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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
Beyond the Birth Plan

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Woman Gives Birth in NYC Crosswalk During Rush Hour!

Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

How is that for a birth story?! You can guilt your kid for years and years with that one!

You know how your doctor warns you not to come to the hospital at the first sign of contractions, because you’ll likely just be sent back home until you’re further along? (The joys of hospital overcrowding!) Well, one pregnant woman in New York City waited a bit too long.

At the peak of rush hour on Monday afternoon, an about-to-pop Polly Court waddled out of her apartment building on the corner of Third Avenue and 68th Street on Manhattan’s Upper East Side. With the help of a doorman, the woman who was already far along in her labor tried to flag down a taxi. But finding a taxi in the Big Apple during rush hour is almost as unlikely as winning the Lotto. After several minutes of searching for a ride, onlookers say the mom-to-be dropped to the ground and began to give birth—on the street—still bundled up in her winter coat!

Complete strangers passing by ran to her side (and people say New Yorkers keep to themselves!) and assisted her until medics arrived. While most people were helpful, of course others just gawked and took photos to post on Twitter. But in the end, the crazy birth—which drew a big crowd of onlookers by the end of it—worked out fine. The woman gave birth to a seemingly healthy daughter, and New Yorkers sweetly offered the new mom scarves off their necks to protect the baby girl from the cold winds.

According to People magazine, shortly after the birth, the woman and her newborn—who she has named Ila Isabelle, with Isabelle being after the woman who offered Polly her coat as she went into labor—were “loaded into an ambulance and taken to Lenox Hill hospital. Both are said to be doing well.” I’m so glad to hear that. Giving birth—especially if it’s the first time—is an exhilarating, but terrifying experience even when every last detail is planned out with a super-specific birth plan in place. I can’t imagine having everything go wrong, and having to give birth without your partner by your side, with only your doorman and total strangers there to help you, in the middle of a cold winter day in one of the most congested cities in America! That’s the picture of strength right there—a mama moment that daughter can look up to and be proud of one day. Wow, just wow!

TELL US: Would you freak out if you gave birth in the middle of a busy street? Did you give birth in an equally-interesting place?

Image via Twitter.

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Giving Birth: What To Bring to the Hospital
Giving Birth: What To Bring to the Hospital
Giving Birth: What To Bring to the Hospital

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WHO Could Go Into Labor at The Emmys?

Friday, September 20th, 2013

It’s Emmy weekend, and no one could be more excited than Homeland’s Morena Baccarin. Sunday might just be twice as nice for her, because not only could it be her first Emmy win with her cast of the hit Showtime show, but Marena is also due with her first son any day now, and could in fact go into labor at the awards. Something as exciting as an Emmy win could certainly cause her to go into labor!

Morena recently joked on Jimmy Kimmel Live, “My doctor is my plus one, so it’s all good,” she said. “He’ll be waiting in the limo just in case.” Since it’s such a big night for her and her costars (including new mama Claire Danes), Morena doesn’t want to miss a moment of it. So what’s her birth plan? “I told myself that I was going to go, and if I went into labor at the Emmys, I was going to sit through it. I mean, no baby comes in four-and-a-half hours anyway. I’m going to wait it out. I’m going to cross my legs and hold tight.”

Well, I hate to break it to you, Morena, but it is possible to go into labor and deliver all in four-and-a-half hours. While according to a 2012 study by the National Institutes of Health, the average first time mom spends six-and-a-half hours in labor, 50 years ago the average was four hours, and plenty of women have had children in under a few hours. Um, haven’t you heard of all of those roadside baby deliveries on the way to the hospital? But the all-time craziest story happened in 2007, when a British woman set the record for fastest delivery when she gave birth to her daughter just two minutes (yes, a mere 120 seconds) after her water broke!

I hope for Morena’s sake, she doesn’t go into labor on Emmy night. But it would make for one unforgettable TV moment!

Homeland premieres its third season Sunday, Sept 29, on Showtime.

TELL US: Would you go to the Emmys if you were due any day, or is Morena coo-coo bananas for going so close to her due date?

Image of Morena Baccarin courtesy of Shutterstock.

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Kate Middleton’s Birth Confession: Not Loving This

Monday, September 9th, 2013

Kate Middleton Describes Birth of Prince George as "Perfect.:Vanity Fair recently reported that sources close to the Duchess of Cambridge, Kate Middleton, revealed she told friends that her natural birth was “perfect.” And by “perfect,” she meant she had no complications and she was able to stick to her birth plan. For some reason, though, that description of perfection really stood out to me as odd—on so many levels.

