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Why do humans require assistance in childbirth so frequently?

I have always found this fascinating. We are the most intelligent beings on the earth. Still, a rat can give birth to its offspring all by itself, but why is that not happening with humans? Is it just ...
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At what point should I choose to have a c-section?

There is a good history of obstructed births in my family; something to do with pelvises apparently. My grandmother had problems, my mother wasn't able to have any of us 4 without c-sections after ...
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What are the differences between a child who was born vaginally versus via caesarean section?

My son was born by caesarean section, although my wife and I really wanted our son born vaginally. My wife's friend has had two successful vaginal births. She wants the third child to be born by ...
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Why was this c-section necessary?

In a recent delivery in my family, the lady has to undergo an operation. The doctor initially said that the birth will be through normal delivery, but at a very last stage she said: We tried our ...
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What are the chances that my wife will give birth vaginally after having a caesarean section in a previous pregnancy?

My wife is now 4 months into our second pregnancy. Our first child was born via caesarean section. Our doctor told us that since the second child will be born within 2 years of the c-section, the ...
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Do I have to 'push' during birth?

If I get an epidural, I won't feel anything. Can I just lie there peacefully and relax while the baby just slides out on it's own or do I have to push? The pushing part seems so violent, and I'm ...
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Risks and benefits of natural birth

Women have been giving birth naturally throughout history, but what are the risks and benefits to natural birth, i.e. avoiding epidurals and analgesics? Is having a natural birth statistically more or ...
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What constitutes a Birth Plan

My wife and I are expecting our first within the next couple weeks, and while we have made significant preparations, we remain a little confused as to what constitutes a "Birth Plan" We have ...
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Why are women taught to relax as much as possible during childbirth?

Women are advised to try to physically relax during labor, while the cervix is still dilating. That is, to "breath away" the contractions - the puffing thing. Why? Pain is (in my personal experience) ...
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Paternity Leave, How much does the Father need to be home?

I'm trying to collect some opinions on this, because I'm a first time parent and most of my friends don't have kids. Basically, I'm trying to work out how much I will be needed at home during the ...
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what do labor contractions actually feel like?

I know this site is only about Parenting so hope this question is not too far off this site scope. My wife is 37 weeks and 5 days into her pregnancy and till now she just used to have pains similar ...
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Essential things to bring to the hospital

What are the essential things to bring when going into the hospital to give birth? I have a short list of things that I can remember the midwives mentioning, such as a hat and vests for the newborn ...
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Explaining a c-section scar to a toddler

Our 3-year-old son noticed his mother's scar from the cesarean section and wondered what it was. We didn't really give him an answer but diverted his attention instead. Now we're talking about how ...