Articles tagged with labor

Delivery Room

By Samantha Brown, DivineCaroline Well, let me tell you, the horror you have going into labor and delivery is your own fear. Everyone is scared regardless how many you have. Well, here’s what happened to me—now this does not mean this will happen to you, but maybe my story can...

Who Should Consider Saving Their Baby's Cord Blood?

Cord Blood, A New Era in Medicine Bone marrow, peripheral blood and the umbilical cord blood constitute the three primary sources of stem cells. Umbilical cord blood, which until fairly recently, was discarded as medical waste, is a non-controversial and rich source of stem cells that are now being saved...

What Every Pregnant Mom Needs to Know About Shoulder Dystocia

By Dr. Linda Burke Galloway, DivineCaroline   Although most pregnant women anticipate a normal, uncomplicated delivery, there are exceptions to the rules. A shoulder dystocia is one of the more frequent complications in the delivery room, and, unfortunately, there is no surefire way to predict it. A shoulder dystocia means...

A Miracle Birth

Childbirth is an amazing time in a woman's life - in a family's life. And, there is no question that childbirth in America is far from perfect. We have a disturbing acceptance of the "medicalization" of birth, far too many interventions and an exorbitantly high cesarean section rate. There is no...

Anatomy of a Painless Labor

By Giuditta Tornetta, DivineCaroline Every book I have ever read on labor stresses the need for preparation. Unanimously, professional on both side of the fence (medical solution to pain-management and those who suggest a more natural approach) preach the importance of informed decisions. Fact is we do not know why...

No Men Allowed in the Delivery Room

By truuconfessions, DivineCaroline Just because your husband helped you make the baby, doesn’t mean he should be there to help you HAVE the baby says one doc. Whether or not your husband can tolerate the site of blood, tears, and the inevitable poop that comes along with childbirth, according to an OB/GYN in the...

Physical Discomforts After Delivery

Physical Discomforts After Delivery Lots of things are happening in your body right after you have a baby. Now that your baby is here, you’re probably feeling some pain or discomfort. Here’s what you can expect. Pains After Birth (Afterbirth Pains)Your uterus contracts and relaxes as it shrinks back...

I am Prepared to Meet Whatever Turn My Birthing Takes

I met Jodi and her husband Mark in Seattle in May of 2009. I was in the middle of a crazy travel schedule that was a combination of book tours, photographing clients in my different studios and caring for my father who just had surgery and lived in a remote...

Scared to Deliver

By Brooke Robbins, DivineCaroline I am thirty-three weeks along in my pregnancy and everything has been textbook perfect. I have had no morning sickness ever and aside from feeling exhausted I am otherwise feeling really great. So great in fact, I would love to just keep my little baby boy...

Kegel Exercises

Kegel exercises, also called pelvic floor exercises, help strengthen the muscles that support the uterus, bladder, and bowels. Kegel exercises also help strengthen vaginal muscles. What are the benefits of Kegel Exercises? Pregnant women who perform Kegel exercises often find they have an easier birth. Strengthening these muscles during pregnancy...