Scientists found that nine hours into a doctor's shift, the risk of maternal blood loss and a newborn's oxygen levels dropping was "significantly" greater.
A dad has come up with an unusual way to ease new mums post-birth pain...vagina ice pops or condoms filled with water and then frozen. Yikes!
The Britain’s Got Talent judge has opened up about the two traumatic births she endured in 2011 and 2012 and revealed that she turned to counselling to help her cope with what happened. Amanda who also has an older daughter 11-year-old Alexa with her husband Chris Hughes, explained that she needed therapy after feeling unable to cope. According to the Birth Trauma Association (BTA) as many as 200,000 women may feel traumatised by childbirth and in the UK alone it is estimated that 10,000 women a year go on to develop Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or symptoms of the disorder, as a consequence of their birth experience.
You’d be forgiven for thinking that Sarah, from Queensland, Australia had given birth naturally, for how else could she have pulled her own baby out of her body, but in fact she’d had a caesarean section. For Sarah is one of a rising number of mums-to-be who are forgoing the protective screen, scrubbing up with the surgical team and taking a more hands-on role during their caesarean births. Maternal assisted caesarean sections are becoming increasingly popular, particularly for Australian and American women, who want to play a less-passive role in their c-section deliveries.
Just one day after giving birth to her baby daughter, Alexa, Raquel Renteria took to social media to share a picture. The new mum from California wanted everyone to know why she was proud of her scar and share an empowering message to other women who given birth via c-section. “I was afraid of this scar and the long term effects it would have on body and my mind.
Sitting in our NCT class as the instructor passed round pictures of tiny premature babies in the NICU (Neonatal Intensive Care Unit), I looked on in empathetic ambivalence. Even though I was expecting twins and therefore classed as high-risk, my pregnancy had passed by complication-free, so with any luck that wouldn’t happen to me.
Giving birth is no walk in the park. Because whether you opted to go au-natural or you begged for every drug going your own personal birth story is going to be judged. Yep, a drug introduced to offer pain-relief to mums in the thrashes of labour has now become a source of competitiveness and it’s putting already stressed-out mums-to-be under increased pressure.
Facebook has to be the number one place for sharing birth news. Californian Comedian, Fakamalo Kihe Eiki had been busy chronicling his partner’s entire birthing process (with permission we hope?)—from getting settled in the hospital room to experiencing contractions during the 19 hour labour—in a series of Facebook Live videos posted between Sunday evening and Monday morning.
Angela Gallo, a birth photographer, from Melbourne believes ‘clitoral stimulation’ worked as natural pain relief during the birth of her second baby and now she wants to encourage other mums-to-be to try it. Explaining that her first birth was ‘highly medicalised’ involving an epidural that left her feeling out of control of her body, the birth photographer was determined to have a more ‘natural’ experience second time round.
Forget raspberry leaf tea and spicy curries, there’s a new craze in bringing on labour and it’s way more fun. Shared nearly a million times on Facebook, the energetic routine won Amber praise from fellow mums.
Then that bundle of joy (finally) enters the world, and all topics of conversation are redirected to baby, baby, baby! But wait – what about the labour and delivery? “It’s not considered a complication, more like a variation of the whole birth experience,” said Baetz-Craft.