Natural Pain Relief in Labor

When we think of pain relief in labor, an epidural is usually the first thing that comes to mind. But not every laboring mom wants to have an epidural, and even those who do will spend at least part of their time in labor without it. So how can you labor without any medical pain relief? By […]

Low-Risk? Consider a Birth Center

A birth center can be affiliated with or even physically attached to a hospital, or it can be an independent, free-standing facility operated by Certified Nurse Midwives or more commonly by Licensed Midwives.  All birth centers are affiliated with an obstetrical practice in case a mom becomes high-risk or simply needs medical care for a […]

Should I Get an Epidural

The most common pain relief available to women in labor is an epidural, a continuous intravenous injection of pain medication to help reduce or eliminate the sensation of labor contractions. This short video will give you a good visual of how an epidural needle is placed in a mother’s lower back during labor. The medication that is […]

Medical Reasons to Induce Labor

“I want this baby out of me!” It’s a common cry we hear from women in their later stages of pregnancy. No wonder: they feel big and heavy, they’re peeing three times an hour, having trouble sleeping, and dealing with indigestion after every meal. So when her caregiver asks, “Would you like to have your […]

Inducing Labor

Chances are pretty good that most of us know a mom who was induced to get her labor started.  That’s because every year, almost one quarter of all pregnant women in the United States have their labors artificially induced, which means they are given drugs to help the uterus to contract and/or for the cervix to ripen. […]

Autism/Induction Link?

One in 88 children in the United States is diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder.  A new study has found a possible link between Autism Spectrum Disorder and drugs that are commonly used to induce labor. In the latest issue of JAMA Pediatrics, researchers report their analysis of more than 600,000 labors and births, some naturally-occuring, others induced, […]