What Causes Premature Birth?

Posted on July 20, 2016 By

Premature birth is the birth of a baby before 37 weeks of gestation. There are many factors that may combine to cause early birth, and it’s not always possible to say exactly what caused a pregnancy to end early. Causes of premature birth can be split into main three categories — birth where labor happens…

11 Premature Birth Risk Factors

Posted on July 19, 2016 By

Thinking about the risks of having a premature baby usually isn’t a mom-to-be’s immediate reaction to a pregnancy test turned positive. When you find out that you’re expecting, there are much more exciting things to do: Choosing nursery decorations, registering for all things baby, picking a name and planning a homecoming party are all parts…

What Kinds of Complications May Occur During Labor and Delivery?

Posted on July 19, 2016 By

When Do Complications Occur in Labor and Delivery? Complications in labor and delivery are relatively rare, but they can occur to any mother, in any birth setting, with any practitioner. While most complications can be managed quickly and easily, some have the potential to cause serious outcomes for mother, child, or both.

Pregnancy Complications

Posted on July 18, 2016 By

While the vast majority of pregnancies are uncomplicated, the entire system of prenatal care is designed to screen for potential complications and to help prevent those complications that can be prevented. Through the system of checking your blood pressure, your urine, your blood, your weight, measuring your fundus (top of the uterus), and a variety…

Oligohydramnios – Low Amniotic Fluid Volume

Posted on July 16, 2016 By

Amniotic fluid is the watery cushion that surrounds your baby in pregnancy. It provides space for the baby to grow in the uterus and provides protection for the umbilical cord to protect it from being compressed in the uterus. After about the halfway point in pregnancy, the amniotic fluid comes from a combination of the…