Creating a baby together is nothing short of a miracle – and will be one of the most important decisions of your life. Your baby is created from two cells – and with much cell division and growth they develop into a miniature person. In order to give your baby the best opportunity in life, make sure your body is in optimal condition before you fall pregnant.
It’s never too early to start planning a pregnancy. Ideally, you should plan your pregnancy at least 3 – 6 months in advance. This will allow you to prepare for a healthy conception and pregnancy. A physical check-up by your doctor and a routine PAP smear is advisable to ensure that your body provides the healthiest environment in which to grow your baby.
In this Evidence Based Birth® article, we will cover how many people give birth at age 35 and older, the risks of pregnancy at age 35 and older, and the history, guidelines, and research on induction and planned Caesarean for advanced maternal age.
Why is this important?
Over the past four decades, there has been a dramatic increase in the number of people giving birth at age 35 and older. In the United States, this increase started in the mid-1970s and has continued to steadily rise over time. In 2018, 18% of birthing people were 35 and older, up from 15% in 2013, 11% in 2002 and 8% in 1990. Meanwhile, the overall U.S. birth rate per 1 000 females aged 15-44, as well as the teen birth rate and the birth rate for people in their twenties, are at record lows
Culturally, women have been taught to go with the flow, to not speak up, and not to go against the grain and/or authority. The culture in many parts of the world is rapidly changing, but there is still so much work to do to unravel and change the narrative.
Around the time of pregnancy and childbirth, pregnant people encounter many situations with care providers during which there are opportunities to speak up, whether to ask questions or to decline a procedure. This is important to recognize, since unfortunately, many care providers perform outdated and unnecessary routine procedures in the course of prenatal and childbirth care, and in many cases, they are done without informed consent. Below is a shortlist of routine procedures that often are presented as required, but usually are not. It is your right to question, to ask for time and/or more information before deciding, and to say no.
Yelly Sarah Coulibaly never expected that downloading the Count the Kicks app to monitor her baby’s movements during pregnancy would help save her daughter’s life. Yelly Sarah, a resident of Overland Park, Kansas, USA, received a Count the Kicks brochure from her provider at her 28-week prenatal appointment and started using the Count the Kicks app right away to track her daughter Eva’s movements.
This video explores skin-to-skin contact, a practice at the heart of the Baby Friendly standards which supports feeding and relationship-building. Skin-to-skin contact as soon as possible after the birth is a special time for mother and baby and is a fantastic opportunity to help them both recover from the birth and to get to know each other through all the senses.
Breastmilk is the best nutrition for all babies, but the benefits of breastmilk are even greater for infants in neonatal intensive care (NICU).
This is why UC San Diego Health encourages every mom to pump milk for their infant in the NICU. The Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition (SPIN) program is here to help mothers produce sufficient breast milk for their premature infants.
As a mother, you may find that breastfeeding is a challenge. You are not alone. Many mothers need guidance and support.
The Supporting Premature Infant Nutrition (SPIN) program was developed to address the challenges of helping mothers produce sufficient breastmilk for their premature infants and to improve the manner in which neonatal intensive care units support optimal nutrition and growth in their most vulnerable population of patients
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes the handsome couple pushing the baby carriage.
And they lived happily ever after, right? Not always.
As wonderful as it is to bring home a newborn, marital researchers consider the birth of a first baby to be the biggest challenge spouses face. According to recent studies by psychologist John Gottman, founder of the Relationship Research Institute in Seattle and the leading international researcher on why marriages succeed or fail, almost 70 percent of couples experience a decrease in marital satisfaction during the first year of baby’s life.
Some parents feel instant, overwhelming joy the first time they meet their babies. For others, that emotional connection is less immediate.
“The bonding experience is really different for everybody,” says Sally Manion, a certified nurse-midwife at Northwest Hospital Midwives Clinic. “We hear a wide range of stories from ‘The moment the baby was put on my belly, I just fell in love’ to, ‘What is this wet, screaming thing they just put on me?’”
Sally explains how bonding works, how it can benefit both parents and babies, and why it can sometimes take longer to develop that connection.
Although the overall risk of severe illness is low, pregnant people and recently pregnant people are at an increased risk for severe illness from COVID-19 when compared to non-pregnant people.
Having certain underlying medical conditions, and other factors, including age, can further increase a pregnant or recently pregnant (for at least 42 days following end of pregnancy) person’s risk for developing severe COVID-19 illness.
Pregnant people with COVID-19 are also at increased risk for preterm birth (delivering the baby earlier than 37 weeks) and might be at increased risk for other poor pregnancy outcomes.