Embryo to Fetus: Weeks 9-12 of Pregnancy | Parents

-At week 9, your baby has graduated from embryo to fetus. She is nearly an inch long and looks more like a baby for digestive tract and reproductive organs are formed, but it’s still too early for even for a skilled technician to tell whether you’re having a boy or a girl. This week, your […]

Unplanned C-Section | Labor & Delivery | Parents

An unplanned C-Section is not always an emergency C-Section. An emergency C-Section is one that has to happen right away because we’re worried about mom, or baby, or both. Some examples would be if mom is suddenly bleeding, or if we’re worried the baby is not getting enough oxygen. An unplanned C-Section is one where […]

What Not to Do | Labor & Delivery | Parents

A lot of my patients ask me if they should do anything right before they go to the hospital. And really, as long as your bag is packed, you’re kind of ready. You don’t have to shave or wax. Some people ask me if they have to have an enema. And you certainly do not […]

Contractions | Labor & Delivery | Parents

Labor is actually a very mechanical process. Your uterus is a big muscle that is trying to push your baby through the space inside your pelvis. So, as you get closer and closer to the time of birth, these contractions have to be stronger, and stronger, and stronger. And that’s why they’re so painful. It’s […]

Signs of Real vs. False Labor | Labor & Delivery | Parents

You will definitely know when you go into labor. Labor is characterized by very painful contractions that come on a very regular basis. They may start off far apart, they may be 45 minutes or an hour apart and you won’t be sure if you’re getting the next one. But if you are going into […]

Preparing for preterm baby’s hospital discharge

As your baby begins to mature you now have begun to interact and take care of your baby more often. One of the major things that you are now doing is beginning to participate in the feeding process of your baby. So be it bottle feeding or breastfeeding you’ll be doing this more and more […]

What to Expect in a C-Section | Labor & Delivery | Parents

A C-Section is surgical delivery of the baby. It lasts about 45 minutes. So once its been decided that you’re having a C-Section. The first thing is to make sure that you have adequate pain control. If you already have an epidural, you’ll be given extra medication through the same epidural to make you even […]

Birth Stories Unmedicated Childbirth | Parents

When I went to the doctor for my checkup to see if everything was going okay or if they had to induce me, I went in and they told me I was 4 cm dilated and had a contraction that I didn’t know. I was due on July 31st and nothing was happening. So, I […]

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Inducing Labor | Labor & Delivery | Parents

There are a lot of myths out there, but none of them have actually been shown to really induce labor. Castor oil and spicy food are some of the more common ones. And the thinking is that because they can irritate your bowel, sometimes, they can also irritate your uterus. But the problem is, a […]