Originally published on Tue March 25, 2014 11:49 am
Hospitals are increasingly giving women the option of going through labor or giving birth in a pool of warm water. Laboring in the tub is fine, the nation's obstetricians and pediatricians say, but there's not enough proof that it's safe to actually give birth in one.
The doctors' statement has raised eyebrows among nurse-midwives, who have been helping women deliver in water for decades in order to ease pain and speed delivery.
Obstetricians perform more cesarean sections when there are financial incentives to do so, according to a new study that explores links between economic incentives and medical decision-making during childbirth.
Our time here on Earth is limited. One day we will all be gone, passing into history. It is something we consciously know, but frequently ignore. Award-winning actor Alan Alda doesn't forget anymore — not after nearly dying on a mountaintop in Chile. You might know Alda from “M*A*S*H” or “The West Wing.” Alda is also the author of “Things I Overheard While Talking to Myself.” Marcie Sillman talked with Alda in 2007 about life, work and not wasting time.
Giving birth in American comes with many options: doctors, doulas, midwives, induction, cesarean. Only very few opt for natural births, a birth with no drugs and little to no intervention. Producer Katy Sewall brings an intimate look at one couple’s decision to go that way.
Paula Poundstone: On Writing, Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder And TV
Paula Poundstone is known for improvising with the audience so well it seems planned. She’s a stand up comedian, winner of an Emmy Award and author of the book “There is Nothing in this Book that I Meant to Say.” In addition to comedy, Poundstone is a mother to three, a regular on television and radio, and a writer. Steve Scher talked with Poundstone back in 2007 about writing her book. Poundstone also answered listener calls.