|Pregnancy Topics are in-depth reviews of major maternity issues.
Each Pregnancy Topic contains an overview, a discussion of your
options, a summary of results of the best available research about the
safety and effectiveness of these options, and tips and tools that can
help with your decision. This website also contains an extensive
list of Recommended Resources that can help you take action once you
make your decision. |
Inside Pregnancy Topics:
Many commonly cited reasons for induction of labor are not supported by research. Find out about the benefits, risks, and appropriate uses of labor induction, and learn how to make informed choices at the end of pregnancy.
Go to Induction of Labor
Your caregiver affects your entire childbearing year, from the
information you receive to the choices you have. You can learn about
types of caregivers, which one is right for you, and how to find one
Go to Choosing a Caregiver
It is important to make an informed decision about where and how you
will give birth. Different birth settings provide you with different
options for labor and delivery.
Go to Choosing a Birth Setting
Who will help you during labor? Why might you need support? Know what
your options are -- from nurses and midwives, to doulas and partners --
and how to prepare.
Go to Labor Support
Labor pain is often one of the biggest concerns women have about giving
birth. This section thoroughly discusses all aspects of labor pain from
strategies for coping to types of pain relief.
Go to Labor Pain
Cesarean section is on the rise in the U.S. It is important to know
when and why a c-section is necessary or not. Understand your options
using our in depth comparison of cesarean and vaginal birth.
Go to Cesarean Section
This section contains trustworthy information about how to prevent pelvic floor dysfunction when giving birth.
Go to Pelvic Floor Dysfunction
If you have had a cesarean section in the past, you need to understand
the trade-offs between VBAC and repeat c-section. Careful planning can
help you reach your goals for giving birth.
Go to VBAC or Repeat C-Section
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