Rebecca Roberts and her partner, Rhys Weaver, had been trying to conceive for years. So when the pair discovered they were getting not one but two babies — they were elated.
Women give birth in all kinds of ways – in the hospital, vaginally or by C-section, with doulas or midwives, or among family and friends at home. Water births, in particular, have grown in popularity in the U.S. in the past few years as birthing centers and hospitals offer them as a birthing option. They can also be conducted at home in a birth pool filled with warm water.
A mom writes in asking for advice about giving birth during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. This mom is set to be induced in just a few days, and she is “freaking out.” Will she need to wear a mask the entire time? What are the rules about having others in the delivery room? What precautions are being taken by the hospital? What precautions should this mom take? She is looking for advice for anyone who has given birth during this strange time and would love to hear what their experiences have been.
Birth is gruesome. Almost always for the woman giving birth (and the baby, and the doctors and nurses). But occasionally — very occasionally — a woman’s partner has a rightful claim to labor and delivery trauma, and this may be one of those times. A man recently posted on Reddit asking if he was “the a***ole” for abandoning his wife in her hospital shortly after she gave birth… because she’d broken his hand during labor.
A mom writes in asking for advice about speeding up the labor process. She says she is about 39 weeks pregnant. Her doctor informed her that she is currently dilated between 3 and 4 centimeters. She has been having mild contractions. She turns to our community of moms for advice on ways she might naturally help speed the labor process along, though she specifies she’s looking for suggestions other than having sex.