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Whoa: This Doctor Delivered a Baby on FaceTime!

Tuesday, March 17th, 2015

Surprise birth storiesIt’s been quite a week for surprise birth stories that inspire chills and nail biting.

Yesterday, I wrote about a mom who didn’t realize she was so close to delivery—and ended up having her baby in the shower. (She named the baby Miracle, and both mom and newborn are doing fine.) That got me reminiscing about some other surprise birth stories I’ve covered, including the viral GoPro video that showed a mom’s delivery on the sidewalk in front of the hospital, which still causes my heart rate to quicken.

Today’s story is somewhat less shocking in that Newark, New Jersey, mom Keyanna Rivera was actually in a medical facility when her water broke… but she had just come for an office visit, and her doctor was not in the building!

With her ob-gyn finishing up a surgery at a facility about 20 minutes away, the doctor ended up resorting to FaceTime to supervise her medical assistants in delivering the baby, Yahoo! Parenting reports. Obstetrician Meena Devalla literally used the app to tell the team where to clamp, and what safety measures to observe. The whole thing was over within 30 minutes—and everyone is doing fine. Let’s file that one under “Isn’t technology amazing?!”

In one similarity to yesterday’s case, the Newark mom was also delivering her fourth baby, which could be one reason why it all happened so fast.(It’s called precipitous labor, btw.)

Duly noted. Consider the FaceTime story just one more reason to keep that phone fully charged at all times if you’re close to your due date!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Labor & Delivery: Signs of Real vs. False Labor
Labor & Delivery: Signs of Real vs. False Labor
Labor & Delivery: Signs of Real vs. False Labor

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Surprise! Mom Gives Birth in the Shower

Monday, March 16th, 2015

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I’ve written here about some pretty shocking surprise birth stories—most memorably, the viral video that showed a mom’s delivery on the sidewalk in front of the hospital. (It still gives me chills.)

In that case, the mom thought she had just a bit more time to make it inside, and was off by only moments. But in the latest surprise delivery story, a mom miscalculated her due date by a good six months!

Iowa mom Brittany Young knew she was pregnant, but thought she was about three months along, reports The Des Moines Register. So when she got a stomachache, she took some Tylenol, and went to lay down for a rest. But later that night, the pain came back so she got in the shower to try to soothe it… and only an instant later she felt the need to push!

Moments later she gave birth to a 6 pound 8 ounce baby girl, measuring in at 19 inches long. She named the baby Miracle.

This was the 24-year-old mom’s fourth baby, and Michael Cardwell, M.D., a perinatologist at Mercy Medical Center, where Young and her baby were taken after medics arrived at her home, told the newspaper that some women can go into labor very quickly after having that many children. The condition is known as precipitous labor.

The paper reports that the young mom recently moved her kids to flee a “troubled family life” in Illinois, and checked into a hospital for a broken nose in January. There, the doctors asked her if she could be pregnant—and a test revealed she was indeed. Young describes hearing the hospital staff say “12 weeks” and figuring she was only that far along—but says she apparently misunderstood, and perhaps the staff meant to indicate she actually had 12 weeks remaining in the pregnancy.

Read more about the crazy places moms have given birth!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Labor & Delivery: Labor & Delivery Timeline
Labor & Delivery: Labor & Delivery Timeline
Labor & Delivery: Labor & Delivery Timeline

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The Surprising Sex-Related Side Effect of C-Sections

Friday, January 23rd, 2015

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When I was preparing for my scheduled C-section, there were plenty of details I considered. When would I be able to lift heavy things again? What would my scar be like?

But a new study suggests there’s a whole other facet to C-section recovery that most people would never even think to consider: painful postbaby sex!

Yes, it turns out that cesarean delivery is associated with persistent pain during or after sex, a condition known as dyspareunia. This is according to a new study, which sought to investigate which factors contributed to such pain. It also looked into breastfeeding, fatigue, postpartum depression, and even abuse.

More than 1,200 first-time mothers across Melbourne, Australia participated in the study. Most of those women who had resumed having sex by 12 months postpartum said they experienced pain the first time they did so after having their babies, and close to a fourth of those women still reported pain at 18 months postpartum.

But women in the group who had an emergency cesarean section, vacuum extraction, or elective C-section had double the risk of pain during or after sex at 18 months postpartum as women who had spontaneous vaginal births with intact perineums or unsutured tears.

Call it the painful side effect of surgery no one told you about (until now)!

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Alesandra Dubin is a new twin mom. She’s also a Los Angeles-based writer and the founder of home and travel blog Homebody in Motion. Follow her on Facebook, Instagram, Google+ and Twitter.

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Sex After Baby: Surprising Things No One Told You About Sex After Baby
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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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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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