Tag Archives : Labor and Delivery

Induction of Labor


What is induction of labor? When your baby is ready to be born, your labor starts. Your health care provider may recommend starting your labor with medicines and other treatments instead of waiting for your body to start labor on its own. When this is done, it is called induction of labor. Inducing your labor is usually recommended if: You…

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Healthy Birth 101


Healthy, physiologic birth means allowing your body to go through labor under its own innate power. It is the optimal functioning of childbirth, and is a safe process that includes labor, birth, and the first hour after birth for both you and your baby. Healthy birth does not routinely require medical intervention. Characteristics of healthy labor, birth, and the first…

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Am I in Labor?


Labor is the work that your body does to give birth to your baby. Your uterus contracts, your cervix (the mouth of the uterus) opens, and you push your baby out into the world. Experiences of labor are as unique and varied as the nearly 4 million women who give birth every year in the United States. Familiarizing yourself with…

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Is Using Nitrous Oxide for Pain Relief During Labor Safe?


Can you tell me more about using nitrous for pain control during labor? I found out that lots of people use it in the UK but I can’t find any hospital around me that offers it. What’s the deal? Is it not safe? —Sarah B.   Hospitals in the U.S. are beginning to have nitrous oxide available to women for…

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