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 …

Getting the Family Involved

Having a baby is an event which changes a whole family. Although the newborn’s mother is the first and most important person a baby gets to know (starting even before birth), the mother’s relatives and companions will all come to know the new child and play important roles in his or her development. In addition, an adult woman’s status within her family changes as she goes through pregnancy, delivery and post-partum recovery, and takes on new responsibilities of motherhood. She and everyone else in her family learn to adjust to her needs and the new person in their lives. 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 …

Father’s Involvement

Fathers. If you believe the movies, on the big day, most of them either race off to the hospital in such confusion they leave you in the driveway with your suitcase or simply pass out from the excitement. While several physicians confide that new dads do faint on occasion – they swear it’s rare – the role of the father during labor and delivery involves more than serving as a source of foibles and flubs. 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 …

Maternity Fashions

You’re having a baby! But this doesn’t mean you have to sacrifice style. I have found in my experience that many women have difficulty assembling a maternity wardrobe. First time moms-to-be usually have the hardest time. It seemed in years past that maternity clothing manufacturers have had trouble keeping pace with the current fashion trends of women’s ready-to-wear fashions. This is no longer true. They are finally on the cutting edge of women’s fashion. 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 …