:
During the average pregnancy, you'll visit your care provider's practice about 15 times or more. Apart from the expected routine care, you'll have approximately 15 opportunities to ask questions, learn about your prenatal health, and get to know your care provider(s). Whether you go to your
A new study out of the Cognitive and Affective Neuroscience Lab at CU Boulder shows that the pain of labor and birth can be reduced simply by a partner holding hands with the laboring person. Researchers studied 22 heterosexual, long-term couples using simulated labor pain scenarios and found that w
I am five months and some change into being a parent and I have to say... it's not as hard as I expected. I don't believe in "good babies" because no baby is bad, but I can say that Mae is easy; she's happy and easygoing, a decent sleeper, has a great personality, and seems to get cuter every day.
In honor of the upcoming Father's Day, this week at Giving Birth with Confidence, we're celebrating dads by providing a few quick reference guides for all things birth and beyond. It's common for dads to get lost -- and feel lost -- in the shuffle of pregnancy, birth, and early parenting. As the non