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In order to develop properly, the fetus must exchange oxygen and carbon dioxide with mom. Oxygen travels through the mother’s heart, lungs, uterus, and placenta finally making its way through the umbilical cord and into the fetus. When the mom exhales, she is releasing carbon dioxide, including what the...

So, what is a birth plan? This is a document that lets your doctors/nurses know what your preferences are for things such as managing your labor pain, etc. Now just because you have this plan in writing doesn’t mean you are in control; it just means your team...

During labor/delivery doctors use special equipment to monitor the baby’s heart rate. This is important so it can detect any variation from the normal pattern. A normal fetal heart rate is a good indication that labor is progressing well, and the baby isn’t in any apparent distress. Although you...