Labor & Birth Related Articles & Blog Posts

  • Or as I called it - no

    10 Things that Surprised me about Having a Baby – Number 10 & a Bonus

    This week I have shared the ten biggest surprises I had after having my twins in 2008. Today we finally talk about number ten, the biggest surprise. I’ve also added a bonus surprise to the end…”end” being the appropriate word for it.     10. Oh, goodbye, shame. I don’t think we shall ever meet […]

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  • Because They Are Ladies

    Post-baby surprises – Numbers 8 & 9

    This week I’ve been going through my list of ten things I learned after having a baby that no one told me before I went into the hospital. I’ve already told you about numbers 1 through 7 over the past few days. Today, let’s talk about numbers 8 and 9. 8. My boobs don’t put […]

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  • Surgical Staples

    10 Things I Didn’t Know about Having a Baby – Numbers 6 & 7

    This week on Dr.Greene.com, I am sharing ten things that I didn’t know would happen right after I had a baby. On Monday I shared numbers 1 and 2, and yesterday I shared numbers 3 through 5. Today, I’ve got numbers 6 and 7 for you. 6. Then they pull out the staples?! Here’s a […]

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  • The Worst Massage Ever

    10 Post-baby Surprises – Numbers 3-5

    Yesterday I began sharing my list of ten things that I didn’t know about the first few days after having a baby. Today, I give you numbers 3, 4 and 5. 3. Please excuse me, but something has left my body via my vagina. I had no idea that after they took out the babies, […]

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  • Childbirth 10 things I didn't know about having a baby

    After-birth: 10 things I didn’t know about having a baby

    Childbirth classes were something I didn’t consider to be optional when I was pregnant. With my Type A personality and the fact that I am someone who would always rather know the ugly truth than a pleasant lie, you’d better believe I was in that class with pen in hand taking notes. Plus I was […]

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  • Dr. Greene discussing the optimal cord clamping

    The most important 90 seconds in EVERY pregnancy

    Did you know that much of your baby’s blood is outside of it’s body at the moment of birth? And, that in the United States and Europe, this blood will never make it to your child? You read that right, the umbilical cord in most births in 1st-world nations is cut before your baby has received […]

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  • Skin to Skin After a C-Section

    Skin to Skin After a C-Section

    In the United States Cesarean sections are performed on about a third of women giving birth, more than in any other country. The routine practice after surgery is to separate the mother and baby which interferes with skin-to-skin contact. Even after a C-section, there are many benefits to having mom hold her baby as early […]

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  • What is skin to skin

    What is Skin to Skin Care?

    The most classic definition of ‘Skin-to-Skin Care’ (which is the same as ‘Kangaroo Care’) refers specifically to sessions of 60 minutes of continuous touch between baby and mom in the first moments, hours and days after baby is born. First, baby is placed on mother’s chest immediately after birth, where the cascade of normal hormonal […]

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  • 90 Seconds to Change the World

    90 Seconds to Change the World

    Tick tock. Tick tock. TICC TOCC. At the moment of birth, only about 2/3 of the baby’s blood is in the baby. The remaining third is still in the umbilical cord and placenta. During the third stage of labor, which lasts from the delivery of the baby to the delivery of the placenta, the cord […]

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  • How to Have a Better VBAC – Part 2

    How to Have a Better VBAC – Part 2

    Get Yourself a Doula. Trained labor support is worth its weight in gold, especially through a VBAC.  If your previous birth ended in a cesarean after a long, hard labor – or, if you never got to labor at all – you may need an experienced support person present through your VBAC to help keep […]

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