The latest trend in “natural” birthing involves wiping a mother’s vaginal fluid on a baby born by C-section, hoping to expose him to beneficial bacteria that could help build his immune system. But OB-GYNs say vaginal seeding could potentially transfer viral infections to a baby.
Going through labor and having a vaginal delivery can be a long process that can be physically taxing for the mother. But C-sections come with risks for the mother.
If you are considering a vaginal delivery attempt after a C-section, there are three key questions you should discuss with your doctor.
There are a lot of unknowns going into the delivery room to give birth for the first time. The “what ifs” often can take on a life of their own, even if you’ve had a healthy pregnancy. Dion W. of Northeast Ohio is an exception among those who find themselves a bit fearful. The 35-year-old … Read More
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Planning for labor and delivery can be complicated for women who have multiple sclerosis. But the bottom line is the same for all women: A vaginal delivery is usually best. Depending on the status of your MS, you may need to consult with multiple doctors about how best to bring baby into the world. However, … Read More
This isn’t your grandmother’s full-term pregnancy. Doctors used to define 37 to 42 weeks as the time span of a full-term pregnancy. Now, a U.S. OB/GYN group is dividing that range into different classifications after learning about critical differences in the final weeks of gestation. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, the … Read More
Some expectant moms dread the idea of a cesarean section, while other women find the idea appealing. They may hope to avoid the pain of labor, cut short an uncomfortable pregnancy or ensure delivery at a time that’s convenient for them and their doctors. Wives’ tales are also circulating. People may believe, despite a lack … Read More