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Could Your Age Determine How You’ll Deliver?

Monday, August 11th, 2014

While some recent studies have brought good news for women hoping to get pregnant after 35, this latest research isn’t so rosy.

According to a new study published in BJOG: An International Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, older moms-to-be are at increased risk of requiring emergency measures to give birth, whether that’s a C-section or an “operative vaginal delivery,” which includes forceps or ventouse. In fact, the study found that women over 40 had triple the rate of emergency C-sections, and nearly double the rate of operative vaginal deliveries of women 20 to 24. Women over 40 had a 22.4 percent emergency c-section rate, and a 23.7 percent rate of use of forceps or ventouse. And those rates aren’t just for high-risk moms-to-be: That’s the rate for healthy older moms.

But maternal age wasn’t the only risk factor for these emergency interventions—using an epidural, induction of labor, large birthweight or a gestational age over 41 weeks were also factors.

Long story short? If you’re an older mom, your doctor should be aware of the likelihood that intervention may be necessary—and you should be realistic about your odds of requiring a little help to bring that baby into the world.

Tell us: If you’re an older mom, did you have an unexpected C-section or another emergency intervention? How did you handle it?

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Beyond the Birth Plan
Beyond the Birth Plan

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Hospital Bans VBACs—Could It Happen to You?

Thursday, August 7th, 2014

Some moms-to-be like Laura Nelson picked Hudson Hospital in Hudson, Wisconsin, because of its VBAC (vaginal birth after C-section) friendly policy. But now, just weeks before she’s due, Nelson is looking for a new hospital (and new ob-gyn) to assist in her attempt to have a VBAC, because the hospital has banned this option after August 31st.

In a written statement to local news station WCCO, the hospital stated, “We support VBACs as an option for women, but at this time we cannot provide this service due to human resource constraints.” And it seems, according to two ob-gyns we heard from, that recommendations from the American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists (ACOG) requiring anesthesiologists and ob-gyns to remain in hospital for the entirety of a VBAC patient’s labor could be to blame for this.

“Most hospitals across the country will not offer VBACs to their patients if there is not 24 hour obstetric and/or anesthesia personal available to perform an emergency C-section or surgery,” says ob-gyn Michele Hakakha. “Budget cuts and poor funding are main reasons for hospitals not having 24-hour in-house care. Other reasons may be lack of specialized caregivers, or too few caregivers to warrant many days of in-house call per week.”

And unfortunately, money may be at play. “OBs who do VBACs and anesthesiologists with a VBAC in labor know that they are required to be ‘in house’ for however long it takes the patient to deliver—and they are NOT able to bill for their time in doing this,” says Marra Francis, ob-gyn and author of The Mommy MD Guide to Pregnancy and Birth. “Hospitals can choose to reimburse physicians for the time they are at the hospital providing care or they can decline to reimburse them. But if all three entities (hospital, OB, Anesthesiology) can not come to an agreement on how providing VBACs will be done in order to provide the safest care that meets ACOG’s regulations, the hospital will not allow VBACs because of the liability they assume.”

This comes at a time when many experts are concerned about the growing number of C-sections, despite the fact that VBACs have a 75 percent success rate—and moms who give birth vaginally have a much shorter recovery time than those who have a C-section.

In a statement, Hudson Hospital said its working with the affected patients to help them find somewhere else to try their VBAC. But let’s hope the policy changes soon as well, so moms-to-be have more options.

Tell us: Did you have a VBAC? Was it difficult to find an ob-gyn or hospital who would accommodate you?

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Would You Fund Another Couple’s Pregnancy?

Tuesday, August 5th, 2014

Kickstarter campaigns used to be reserved for funding business startups or helping families in medical crisis. But these days, more and more couples are using internet sites like Kickstarter and GoFundMe to help cover the big price tag of growing a family, whether through expensive infertility treatments or pricey adoptions. (GoFundMe estimates that over $1 million has already been donated through its site toward IVF treatments, and in the past six months, they’ve already seen more donations than all of 2013.)

A recent New York Post article highlighted a few couples who are using the internet fundraising sites to build their families, including some who offered perks like autographed CDs and theater tickets to people who donated at certain levels. (Others just went with a plea to the heartstrings of friends, family and strangers willing to pony up toward surrogates or fertility treatments.)

But the practice isn’t without its detractors. Some people say that if you can’t afford to pay for the infertility treatments or adoption fees on your own (or through a line of credit), you have no business adding to your family. In adoption circles, where families sometimes use heartbreaking pictures of the child they wish to adopt and a “save this child” wording, it feels even more exploitative.

What do you think? Would you fundraise for your fertility treatments or adoption fees? And would you be willing to donate toward a friend’s (or a stranger’s) attempt at building a family?

Are you hoping to add another little one to your family? Find out if you’re maximizing your fertility! And like Everything Pregnancy on Facebook to keep up with the latest pregnancy trends.

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Trying to Conceive: 5 Common Fertility Mistakes
Trying to Conceive: 5 Common Fertility Mistakes

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Christina Aguilera Bares Her Bump: Should You?

Monday, August 4th, 2014

Artsy baby bump photos have become nearly ubiquitous, ever since Demi Moore famously posed nude during one of her pregnancies on Vanity Fair. (They’ve become so ubiquitous, in fact, that “manternity” shots of guys in those classic baby bump poses are becoming a thing.) And Christina Aguilera is the latest celeb to bare her bump (and leave very little to the imagination) in a gorgeous photo shoot for V Magazine.

“As a woman, I’m proud to embrace my body through all stages of life, staying fearless and confident in surrendering to the unknowns the future has in store,” she told V. And it’s clear that pregnancy has been very good to her and her body (or the PhotoShop gods have—I don’t see a single stretch mark).

Kudos to her for having the moxie to show it all off—I wouldn’t have had the courage to pose nude, even when I was 20 and not pregnant!

Tell us: Did you get baby bump shots done? And did you have the courage to pose nude to show off your pregnancy?

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Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump
Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump
Fun Ways to Flaunt Your Bump

Image: Christina Aguilera courtesy of Twitter/Brian Bowen Smith/V Magazine

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Alicia Keys Expecting Baby #2!

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

Grammy-winning singer Alicia Keys and husband, hip-hop artist Swizz Beatz shared some exciting news in the wee hours of the morning: They’re expecting baby number two! (And from the looks of her bump in this gorgeous photo they shared along with the big news, it won’t be too long before the baby arrives.)

The couple, who married in 2010, already have a three-year-old, Egypt Daoud—and made their big baby announcement on their 4th wedding anniversary.

Want to see who else is expecting? Check out our slideshow to see who’s due next! And find a great, A-list worthy baby name with our Baby Fame Name Generator.

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Our Favorite Celebrity Babies of the Year
Our Favorite Celebrity Babies of the Year

Image: Courtesy of Alicia Keys

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