- We are a naked family
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- Live birth: Induction
- We are a naked family
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We are a naked familyBut a month ago, spotting a vodka bottle top on his carpet, I was seized with the fear that he was also drinking not at parties. He was out, so I brazenly opened his desk drawer. And there it was. A small, red, square foil wrapper. My son — the child who squabbles with his sister over the wifi and loses his Zip card once a month — is having sex. I was stunned, but, as reality finally lodged in my head, not surprised. The signs had been flashing neon. Subscription Notification. We have noticed that there is an issue with your subscription billing details. Please update your billing details here. Please update your billing information. The subscription details associated with this account need to be updated. Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your subscription. Your subscription will end shortly. Please update your billing details here to continue enjoying your access to the most informative and considered journalism in the UK. Click here to see more Tap here to see more Tap here to see more. Accessibility Links Skip to content. Log in Subscribe. Saturday November 18
Trafficking's invisible victims: Boys trapped in the sex trade
There are several reasons why your doctor may recommend kickstarting labor. Watch one mom go through the process. Video note: Contains medical situations and nudity. Today, Cheryl — 39 weeks pregnant — has arrived for her scheduled induction at Abington Memorial Hospital, in Abington, Pennsylvania. There are many forms of induction but all have the same goal, says Dr. Richard Carapellotti, Cheryl's obstetrician. Carapellotti: We actually induce contractions. Contractions hopefully will cause cervical dilatation. As the cervix dilates, the labor progresses and ultimately the baby's delivered vaginally. You are a week or more past your due date, and you show no or slow signs of cervical dilation and labor. Cheryl has an antibody in her blood that could harm her baby, so the induction is a precautionary measure to help avoid any problems. There are a number of methods available to medically induce or ripen the cervix to get your labor moving. If your labor needs to be induced, you may be treated with one or more of the following in the hospital:. A foley catheter. Your practitioner may insert a tube with a very small, uninflated balloon at the tip into the opening of your cervix, demonstrated here with this curled-up hand. The balloon is then inflated, which puts pressure on your cervix and amniotic sac. This stimulates the release of prostaglandins — hormones that cause the cervix to open and soften. Prostaglandins are also available as a medication in several forms, including a pill and a gel. Your caregiver will insert the medication into your vagina to help your cervix dilate. Stripping or sweeping the membranes. If your cervix is already somewhat dilated and your body just needs a little help, your practitioner can insert her finger through the cervix and manually separate your amniotic sac from the lower part of your uterus. Rupturing the membranes, more commonly known as breaking your water. This method can be quite effective in accelerating labor but is only performed when the woman has a partially dilated or effaced cervix. Pitocin is the synthetic form of oxytocin, a natural hormone your body produces to bring on labor. Cheryl is receiving Pitocin today since she's only 2 centimeters dilated, her water hasn't broken, and her contractions haven't begun. Your cervix isn't ripe — meaning it isn't softening and thinning or it's showing signs of slow ripening. Doctor: If mom is having some early contractions on her own, the use of Pitocin will work rather quickly — again, if the cervix is favorable. If it's a very, very unfavorable cervix, we can use low-dose Pitocin for even 12 hours before we see any major effects. Narrator: The heart rates of both Cheryl and her baby, and the frequency and length of her contractions, will be continuously monitored. Two and a half hours after starting Pitocin, Cheryl is only 3 centimeters dilated, so her doctor decides it's time to break her water to speed things up.
