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You think your baby is big?

You think your baby is big?

Asha, the elephant I talked about yesterday, has given birth to a 304 lb calf. This made me think about comments that I hear about being induced for a big baby.  It’s actually a common myth that this will help prevent some labor complications.&#…

How long will labor last?

How long will labor last?

I read today that the pregnant elephant at an Oklahoma zoo went into labor on Thursday night.  The zoo officials said that they don’t expert her to give birth until…

How long will labor last?

How long will labor last?

I read today that the pregnant elephant at an Oklahoma zoo went into labor on Thursday night.  The zoo officials said that they don’t expert her to give birth until late Friday or early Saturday.  I have to admit I was a bit jealous….Read…

Free Handouts for Getting Baby in an Optimal Position

Free Handouts for Getting Baby in an Optimal Position

The position of your baby at the end of pregnancy and as you enter labor and give birth does matter.  Some positions are easier on mom in labor than others. …

What did dads do before cell phones?

What did dads do before cell phones?

Did you ever stop to think that  just a few short years ago – most dads didn’t have cells phones.  That meant when you went into labor, you couldn’t call…

What did dads do before cell phones?

What did dads do before cell phones?

Did you ever stop to think that  just a few short years ago – most dads didn’t have cells phones.  That meant when you went into labor, you couldn’t call them quickly.  You couldn’t text and they couldn’t check email (or Twitter or Fac…

Detroit Orchestra Ends Six-Month Strike

Detroit Orchestra Ends Six-Month Strike

The musicians of the Detroit Symphony Orchestra have voted to ratify a new contract, ending a bitter six-month labor dispute that threatened the survival of the 118-year-old institution, the union said Friday.Read More…
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Epidural Use

Epidural Use

New data just came out talking about how often epidurals are used in labor and when. The numbers might surprise you: only 61% of moms used epidural anesthesia for labor. Here are some of the highlights:…Read Full Post

Epidural Use

Epidural Use

New data just came out talking about how often epidurals are used in labor and when. The numbers might surprise you: only 61% of moms used epidural anesthesia for…

What will you wear postpartum?

What will you wear postpartum?

You’ve probably given some thought about what you will or won’t wear in labor.  But when you start packing your bag for labor, don’t forget about what you will wear after you’ve had the baby….Read Full Post

What will you wear postpartum?

What will you wear postpartum?

You’ve probably given some thought about what you will or won’t wear in labor.  But when you start packing your bag for labor, don’t forget about what you will wear…

Paul LePage Rankles Maine Voters With Bluntness

Paul LePage Rankles Maine Voters With Bluntness

AUGUSTA, Maine — With less than three months on the job, Gov. Paul LePage has already managed to rankle more constituencies with his bluntness than any Maine governor in recent memory.The Republican governor has drawn the ire of organi…

What kind of rooms does your hospital offer?

What kind of rooms does your hospital offer?

I had a discussion recently with someone about what maternity care rooms looked like at most hospitals. I said that I thought that the vast majority of hospitals offered labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) rooms or labor, delivery, recovery and postp…

Coached Pushing

Coached Pushing

We’ve all seen women screamed at in labor, “PUSH!” (That’s called coached pushing or purple pushing.) It never looked like a good idea to me and it certainly didn’t feel great either, the one time I personally tried it. Now studies suggest that wha…

Free Online Pregnancy eCourses

Free Online Pregnancy eCourses

Need advice on which prenatal tests are right for you or what to pack in labor? Interested in learning how to tell if you are in labor? Maybe you’d like to know when and how an epidural is given. Here are some free online classes in pregnancy and …

How do you choose your hospital?

How do you choose your hospital?

After reading some comments about why so many celebrities choose Cedars-Sinai, I started wondering what other women think about when choosing a hospital. So they have large birthing suites at Cedars and really cool meals, but what about the things th…

Andy Stern Will Vote No On Deficit Commission

Andy Stern Will Vote No On Deficit Commission

Former top labor leader Andy Stern has privately informed deficit-commission co-chair Erskine Bowles that he will vote against the commission’s package of proposals, a source close to Stern tells me, effectively ending hopes of getting the d…

What kind of rooms does your hospital offer?

What kind of rooms does your hospital offer?

I had a discussion yesterday with someone about what maternity care rooms looked like at most hospitals. I said that I thought that the vast majority of hospitals offered labor, delivery and recovery (LDR) rooms or labor, delivery, recovery and post…

Afghan People Suffering Under Powerful Elite Tied To Karzai, U.S.

Afghan People Suffering Under Powerful Elite Tied To Karzai, U.S.

Shovel-wielding miners in rags and plastic shoes, some with the protruding ribs and work-ravaged pallor of labor camp prisoners, toil deep inside this remote northern mountain, harvesting coal for some of the country’s most powerful business…

Managing Back Labor

Managing Back Labor

A couple of my babies have been posterior in late pregnancy, but my second to the last baby was head down, until the day before she was born. Then she turned to be head down but facing up, called an occiput posterior presentation or OP. This posteri…