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"…

    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…

    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'v…

    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 bo…

    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 ple…

    Video player Headshot of Dr. Alan Greene for The most important 90 seconds in every pregnancy.
    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,…

    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…

    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, h…

    90 Seconds to Change the World
    90 Seconds to Change the World

    Tick tock. Tick tock. TICC TOCC. The difference 90 seconds can make. 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 p…

    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 …

    How to Have a Better VBAC – Part 1
    How to Have a Better VBAC – Part 1

    Before you even get pregnant, start searching out a supportive VBAC provider. Simply asking your provider if they support VBAC may not be enough. The answer may be flatly no, but it could also be "Yes…

    My VBAC Birth Story
    My VBAC Birth Story

    In the nearly two years since my VBAC (Vaginal Birth After Cesarean), I have had the pleasure of bearing witness to a plethora of other VBAC stories through my connection to the birth community. Many …

    Breastfeeding and Epidurals
    Breastfeeding and Epidurals

    I think that all women who have had epidurals deserve breastfeeding support during their babies' first week of life. Of course, a lactation consultant can be a great idea for any new mother, but recen…

    Vaginal Birth Reduces Allergies
    Vaginal Birth Reduces Allergies

    One of the benefits of vaginal birth is the gift of Mom's beneficial bacteria to the baby. Normally, these quickly take up residence in the newborn's gut. Cesarean sections can be life-saving interven…

    Dad and new baby - Cephalohematoma
    Cephalohematoma

    Dr. Greene's Answer: A cephalohematoma is a collection of blood under the scalp that usually comes from birth trauma. It's more common after a vacuum is used for delivery but can happen with any deliv…

    How Dangerous is Meconium Aspiration?

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Meconium, the dark-green tarry substance that fills a baby's intestines up until birth, is a mixture of hair, cells, enzymes, blood, mucus, and other secretions. Meconium is steri…

    The Marvels of Meconium

    Dr. Greene's Answer: Kimberly, by the end of your fourth week of pregnancy, your little baby already had a beating heart. By eight weeks she had toes and elbows, eyelids and ear lobes -- she even had …