Live birth: Induction
We didn't do the whole family bed thing. They slept with us in Arm's Reach co-sleepers for the first four months and honestly, although I am sure we probably had sex during that time, I certainly have no memory of it don't tell the Mister; we'll let him go on thinking it was spectacular. There is nothing wrong with having sex while baby snoozes nearbyor even in the same bed unless you're the types who roll around like Roman wrestlers. But the truth is, most people are a little uncomfortable doing the nasty in the same bed, or even the same room, as their babies and small children. Still, needs are needs and sex is an important part of a relationship, so what do all those co-sleepers do? We have friends who did the family bed thing until their oldest was about They never had sex in their bed. Baby number two was conceived in a hot tub chicka chicka bow bow and sometimes, after the kids were asleep, they would sneak off to the couch and get a little action there. But their sex life seriously suffered. To me this sounds like way too big a sacrifice. We bought that nice mattress for two things: sleep and sex. And I am not going to let it go to waste. Plus, to my mind, a healthy, happy marriage is as much a part of a strong family as healthy, secure children. I'm lucky, though. I don't have a big problem with having sex in the same room as my kids. We are blessed with very sound sleepers. It doesn't come up often the kids are in their own roombut I am not too worried about it when it does. If they catch us I can always explain that mommy and daddy were wrestling just like the Romans! We recently did it at family camp. In a cabin. With our kids asleep in bunk beds about six feet away. They slept right through it. It was fun. I am proud. I am also glad we don't have to think about the logistics and geography of our sex life every time the mood strikes. Join now to personalize.
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Video note: Contains medical situations and nudity. Narrator: Samiyyah is the owner of a day spa in Philadelphia. She is 38 weeks pregnant with her second child. Samiyyah: With the first pregnancy, I delivered in a hospital, and it was very restricting, you know, being confined to the bed, not being able to, you know, move when I felt my body wanted me to do certain things. Narrator: For her son Safi's birth, she was given pitocin to speed up labor, an epidural for pain management, and an episiotomy a surgical cut to widen the vaginal opening. This time, she's planning a natural delivery -- without pain medication and other medical interventions -- at a birth center. Samiyyah: Yes, I've been told that I am completely crazy for being, you know, for not having the drugs, but I've been there and I didn't like it, so I figured I would try this. It's healthier for the baby; it's healthier for me. So why not? I mean, women, we were designed to do this. Narrator: Seven days after her due date, Samiyyah's labor kicks into gear. Samiyyah is 3 centimeters dilated, percent effaced, and her water hasn't broken yet, which is common in the first stage of labor. Birth centers offer a more relaxed and intimate alternative to hospitals for women expecting uncomplicated births. Helping her through her first natural birth is her husband, Arvan. Her mother-in-law, Irena, and 6-year-old son Safi are there for support. Samiyyah: We've talked about, you know, what he's gonna see, we've shown him pictures, and I think he'll be okay. Narrator: As her contractions pick up, she starts experiencing painful back labor, typically caused by the baby's head pressing against the lower spine. Samiyyah finds some relief by trying a combination of slow steady breathing, constant deep massaging and counterpressure, spending lots of time in a heated Jacuzzi, and trying different labor positions. Narrator: Her midwife feels it's time to break her water with an amni hook, since she can feel the amniotic sac bulging. This is a common procedure and usually helps speed up the labor process. Samiyyah: I thought it would be painful, but it wasn't at all. Actually it was like a relief of pressure. Narrator: Her contractions now intensify as she starts to feel the urge to push. This is called hard labor or transition. The muscles your body uses to contract are transitioning from dilating the cervix to pushing the baby down and out. Midwife: The intensity of the contractions is increasing, and just a certain force is now really behind that baby coming. Narrator: Though most mothers dilate nearly 8 to 10 centimeters before transitioning, Samiyyah is only 5 centimeters dilated and is having trouble resisting the urge to push. Narrator: Her midwife agrees her body is ready to deliver. Pushing before being fully dilated is uncommon. This is why each caregiver has to manage her patient's labor on an individual basis. The midwife made the right decision, listening to her body. With just 11 minutes of pushing, Arvan and Samiyyah's baby emerges. Narrator: Dad cuts the umbilical cord, and the midwife collects some of the cord blood for routine testing. It's not over yet. The midwife helps deliver the placenta, and a nurse presses on the fundus -- the upper part of the uterus -- to check how much the uterus has contracted. Samiyyah tore along her previous episiotomy line, and her midwife repairs it with stitches, which takes 15 minutes to complete. Narrator: Samiyyah is now breastfeeding and bonding with her baby. Incredibly, in an hour, she is showered up and savoring some well-deserved fettucini Alfredo.