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Labor and Delivery
Sometimes unexpected events during childbirth can wound a new mother. The physical scars fade, but the emotional trauma can produce feelings of helplessness, shame and defeat. How can a mother process these emotions and even embrace them as moments of courage and strength, rather than weakness? And how can loved ones support mom during this important transition?
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With more babies being born by Cesarean section, a new movement is campaigning to create a more natural experience for both mom and baby. It's known as the "Natural Cesarean" or "Family-Centered Cesarean". But, is it right for you?
Bini Birth explores many different methods of childbirth, approaching birth as an individual process that each woman explores in her own way. Today we'll hear from its creator Ana Paula Markel. What are the main principles behind this practice? What are the most effective ways to learn its principles? And what should you expect if you take a class?
We've all seen the images on television and in the movies. A woman in labor screams her head off as she's pushing her baby through the birth canal. We've been trained to think this experience is going to be painful. So, what are your pain management options? What are epidurals and spinals and when are they used? What additional medications help take the edge off while allowing you to stay mobile throughout labor and delivery?
You've reached the end of your pregnancy. Your due date has passed and still no baby. Fortunately, there are some safe non-invasive ways to give your baby a gentle nudge down the birth canal.
You think you're having contractions, so it's off to the hospital you go! So, what should you expect when you arrive? At what point are you provided with a labor and delivery room? How many people will be caring for you as you await your baby's big debut? And what typically happens after your baby is born?
You birthed your baby, and then your birthed your placenta. So, now what do you do with it? You could take it home with you... and perhaps eat it. What?!?
The physical scars fade, but the emotional trauma can produce feelings of helplessness, shame and defeat. How can a mother process these emotions and even embrace them as moments of courage and strength, rather than weakness?
Your first baby was born via c-section and with this time you're hoping to have a vaginal birth, or VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). You may have heard about some of the risks, but what does it all actually mean? Are VBACs more risky than having a repeat c-section? What factors should you consider before making this big decision for both you and your baby?
If you're pregnant with twins or higher order multiples, then your medical care provider has probably already told you about the risk of preterm labor. What does "preterm" actually mean for multiples? What are some of the signs of preterm labor?