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Inducing Labor

Sometimes, due to health or other concerns, labor must be induced, or artificially started. Labor inducement can be a long process and induced labor is slightly different than “regular” labor. Labor can be induced using a variety of methods. Check with your provider to determine which method they prefer to use. Some practitioners prefer to […]

Birth Plans: Why and How to Create One

Birth plans have become the next “big thing” for pregnant women who decide that they want to maintain some control in the labor and delivery of their unborn child, as well as in the post-partum care both she and her baby receive in the hospital. Some people do not know how to create a birth […]

Birth Plan Creator

 (For a printable version click here) Date: I _______________________________ am creating this birth plan prior to my labor in order to make my wishes clear to my doctor/midwife, and the nurses at the hospital where I am delivering. These are the items I consider important in the birth of my unborn baby and I would […]

Before Labor Begins

by Amy B. Tuteur, MD Ask Dr. Amy.comHas the baby dropped yet? Friends and complete strangers are asking the same question. What are they talking about? How will you know? By the end of pregnancy, the baby is likely to take a position that will be favorable for the coming journey. Over 95% of all […]

What Childbirth Classes Don’t Teach

by Armin Brott Dear Mr. Dad. I’m taking a childbirth class with my wife but it really seems geared toward the perfect birth. I know they can’t cover every single unexpected thing that could happen, but how can we prepare for contingencies? Armin answers: As important as childbirth education classes are, there are a few […]

Childbirth Classes

by Armin Brott Dear MrDad: Every expectant couple I know is taking a Lamaze classes. Is that really necessary? Armin answers: One of the advantages of taking a childbirth preparation class is that it’ll give you and your wife the opportunity to ask questions about the pregnancy in a more relaxed setting than her doctor’s […]

What Is the APGAR Score?

When your baby is born he will be given an APGAR score at both one minute and five minutes after birth. Many new parents don’t know what the APGAR is or what exactly it is for. They are just given a number by their doctor or midwife and are supposed to know what it means. […]

Meconium

All babies have meconium and will dispense of it through bowel movements at some point, hopefully after they are born. Meconium is the first bowel movements from a newborn that includes cells, mucus, bile, amniotic fluid and lanugo that is stored in the baby’s intestines while in utero. It is dark green, almost black in […]

Lanugo

Babies who are born premature, or even slightly early may have a thin white hair covering their body and face. This hair is called lanugo, and normally falls off before or shortly after delivery of full term babies. Lanugo is the name for the hair that grows on the body that is lacking fat, in […]

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