According to the National Center for Health Statistics, 7% of pregnant women in the United States smoke cigarettes at some point during their pregnancy. That may seem like a low enough number, but it is important to point out that this is
Yesterday we talked about the value of birth plans. For most low-risk women, writing a birth plan is an easy task. But women at high obstetric risk may find the task more difficult due to unwanted recommendations intended to improve their safety.
There seems to be a level of mythology associated with birth plans. On one hand are the advocates who insist the birth plan is a valuable tool to ensure the desired birth experience. On the other hand are the nurses whose experience