Deciding where to have your baby is one of the most important decisions you’ll be faced with. Your experience of labor directly affects how you feel in the first few weeks with your new baby. Fortunately, when it comes to choosing where to give birth, you have several options.
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Every pregnant woman will experience contractions at some point in her pregnancy. Some might have contractions earlier on; others may not feel these uterine contractions until closer to labor. If you’re freaked out about preterm labor, you might be worried that your contractions mean that your baby is coming early. For this reason, it’s a good idea for you to learn the difference between Braxton Hicks contractions vs. true labor contractions.
What are Braxton Hicks Contractions
Braxton Hicks contractions, also called false labor pains, are intermittent uterine contractions that are getting your body ready for delivery. Most medical experts argue that Braxton Hicks are your body’s way of toning the uterus up and preparing it for labor and delivery. They argue that without these practice contractions, your body won’t be in the right shape to give birth.
So it’s getting close to the big day – how exciting for you! Labor and delivery can be a scary and nerve-wracking experience, or it can be a wonderful occasion. It’s just in how you look at it.
You may have heard labor stories of first labors, but try not to worry or be stressed out. (Fear and anxiety actually prolong labor.) Focus on the little bundle of joy that you’ll be holding in your arms at the end of it all.
Here are a few tips to help you have an easier, more positive childbirth experience. [Read more…] about Labor and Delivery: Helpful Advice and Tips for an Easier Childbirth
The moment of birth is a glorious occasion, albeit a bit bloody. Many parents like to capture this special moment on videotape. Some like snapping photos of the hospital room – mom lying in the hospital bed, all huge and exhausted, and dad by her side. Whether it’s photographs or videos of the “big day,” virtually all parents want a record of their baby’s arrival in the world. Is this a right or a privilege?
A recent New York Times article about cameras in the delivery room, and the rules against them has stirred a lot of controversy and talk in the parenting community.
Some parents might argue it’s their right to take pictures and video during birth, but more hospitals are limiting cameras and video cameras during delivery. For the hospitals involved, it’s not about the “rights” of the parents, but rather about the health and safety of the mom and baby, and of course, protecting the privacy of the medical staff. Not all doctors and nurses want the world to see them on YouTube or Facebook. [Read more…] about Cameras Banned in the Delivery Room – Which Side are You on?