Is My Baby Too Big to Deliver Vaginally?

A woman’s body is designed to deliver babies, but is there a point where a baby can be too big to deliver naturally? The average newborn weighs in at about 7 lbs. 8 oz. Obstetricians and midwives measure your fundal height (distance from the top of your uterus to your pubic bone) each time you go … [Read more...]

Contractions: Braxton Hicks, Prodromal Labor or the Real Thing?

It can be very difficult for women – even those that have gone through labor before – to figure out if the contractions they’re experiencing are “real” labor or not. Not only is every woman different, but every pregnancy and labor is different. So just when you think you’ve got it all figured … [Read more...]

Understanding the Apgar Score

Just after a baby is born, a doctor, midwife or nurse performs a quick test on the newborn and gives he or she an Apgar score. The test is typically completed one minute after birth and again five minutes later. The goal is to evaluate the baby’s health and determine if he or she requires any … [Read more...]

What is Umbilical Cord Prolapse?

Umbilical cord prolapse occurs when the umbilical cord falls through the cervix to the birth canal before the baby does. This complication can occur both during pregnancy and during labor, potentially causing a serious threat to the baby. The umbilical cord is the baby’s lifeline, so when … [Read more...]

Go Time! Stages of Labor and What to Expect

Labor experiences are different for every woman, and can even be vastly different for every pregnancy. How quickly and smoothly the process goes depends on a lot of different factors, like whether or not you’re a first-time mom or a pro. Even though each birth can be so different, all women go … [Read more...]

Vaginal Birth After Cesarean: Risks and Tips for VBAC Success

Many women who end up having an unplanned c-section decide they want to try for a vaginal birth with their next delivery, known as a VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean). Although VBAC is a often little riskier than cesarean birth, many women can still successfully deliver vaginally after previous … [Read more...]

Medicated vs. Natural Birth: Making an Informed Decision

There are many different decisions a woman has to make when she finds out she’s expecting; it’s easy to get overwhelmed. Which things should I avoid? Which medications are safe to take? Will my baby breastfeed or bottle-feed? And, of course, one of the most difficult and controversial decisions: … [Read more...]

Spotlight on North Florida Regional Women’s Center Maternity

At All About Women, our obstetricians and midwives are proud to partner with North Florida Regional Women's Center to provide our expecting moms with excellent labor and delivery support. Today, we thought we would take a look at what makes this Gainesville hospital so spectacular. Labor and … [Read more...]

Labor or Not? Learn About Braxton Hicks Contractions

For a pregnant woman, waiting for a new baby can be like a kid waiting for Santa Claus – the anticipation (and growing discomfort) can make the last few weeks of pregnancy seem never-ending. What’s more, there’s no sure date when baby will come. Instead, expectant moms have to wait for “signs” … [Read more...]

Epidurals and Other Pain Med Alternatives to Ease Labor

It may be getting close to that day when your beautiful bundle of joy is expected to arrive.  That’s when the questions and buzz about pain relief begin to arise.  Will you have an epidural? What other type of pain medications are out there to help ease the discomfort of childbirth? Before the … [Read more...]