Do you epidural?

The decision about pain control in labor is highly personal.  You may have experienced that unspoken competition between women when they swap birth stories..”I had mine all natural…” one recalls as she puffs her chest and squares her shoulders.  “I loved my epidural,” the other says while she smiles and remembers the relief it provided.  So what’s the answer? There isn’t one. Some women are dead set on going it without so much as a sniff of the narcotic vial, and others beg for drugs before they are ever really in labor. It’s just the difference in women. Continue reading “Do you epidural?”

Oh my aching….

You can fill in the blank. It’s amazing to me how differently some women handle the aches and pains of pregnancy (and child birth for that matter) so differently, and how different the discomforts of becoming a mother vary from pregnancy to pregnancy. With my first child, I could have run a marathon, and I would have if someone had asked.  In fact, three weeks from my due date, someone dared me to channel my old cheer leading vibes and do the splits–which I did, belly and all. I was an unstoppable force, and I loved the way I felt.

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Beyond the blues–the secret of post partum depression

It’s a medical condition that is surrounded by a tremendous amount of stigma. And yes, it really is a medical condition.  Until I suffered from my own extreme cases of postpartum depression I couldn’t say that it really held any sort of physical foundation.  And yes, I said case(s), plural.  With both children I suffered from extreme postpartum depression.

I’m a totally normal person typically…well, that might depend on who you ask. But I have absolutely no history of mental illness, nor do I have any real lingering effects now–except the stinging memories (or lack thereof) from the first weeks of my children’s births.  It’s sad to me, and disappointing that during those important weeks that I should have been bonding, I was crying, sleeping and forgetting–all as a result of a medical condition that I had no idea was going to get me. Continue reading “Beyond the blues–the secret of post partum depression”

Induction of Labor Increases Chances for Cesarean Section

New research appearing in a past issue of Obestrics and Gynecology is confirming what many have long suspected. Induction of labor can double a mother’s chance of delivering by C-section. In a study that focused on reasons for labor induction and labor outcomes, mothers were 2.6% more likely to take a trip to the operating room for the birth of their baby.

Induction of labor involves administration of intravenous medications, or medications placed into the vagina to start contractions, and soften/dilate the cervix. In the past, inducing a patient for labor was done only for medical situations in which the baby needed to be delivered due to medical complications in which it is not safe to continue the pregnancy. Recently however, more and more women are requesting labor inductions for a variety of new reasons, and it appears that physicians are complying. (Even though I don’t know why…) Continue reading “Induction of Labor Increases Chances for Cesarean Section”

Standing tall…how to choose the birth position for you

Being prepared for your baby’s birth may seem like an impossible task.  Certainly there are portions of childbirth that are beyond any woman’s control and that’s okay–it’s natures way of doing what it has to, and it will do that irregardless of what’s going on around it.  Because the force of labor cannot be stopped, we might as well make the best of it, and knowing how to help your baby down and out more easily can speed labor, and reduce pain as well as the need for some types of invasive medical interventions. Continue reading “Standing tall…how to choose the birth position for you”