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The Most Dramatic Labor and Delivery Viral Video Ever!

Friday, July 11th, 2014

If I’ve seen one viral video that defines “drama,” this is it: A 10-minute clip on YouTube right now shows a GoPro camera-wearing dad’s capture of not only his frantic race to the hospital with his wife in labor—but the baby’s sidewalk birth too!

(And given how close I am to my own delivery, I am literally writing this post through tears of awe, anxiety… and gratitude that I live just 10 minutes’ drive from my delivery hospital!)

The vid, called “Valet Baby,” has gotten more than 1.5 million views since July 4. It shows the highway stretching seemingly endlessly ahead in the front windshield of the car driven by dad-to-be Troy Dickerson while his wife, Kristin, writhes in labor pain, and repeatedly tells him she’s not going to make it to the Houston hospital for which they’re bound. He tries to comfort her, not realizing at first quite how serious the situation is.

At one point, Kristin chokes out through pained screams in the car, “I can feel his head!”

Shortly thereafter, the family arrives at the valet loading area of the hospital, and Troy helps his wife out of the car as a wheelchair arrives to the curb. At that point, she says, “His head is coming out.” And though her husband encourages her to try to make it upstairs into the hospital, she can’t walk—and she knows it’s just too late.

With coaching from her husband (after two previous kids, he knows a thing or two), Kristin delivers that baby right on the sidewalk! The censored video blacks out those intense pictures while the sound still rolls. When the picture comes back, baby Truett has arrived in the world, and a gaggle of nurses is on scene to attend. “He’s perfect, he’s perfect, he’s perfect,” Troy says over and over.

The video ends as the family and nurses ride up in the elevator, with mom and baby safe in a wheelchair, and mom asks incredulously, “Did that really just happen?!” She also informs the nurses that she’s a childbirth educator at that very hospital!

Watch the clip below—and I dare you not to gasp!

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

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Would You Give Birth in the Wild—and on TV?

Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Lifetime has had a full slate of questionable reality shows for a while, including the painful-to-watch therapy session of True Tori and the bitter backstage griping at Dance Moms. But the latest show they’re developing may just go a bit too far—called “Born in the Wild,” the show will chronicle women who decide to take home birth a few million steps further, and take their birth outdoors and into the woods. (Want to see the video that inspired it? Check it here!)

OB/GYNs, as you can imagine, have been extremely critical of the idea of the show, and the potential risks to both mom and baby should something go awry when they’re out in the middle of nowhere. (Heck, even home births have been shown to be more risky than their medically assisted counterparts—and those don’t include giving birth on a grassy knoll in the rain.) But the producers say that they have many safeguards in place, including requiring the birthing place to be a short distance from a hospital, having an EMT on site with the camera crew to intervene if needed, and casting only low-risk moms who already have an uneventful birth or two under their belts.

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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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Induce Labor. Don’t Induce Labor. Which is It?

Monday, September 16th, 2013

There seems to be so much contradictory news out there when it comes to inductions.How are you supposed to know what to do?

One recent study sings the praises of inducing a pregnancy (which is when a doctor gives you medicine like pitocin, or other drugs, to artificially start or speed up your contractions) as a major way to stave off the need for a C-section. Though this is contrary to a British study from two years ago that said the use of pitocin doesn’t lower the risk of a Cesarean section.Their findings stated that the use of pitocin sped up labor by about two hours, but that it did not lessen the need for a C-section or increase the number of unassisted births.

Meanwhile, an anxiety-inducing study was also recently published in the journal, JAMA Pediatrics, that says inducing a pregnancy can increase a child’s chance of having autism. Researchers say the method used to kick-start the labor process likely doesn’t cause the autism, but it comes from a larger underlying problem with the pregnancy. Studies have found that children are at higher risk for autism if they are born early or very small; if they are in medical distress during delivery; if they have older mothers or fathers; or if they are born less than a year after an older sibling. Autism risk also goes up if a mother has diabetes or high blood pressure; is obese; is exposed to significant air pollution during pregnancy; had low levels of folic acid; or makes antibodies toxic to the fetal brain.

There are plenty of medical reasons to induce, such as you’re one to two weeks past your due date; you have gestational diabetes and the doctor fears the baby may be getting too big; your placenta is no longer bringing nutrients to the baby properly, you have too little amniotic fluid, or your baby isn’t growing as it should; your water breaks but your labor doesn’t start on its own; you develop preeclampsia, which restricts the flow of blood to your baby; or you have high blood pressure, diabetes or kidney disease.

You should note that the March of Dimes advocates that a baby is not fully developed until at least 39 weeks of pregnancy, so if you’re having a healthy pregnancy they suggest you wait for labor to begin on its own. Why? At 35 weeks, a baby’s brain weighs only two-thirds of what it will at 39 to 40 weeks, and babies born after 39 weeks have fewer health problems and have an easier time feeding and staying warm.

I’m especially interested in—okay, obsessed with— this topic because my OB induced me at 39 weeks. My water had broken at 4 am, and by 8 am, I was still just dilated one measly centimeter. I also had gestational diabetes, so she worried that I could end up having to have a c-section if all did not go well. Luckily, all did go well! In fact after getting the pitocin at around 9, I went to sleep around 10 and when I woke up at noon, I was fully dilated! The best part was meeting my ridiculously-cute son, Logan (pictured on the day we took him home from the hospital).