Really, let’s be honest. Yes, the act of having a baby is a miracle. The big picture is a beautiful one; you’re creating life, specifically, you’re creating the person you’ll love the most in the world. But when you look at the small details, even if everything goes off without a hitch, pregnancy isn’t exactly a walk in the park, and childbirth is hard, exhausting work and can be really disgusting (like no one tells you that you can actually poop while pushing during delivery. I didn’t even know that was a possibility until friends who’d gone through it asked me if I had. For the record, as far as I know, I did not!).

Also, what if there are complications and you have to have an emergency c-section (about 30 percent of women have either a planned or emergency c-section)? I’m sure Kate was not trying to make any grand statements about natural childbirth being more perfect than surgically-assisted births, but it could be taken that way, and another Kate—Kate Winslet—did get into hot water for outright suggesting natural childbirth is superior. After having her second child, Kate Winslet, who is now pregnant with her third, revealed in New York’s Gotham magazine that she had lied for years about having her daughter Mia vaginally when she actually had an emergency c-section. “I just said that I had a natural birth because I was so completely traumatized by the fact that I hadn’t given birth,” she told Gotham. “I felt like a complete failure. There’s this thing amongst women that if you can handle childbirth you can handle anything. I had never handled childbirth and I felt like in some way I couldn’t enter the ‘powerful women’s club.’ It was an amazing feeling having Joe naturally. Fourteen hours with no drugs at all, but then I had to have an epidural because I was so tired. It was an incredible birth. It was really triumphant.”

Reading that really upset me, because I don’t think women should be made to feel that the only way or “the right way” to have a baby is if she delivers vaginally. So many women I know who’ve had c-sections already feel a sense of guilt, as if they did something wrong, or they just weren’t woman enough. This insanity should not be perpetuated. Childbirth is not a competition. Whether you choose to have an epidural or not is your business. If a cesarean section is needed in order to have a healthy delivery, do it without second thought! No one has the right to judge you. And remember that the end result is still the same: you’re taking home a beautiful baby, and any way you do it is “perfect” in my book! Don’t let anyone take that amazing feeling away from you.

TELL US: Have you or someone you know had c-section guilt? 

Image of Kate Middleton and Prince William courtesy of the British Monarchy’s Twitter page.

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Woman Plans a Dolphin-Assisted Water Birth (Yes, Really!)

Wednesday, May 29th, 2013

Dolphin-Assisted Birth PlanYou’ve heard of people going on vacation to Hawaii and swimming with the dolphins, right? Dolphins are cute, smart, graceful—even funny. What’s not to love? But it’s one thing to want to become one with nature for an hour swim. It’s quite another to want dolphins swimming around you, massaging you, during the underwater birth of your child!

You read that right. North Carolina couple Heather Barrington, 27, and her husband Adam, 29, have trekked over 4,500 miles to Pahoa, Hawaii, with the intentions of having an underwater birth. In the middle of the ocean. Surrounded by wild dolphins. Dolphins acting as doulas. What part of this sounds like a good idea?!

Remember: the dolphins you see in YouTube videos doing cute tricks for treats in a tank at Sea World are not the same as the ones out in the wild blue waters. One is tamed and trained to respond to human commands; the other, in the mammal’s natural setting, is known to be malicious. The males gang up on the females and rape them. Both sexes kill small porpoises and baby sharks just for fun. This is not sweet, lovable Flipper we’re talking about!

But Heather and Adam—who got the idea after reading the book The Ancient Secret of the Flower of Life by Drunvalo Melchizedek—are confident they are making the right decision for themselves and their baby. “It’s total relaxation for the mother,” Adam told the Charlotte Observer. “Dolphins are very intelligent and healing, which in turn calms mother and baby for the whole process,” added Heather. They hope the dolphin-assisted birth will bring “peace, comfort and strength” to the whole birth experience.

The couple flew to Hawaii in April for the months-long preparation for Heather’s July due date. The birth plan—in conjunction with The Sirius Institute, which sets up these kinds of births—is to have Heather try to bond with a group of dolphins over the next few months so they will become comfortable enough to massage Heather’s body to help relax her, or “escort the newborn baby to the surface for its first breath” as the Institute claims takes place during a dolphin-assisted birth.

I fully understand not wanting your birth to be a stressful experience for you or your baby. And, yes, the sound of waves is relaxing (that’s why nature-inspired sound machines are so damn popular!). But would you really want a 300-pound wild animal anywhere near your newborn child? And if that alone wasn’t scary enough, what happens if you go through complications during the delivery? What if you start hemorrhaging or suddenly need a C-section? Hello, we’ve all seen Jaws—blood attracts sharks!

I beg you, if you are looking for a peaceful way for your child to enter into this world, do not follow this couple’s lead! Get a doula, have a home birth, recite rhythmic chants—anything but this!

TELL US: Do you think a dolphin-assisted birth sounds like a good idea? Would you do it?

Image of dolphins courtesy of Shutterstock. 

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