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  • Labor and Delivery

    • Cesarean Section

      Cesarean section or C-section is the surgical delivery of a baby through a cut (incision) made in the mother's abdomen and uterus.

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    • Cord Blood Banking

      Cord blood banking is an option for parents who want to preserve the blood of the umbilical cord and placenta of their baby as "insurance" to help with possible future medical needs of their child.

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    • Delivery

      To get ready for delivery, you may be moved into a birthing room or delivery room. Or you may stay in the same room for both labor and delivery.

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    • Episiotomy

      An episiotomy is an incision through the area between your vaginal opening and your anus. This area is called the perineum. This procedure is done to make your vaginal opening larger for childbirth.

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    • Fetal Heart Monitoring

      Fetal heart rate monitoring measures the heart rate and rhythm of your baby (fetus). This lets your healthcare provider see how your baby is doing.

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    • Labor

      Labor usually starts two weeks before or after the estimated date of delivery. No one knows exactly what triggers the onset of labor.

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  • Problems After Delivery

    • Mastitis

      Detailed information on breastfeeding and mastitis

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    • Postpartum Hemorrhage

      Postpartum hemorrhage is more bleeding than normal after the birth of a baby. About 1 in 100 to 5 in 100 women have postpartum hemorrhage. It is more likely with a cesarean birth. It most often happens after the placenta is delivered, but it can also happen later.

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    • Postpartum Thyroiditis

      Postpartum thyroiditis happens when a woman’s thyroid becomes inflamed after having a baby. It may first cause your thyroid to be overactive. But over time it leads to an underactive thyroid. This affects a small percentage of pregnant women.

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  • Taking Care of Mom