Inducing Labor

Labor induction (also referred to as inducing labor) is when uterine contractions are stimulated to begin the process of labor during a vaginal birth. Labor induction is not a new practice. In fact, it dates back to Ancient Greece as Hippocrates, who is considered the Father of Medicine, recorded descriptions of dilating the cervical canal.1…

Anesthesia During Childbirth

Anesthesia During Childbirth Childbirth is often welcomed with excitement and joy, but it can also be associated with heightened nerves and immense pain. The pain is mostly caused by the baby being pushed out of the female’s body. As mothers have been giving birth since the beginning of humankind, there have been countless forms of…

Gestational Diabetes

Gestational diabetes is a temporary type of diabetes (different from type 1 and type 2) that occurs in pregnant women. Its onset tends to be around the 24th week of pregnancy. Gestational diabetes occurs when pregnant women, specifically those who have never had diabetes before, experience high blood glucose levels during pregnancy. This condition affects…

Being Pregnant with Twins

Being Pregnant with Twins In roughly 2% of all pregnancies, two offspring result from a single pregnancy, leading to the birth of twins. There are two types of twins–fraternal and identical–that are formed through separate processes taking place during sexual reproduction. The third type of twins–the semi-identical twins–form when two sperm cells fuse with a single…

The Odon Childbirth Device

Overview Jorge Odon, a car mechanic from Argentina, has invented a new low-cost birthing device that may transform modern assisted vaginal delivery. Despite having no experience in the field of obstetrics, Mr. Odon used his passion for invention to build upon a party trick, which allows one to remove a cork from a wine bottle…

My Friend is Pregnant

Disclaimer: We acknowledge that not all pregnant people will remain the parent of their child and that not all parents may have biologically given birth to their child. In this article, we use the term “parent” for the sake of inclusivity and consistency. Finding out that your friend is pregnant can cause a variety of…

Postpartum Depression

Nearly 80% of new mothers experience what is referred to as the “baby blues.”1 The baby blues appear a few days to a week after giving birth, and may manifest as moodiness, irritability, insomnia (problems falling and/or staying asleep), anxiety, or tearfulness.1, 2 Following childbirth, the body goes through significant changes, including a drop in…

Pregnancy by Trimester

Disclaimer: We acknowledge that not all pregnant females will remain the mother of the child and that not all mothers may have biologically given birth to their child. In this article, we use the term “mother” for the sake of simplicity and consistency. Overview Pregnancy lasts about forty weeks when counted from the first day of your last normal period. These weeks…

Tips for a Healthy Pregnancy

Pregnancy can be an incredible time to nurture and care for your soon-to-be child(ren). From the moment of conception, the fetus absorbs all of its nutrients through the placenta. Nutrients and substances that are absorbed the female's body also make their way into the fetus as well. These article outlines some tips to keep in mind to maintain a…