A birth doula can provide much needed emotional support as someone the woman has come to know over the course of several weeks or months, as well as guidance to help her get through the challenging parts of labor and birth. The doctor, typically the woman’s obstetrician, plays more of a clinical role, but can also be very encouraging and supportive emotionally.
Women are starting families later. But the main force behind the trend is a dramatic drop in births to teens. That drove up the average age at which women give birth to their first child to 26.3 years in 2014, from 24.9 years in 2000, according to data released Thursday from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Welcome Babymoon! Now that’s just a fancy word for a short holiday for expectant couples, usually scheduled somewhere between morning sickness easing off and getting close to the birth or you getting too big to want to go anywhere. This is often a last chance opportunity for parents-to-be to pack a small bag and head off somewhere without needing to worry about anything but themselves. Now, what to pack!?
Although there have been cases of Zika reported in the United States, these cases were acquired abroad. Transmission of Zika in the United States is likely to occur, however, there is no clear estimate of the amount of cases expected.
It seems kind of weird that you’d get tested for sexually-transmitted infections (STIs) when you’re pregnant, but that’s exactly what doctors are recommending now. Why? Certain STIs can be transferred to the baby if they’re left untreated—and can have serious repercussions.