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As you are preparing for the birth of your baby, you may be overwhelmed by the array of delivery options. Whatever form of delivery you would like - whether it's a medication-free home birth or a scheduled c-section - the goal is the same: a healthy baby. The following articles will help educate you about the array of delivery options and help you choose the one that's right for you.




Choosing an OB or Midwife
Think about which options in pregnancy and childbirth are important to you so that you can find a healthcare provider who shares your birth philosophy. Read the article


Cord Blood Banking
Parents have the choice, immediately after the birth of their baby, to preserve their baby's cord blood for use by their own family, or donate it to a public bank (if available), or to throw it away. Read the article


Doula
A doula can provide supplemental or primary physical and emotional support, as well as information about pregnancy and babies to mothers before, during, and following childbirth. Read the article


Enema
The theory behind giving an enema in early labor is that emptying the bowels before delivery eliminates the possibility of waste matter in the rectum hindering the baby's descent through the birth canal and prevents contamination of the sterile birthing field. Read the article


Epidural
Having an epidural during labor allows you to be fully conscious and aware of the entire labor and delivery experience, with a minimal amount of discomfort. Read the article


Episiotomy
Doctors generally perform episiotomies to speed delivery and prevent the vagina from tearing, especially during a first vaginal delivery. Read the article


Expanded Newborn Screening
According to the Save Babies Through Newborn Screening Foundation, Inc., six babies are born everyday in the U.S. alone that have disorders detectable through newborn screening, but go undetected because the disorders aren't included in most routine newborn screening tests. Read the article


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