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Labor & Delivery

Terms and conditions
Terms and conditions

Fontanelle, episiotomy, meconium—oh my! With all that jargon spinning around in your head, you may feel like you’re back in grade school staring down a vocabulary quiz. And that’s not a distraction you need when you’re trying get a tiny human out of your body. Read up on the most common technical terminology, so you’ll […]

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Poised for delivery
Poised for delivery

Counting down the months, weeks and then days until your due date is super exciting. But let’s be honest: It can also be scary. It’s natural to wonder what labor will be like and question if you have what it takes to push your baby out. Good news! Your body was designed for this, and […]

Getaway plan
Getaway plan

With your due date just days away, it can be tempting to make a mad dash for the delivery room the moment you feel contractions kick in, but—as ready as you are to meet your babe—knowing when to head to the hospital can save you a lot of frustration. According to Nannette Jenkins, CNM, RN, […]

Gentle C-section
Gentle C-section

Dressed in a thin paper gown, you nervously look up at your partner, who squeezes your hand as your doula leads you through calming breaths. Your playlist switches over to a Katy Perry song and you think, Yes—bring it. I am a firework. Next thing you know, you see your sweet, scrunched-up baby emerging and […]

Delivery room MVP
Delivery room MVP

When I arrived at the hospital to deliver my first baby, I had no idea what I was walking into. I had not attended any birth-related classes, and I’d never watched an episode of TLC’s “A Baby Story” because I was afraid of what I might see. Truly, I was mentally unprepared for delivery. Luckily, […]

Tour guide
Tour guide

(Above: A labor and delivery room at Northside Hospital Forsyth in Cumming, Georgia.) You might have visited your local hospital in the past—to see a relative, attend a scheduled appointment or take a prenatal class—so you may already be familiar with the facility. But imagine how chaotic it would feel if you were in labor […]

Bosom buddies
Bosom buddies

When I was expecting my first child in 2007, I attended a crash course in breastfeeding at the local hospital where I planned to deliver. I heard all about how important it was to breastfeed, how the practice would benefit my baby in so many ways. Paradoxically, the hospital also had a sign-up sheet, so […]

Pushing through
Pushing through

A quick look down at your burgeoning belly makes it all too obvious that your body is undergoing some pretty remarkable transformations in preparation for baby’s debut. Although the bump is the most obvious change, what’s going on inside—and out of sight—is perhaps even more stunning. And it all culminates in the final frontier of […]

Alternate route
Alternate route

Adrienne Camhi, a mom of one in Evanston, Illinois, planned to deliver her daughter Neva naturally. She hoped to labor at home as long as possible, move around frequently to ease her pains, and go epidural-free for the duration. “I did yoga four days a week leading up to my delivery,” she recalls. “I thought […]

Tip jar: Expert tips for labor & delivery
Tip jar: Expert tips for labor & delivery

FROM AN OB Najia Lawrence, MD, FACOG, is a board-certified OB/GYN with North Georgia OB/GYN Specialists in Woodstock, Georgia, and is affiliated with Northside Hospital-Cherokee. She has delivered nearly 2,000 babies over the course of her 12-year career. 1. Trust your providers. You chose your providers for a reason. Trust their experience and the advice […]

To epidural or not to epidural
To epidural or not to epidural

There is no single way to birth a child. Because no two labors and deliveries are the same (from how long they last to how they feel), what works for one woman might not for another. But many people—mothers and prenatal care providers included—can become fiercely divided on the topic of epidurals. “It’s not about […]

The after party
The after party

While expecting, you spend a lot of time thinking about how you want your labor and delivery to go. Do you want an epidural? A water birth? A mirror to watch your progress? These considerations often take precedence over thoughts of what happens after baby arrives —but there are a lot of important decisions that […]