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When you are overdue…

Overdue (also called post-date) refers to a pregnancy that has gone beyond the generally accepted 42 weeks from the last menstrual period. It only refers to the expected due date, it does not suggest anything about the health of the mother or

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Fast Labor

A Fast Labor, also known as a precipitous birth, is a labor that lasts less than three hours. A fast labor is not an emergency situation since generally a fast labor means everything is working perfectly.

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Emergencies in Labor and Childbirth

Certain situations endanger the life of the baby or the mother. Although these emergencies are very rare, it is important that informed parents understand what these terms mean so they can respond quickly.

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What is Fetal Distress?

Also called fetal distres or non-reassuring fetal status, the theory of fetal distress is this: Neurological damage occurs when the baby’s brain is deprived of oxygen. Lack of oxygen to the brain can be recognized by patterns in the baby’s heart rate.

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Feeling Discouraged during Labor

A discouraged mother has lost her enthusiasm and desire to give birth naturally. She may feel depressed or defeated. A mother who is fatigued during labor may be more likely to become discouraged. In labor, a mother may become discouraged if she

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Breech Position as a Labor Challenge

The most common position for a baby to be in during labor is called the vertex, or head down position. A breech baby is not head down, but rather feet or buttocks down. There are three different breech positions a baby can

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Abuse Survivors and Childbirth

While a history of abuse is not a challenge caused by labor, it can make labor more challenging. The following is an interview with a reader who chose to share her story so others may be better prepared.

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Pre-pregnancy Obesity and Risks

We have been discussing pre-pregnancy obesity, and today we turn our attention to the effects of obesity on pregnancy.  Before we begin, I just want to make sure we recognize the difference between pre-pregnancy obesity and excess gestational weight gain. Both bring

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Pre-Pregnancy Obesity

I promised last month to come back to our discussion about obesity and midwifery, and I am keeping that promise. Our discussion is going to stay focused on pre-pregnancy obesity, and we will start today by discussing the increase in obesity.  Tomorrow