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Labor Complications

Occasionally complications will arise before or during labor. Here is what you need to know about basic complications and how they are dealt with during labor. Including shoulder dystocia, reasons for cesareans and more.

Why You Might Need Antibiotics in Labor
A look at some of the reasons that you might need antibiotics in your labor and delivery.

Complications of Labor - Placenta Previa, Postpartum Hemorrhage, Cord Around the
Complications of labor are relatively rare, but it is important to know the basics before labor so that you have a working knowledge should anything happen during your labor and birth.

Common Interventions Used in Childbirth
The interventions used in labor and birth can be scary if you're not aware of what's going on. Here is a way to educate yourself before labor or inductions about some common interventions like IVs, breaking your water, forceps, vacuum extraction and others.

Is the Cord Around the Baby's Neck at Birth a Problem?
What does it mean to say that the cord is around the baby's neck? How does this effect the baby or the birth?

Meconium is a normal substance in your newborn. Learn how this green tar can cause problems before birth and after for your baby.

Postpartum Hemorrhage
Information on postpartum hemorrhage (PPH), or severe bleeding after birth. Learn what you can do to help prevent this risk and what you should know if it happens to you.

Shoulder Dystocia
Information on a very scary but potentially life threatening complication that can occur during labor and birth.

Fetal Distress in Labor and Delivery
A look at baby's well being during labor and delivery.

Birth Injury
Birth injury or birth trauma can happen, usually after a complicated cesarean or vaginal delivery.

Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE)
A look at the basics of Amniotic Fluid Embolism (AFE).

6 Ways to Speed Up Stalled Labor
Sometimes labor goes really slowly. Sometimes labor stalls. What do you need to know about speeding up a stalled labor?

Did your baby have the cord around the neck?
A cord around the neck happens at about 30+% of all births. Did you experience this at your baby's birth?

Why did you have antibiotics in labor?
Sometimes women in labor need antibiotics. It might be because of Group B Strep (GBS), or because of a fever. There are many reasons you might need antibiotics.

Umbilical Cord Prolapse
A look at what an umbilical cord prolapse is and how it effects your pregnancy and birth.

Did you have a spinal headache after birth?
Spinal headaches are not super common, but when they happen after you've had a baby, it's bad news and painful. Here are some moms sharing their stories.

Preterm Labor and Birth in the News
Recently some new studies have shown that even slightly premature infants are at a higher risk of death in the first year and that multiple doses of steroids for lung developments aren't necessary.

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