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When and How to Push: Providing the Most Current Information About Second-Stage Labor to Women During Childbirth Education

Childbirth educators can have a significant impact on safe care for mothers and babies during labor and birth. Pregnant women and their families need accurate, science-based information to advocate for themselves and their care in full partnership with nurses, nurse midwives, and physicians. In addition to...

The Anterior Cervical Lip: how to ruin a perfectly good birth

begins to push with contractions, and her midwife encourages her to follow her body. After a little while the midwife checks to ‘see what is happening’ and finds an anterior cervical lip. The woman is told to stop pushing because she is not fully dilated and will damage herself. Her body is lying to her –...

13 Ways To Avoid The Ring Of Fire During Birth

What is the Ring of Fire? The ring of fire is the name given to the burning sensation some women experience when a baby’s head crowns. For an idea of the feeling, put one finger on each side of your mouth and pull the edges of your lips apart – the sensation is similar. Many women think that the ring of...

Clinical Practice Guideline Executive Summary: Labor After Cesarean/Planned Vaginal Birth After Cesarean

Cesarean deliveries are a common surgical procedure in the United States, accounting for 1 in 3 US births. The primary purpose of this guideline is to provide clinicians with evidence to guide planning for labor and vaginal birth after cesarean (LAC/VBAC). A multidisciplinary guideline development group...

Why Doctors, Nurses, and Other Medical Professionals Are Choosing to Birth at Home

It’s one of the best kept secrets in the medical profession these days: an increasing number of doctors, nurses, physician’s assistants, and other medical professionals are choosing to birth at home. For the most part these medical professionals keep quiet about it. They don’t want to offend their...

A timeline of a baby’s first hour

Back when I worked in a lab, I spent countless hours diligently watching fruit flies mate. It was a strange job — both extremely scandalous and extremely boring. But lots of scientists are also voyeurs, I swear. And those tedious observations were a good way to learn about instinctual behaviors. So I was a...

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