A First-Time Mother’s Labor and Delivery

There is an incredible amount of variation in what labor is like for a first-time mom. The length of labor is extremely variable, with the average length of active labor being 12 hours. Some labors are "harder" or "easier" than others due to things like the position and size of the baby, shape and size of the pelvis and a myriad of other physical, emotional and psychological factors that come into play. Each woman has her own perceptions about labor as well. It is viewed by some as a necessary evil, a means to an end that must be endured with the least amount of discomfort possible. Others view it as a natural, spiritual, miraculous event that they want to experience fully with minimal intervention. The common thread is that parents-to-be want a healthy mother and baby. Since labors vary so much, go into labor with an open mind and a trust that your health care provider will help you with decision making should something unexpected come up. Childbirth classes are very helpful in educating parents about what "normal" labor is like and the choices available to them during labor. Read More …

Labor and Delivery: Pushing

During the first stage of labor your "work” is to focus inward and conserve your energy allowing the uterus to work efficiently. The contractions thin (efface) and spread (dilate) the opening of the uterus (the cervix) that leads into the birth canal (vagina). The first stage is over when the cervix is completely ready – 10 centimeters dilated and 100% effaced. Read More …

Cord Blood Retrieval

Cord blood retrieval is one of the latest breakthroughs in modern medical research. The umbilical cord contains blood that is very rich in stem cells that may be used instead of a bone marrow transplant. This program allows expectant parents to preserve their baby’s cord blood for the child’s future should the need arise. Read More …

Cord Blood Retrieval

Families interested in donating their newborn’s umbilical cord (for public use) can contact:

New York Blood Center:
www.nybloodcenter.org

Cord Blood Donor Foundation: 650-635-1456
www.cordblooddonor.org

Private Family Banks include:

Cord Blood Registry:
888-CORDBLOOD
www.cordblood.com

Cryo-cell: 800-7235 Read More …

Waterbirth

Why would you want to give birth in a tub of water? To labor in water, or not to labor in water; to give birth while in water, or not give birth while in water….that is the question. Water birth is not a new birthing practice. It was first mentioned in the medical literature as early as 1805. Two physicians completed even more study and research in the 1960s, yet many think water birth is something new for the 90s. Read More …

Water Immersion during Childbirth

The healing and pain-relieving properties of water have been hailed over the centuries, and the use of water immersion during labor is becoming a popular pain control option for women who are looking for ways to avoid the use of painkillers and anesthetic drugs. Hospitals across the country are now including whirlpool baths as part of their maternity ward facilities and birthing suite renovations, and women are becoming increasingly aware of the benefits of hydrotherapy in labor. Read More …

Childbirth Resources

Everything you need to know as you prepare for the birth of your first baby. Peaceful Birth? Considering Natural Childbirth by Shelley Albini, a Childbirth Education Practitioner teaching Hypnobirthing in Connecticut. Midlife Motherhood: What’s Age Got to Do with It? Read More …