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Questions tagged [birth]

The process of giving birth to a child, including questions about the mode of delivery, but also preparations for or the immediate aftermath of a child's birth. For questions about newborns specifically, use [newborn].

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Is it appropriate to say “Congratulations” to premature parents?

I already said "Congratulations", via text message, to my friend who's wife just gave birth to a girl at 25 weeks. Assuming that everything is ok, or at least going well given the situation, is it OK ...
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Can wife and I handle pre/post our baby birth problems without our parents' help?

I currently work in an IT firm and my wife stays at home. She is thinking of going back to her hometown in 8th month to stay and give birth to our first baby. She thinks it requires her parents' (...
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Laws Regarding Newborn Care at a Hospital [closed]

I am a new dad to be, this July! A friend of mine had her first born son in a hospital. As soon as he was born, they forcefully whisked him from her to run lab tests and so on. A few hours later, they ...
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giving birth at home— how to deal with an older child?

we're expecting our second child and -- as with number one -- we're planning on staying at home for child labour and birth. I have a good midwife and there's no medical reason to go to a hospital. ...
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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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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 already.....
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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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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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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 ...
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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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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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Arguments for/against same birthday for siblings?

My son is born on October 1st three years ago. My wife is pregnant again and the calculated delivery date is October 22nd. Both children are boys, 3 years apart. We might end in a situation where the ...
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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 ...