But now to hear that induction can be a sign that your baby may be on the autistic spectrum only makes me analyze his every move, wondering if what he’s doing is a sign of autism (I’m a first-time mom—we freak about about anything and everything!). As scary as the media makes autism out to be, though, having a child with autism is not the end of the world—far from it. I know a few parents who have children with autism, and they’ll be the first to tell you that there are incredible ups and very emotional downs with coming to terms with the diagnoses and the day-to-day challenges that affect the entire family. But life with kids with autism is still good—just different, and those differences deserve to be celebrated too.

TELL US: Which study do you believe? Were you induced? Are there any signs of your child having autism?

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Fit Pregnancy Secrets From Yoga Guru Hilaria Baldwin

Friday, July 26th, 2013

Healthy Pregnancy Yoga and Skincare TipsWith the joys of pregnancy also come the exhaustion, aches and pains. While it’s tempting to kick back on the couch and watch a whole Real Housewives marathon in one sitting, getting active is going to make you feel better, and it’s going to ensure a healthier pregnancy, and ultimately a healthier baby (which of course is the end goal!).

Pregnant yoga instructor, Extra Lifestyle Correspondent and wife to Alec Baldwin, Hilaria Baldwin, is due with her first child, a daughter, at the end of the summer.  Here, she shares her tips for a healthy pregnancy.

How has your workout changed since becoming pregnant?
My cardio softened quite a bit. I still did some spinning and jogging at the beginning, but you have to be careful not to get your heart rate up too high because the baby can’t sweat. Later in my pregnancy, I started swimming more and I do yoga every day. As your belly gets bigger, you have to widen your stance in yoga. If you’re squatting down, you need to make more and more space so your growing belly has room to breathe.

Do you think yoga is something all pregnant women can benefit from?
Some women are on bed rest or have other health considerations, but if your doctor suggests you exercise, then yes, I believe that all pregnant women should do yoga. It’s incredible for hip, lower back and foot pain, restless leg syndrome, circulation, and just the whole body and mind in general. It can also help with the delivery. A strong core and flexibility can really help with labor.

Do you ever think some women focus too much on getting their body back even before they have the baby? What advice would you give women who are worried about their bodies not bouncing back?
My advice is don’t let your body run away from you when you’re pregnant—stay active. I know it’s frightening to not be so thin, especially being someone who’s been thin my entire life. But remember that you’re doing something that is beautiful. You are creating life. It’s your responsibility to take a step back from your vanity for those 40 weeks to do what’s right for your child. Many studies I’ve read have said that exercising (with your doctor’s approval) and not letting your body run away from you promotes the best possible pregnancy and the best health for your child.

Have you seen changes in your skin since you’ve become pregnant?
No, other than a blemish here and there. I think one of the reasons I haven’t really had any problems is because I started moisturizing my skin from day one. Once you become pregnant you think a lot more about your overall health and well-being— your skin included. Olay Ultra Moisture Body Wash has been an incredible addition to my beauty regimen because it is gentle and has shea butter so it keeps the moisturizers on your skin even after the cleansers rinse away. So I never feel dry.

Pregnancy has its perks, but it can also bring on some not-so-attractive side effects (acne, hair loss, indigestion, etc). How do you manage to feel confident and sexy while pregnant?
I work out every day. Not only does that give you endorphins and adrenaline that carries you throughout the entire day, but it also promotes circulation. In an expanding body, staying active keeps everything at bay. During pregnancy your body is supposed to grow and you should embrace that womanly figure. In the end, taking good care of your body makes you feel good as well.

You always look great. What’s your best maternity style secret?
A Pea in the Pod has great jeans. But it’s important to also understand that you don’t have to wear maternity clothes. Most of my clothes aren’t. Recently, I learned that you can wear a skirt as a dress just by adding a belt. It’s the best thing ever!

What’s been the most surprising thing about pregnancy?
Feeling the baby kick! You know from the start that the baby’s going to kick, but when you really feel it, it is such a wonderful and bizarre feeling at the same time. It just makes you cry because you’re so happy. The second most surprising thing is not being able to remember anything. I had no idea about pregnancy brain!

The most exciting?
Getting to know your baby. I haven’t met her on the outside yet, but I feel like I know her so well. I’m at the point now when I’m really getting to interact with her and if I talk, I feel her respond.

The scariest?
There are a lot of medical tests and waiting for test results can be scary, but yoga helps me through that [stress] a lot.

What’s been the most fun for you to buy for the baby?
The gear! We were really excited to get our strollers. We have two: the Bugaboo Chameleon, which I’m really excited about. But I definitely need a tutorial on how to use it—there are so many levers! We also have a Graco stroller and car seat combo. The other thing that I wanted, right from the beginning, was the Mamaroo. My friend had one and her baby was the most content baby ever! It has a car mode, a wave mode, there’s music that plays, and so I immediately went out and bought it, although my husband pointed out that I was only four months pregnant at the time!

What’s the sweetest thing your husband has done for you since you’ve been pregnant?
I had one really crazy pregnancy moment when I wasn’t feeling well and didn’t eat dinner. Around 1 AM, I popped out of bed and said that I needed to eat right then! I had never done that before and I was almost in tears. Alec ran downstairs, but we didn’t have that much food in the house, so he brought up melon and almonds. He just watched me while I inhaled all of it, then went back to sleep.

Have you dropped any hints about a push present?
I didn’t know about push presents until someone explained it to me. Ultimately, my present is the baby. But knowing Alec, he’s very generous and he always spoils me. He’s a total sweetheart, but I’m not really big into presents. She’s the real present, so we’ll put a bow on her!

TELL US: How are you staying fit during your pregnancy?

Image of Hilaria Baldwin courtesy of Olay.

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