Birth DaySeason 1
While birthdays happen once a year, a birth day happens once in a lifetime. Following the true, personal stories of expectant mothers and fathers, the dramatic events leading up to the birth of their child unfold into life's greatest miracle.
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- 1. Short CervixThis video is currently unavailableJuly 2, 200022minTV-PGFor some women, a condition known as "short cervix" means they can never carry a baby full term, but a procedure known as a "cervical cerclage" can make a difference for many expecting mothers.
- 2. Advanced Maternal AgeThis video is currently unavailableJuly 3, 200022minTV-PGIt may surprise many women, but doctors consider any pregnancy after age 35 to be at higher risk for some complications, but these two women -- one a cancer survivor -- in the medical category known as "advanced maternal age" deliver healthy babies.
- 3. Sickle CellThis video is currently unavailableJuly 6, 200022minTV-PGSickle cell anemia is a life-long chronic and painful medical condition affecting a large percentage of the African-American community in the United States. Doctors at Emory University in Atlanta discuss its effect on pregnant women.
- 4. Natural ChildbirthThis video is currently unavailableAugust 1, 200022minTV-PGMore women are opting for "medically unassisted" childbirth done inside the confines of a medical facility. Certified nurse midwives play an important role in this kind of birth, combining old, natural methods with modern technology.
- 5. Unhealthy MothersThis video is currently unavailableAugust 30, 200022minTV-PGIf mothers-to-be are healthy during pregnancy they are more likely to have healthy babies. Doctors reveal the proof that when women stay healthy while they're pregnant, they can give the best gift possible to their anticipated newborn baby.
- 6. InductionThis video is currently unavailableSeptember 12, 200022minTV-PGBirthing is an individual experience at St. Luke's Roosevelt Hospital. Mothers-to-be choose from a birthing center staffed with nurses and midwives and a more technological approach with the full medical intervention of induction and pain-relief drugs.
- 7. Lung White OutThis video is currently unavailableOctober 18, 200022minTV-PGA genetic condition called lung white out affects a very small percentage of babies. Explore the problems and outcomes associated with this condition.
- 8. 20 Years of BirthingThis video is currently unavailableOctober 19, 200022minTV-PGVisit one hospital to explore how the birthing process has changed dramatically in the last 20 years. A diary of recollections written by mothers who have come through this bustling labor and delivery unit reflects changing times and techniques.
- 9. FathersThis video is currently unavailableOctober 23, 200022minTV-PGFathers go through a range of emotions during labor and delivery. From the squeamish dad to the totally supportive partner, he's there with the mom from beginning to end.
- 10. NICUThis video is currently unavailableOctober 23, 200022minTV-PGExplore two of the most-advanced neonatal intensive care units in the US and follow the stories of three babies who make temporary stops in these units before setting off to join their families at home.
- 11. Pain MedicationsThis video is currently unavailableOctober 25, 200022minTV-PGLearn how women make decisions on treatment to control pain during labor and delivery. From breathing techniques and visualization to a body-numbing epidural, follow four women who use four different ways to control birth pain.
- 12. TwinsThis video is currently unavailableNovember 29, 200022minTV-PGFind out why incidents of multiple births, especially among older woman, continue to rise in the US. Learn the complications associated with delivering twins, and meet two expectant moms, both delivering twins.
- 13. Midwives and DoulasThis video is currently unavailableNovember 29, 200022minTV-PGIn hospitals across the US, doulas and midwives enjoy an increase in demand for their services from mothers during labor and delivery.
- 14. Slowing Down Pre-LaborThis video is currently unavailableMay 27, 200122minTV-PGLearn about pre-term labor and see a patient expecting twins who need as much time as possible to develop properly inside the mother. Learn how doctors use various drugs to slow down the labor and speed up the baby's development.
- 15. Twins AgainThis video is currently unavailableMay 31, 200122minTV-PGA mother has her second set of twins, back to back. Although rare in the US, this woman's family has at least one ancestor with the same occurrence. Find out how genetics plays into the chances of having twins.
- 16. VBACThis video is currently unavailableJune 11, 200122minTV-PGOnce a woman gives birth by C-section, her chances of ever delivering a baby vaginally decrease. But just how much of a decrease, and why? Learn about the issues involved in determining whether a woman can give birth vaginally after having a C-section.
- 17. Birth Center IIThis video is currently unavailableJune 12, 200122minTV-PGGet a behind-the-scenes look at a birthing center with a family who chose to deliver in this unique environment. Learn how birthing moved from home to hospital as medical advances ensured safer births, and see what may have been lost in that transition.
- 18. Dad's Role in BirthThis video is currently unavailableJune 19, 200122minTV-PGDoctors and other medical staff are urging fathers to take a more active role in the whole birth experience. Learn about research that shows that fathers can have a calming impact on the mother and baby.
- 19. Second C-SectionsThis video is currently unavailableSeptember 10, 200122minTV-PGComplications arise when a C-section, already considered major surgery, must be performed on a Chinese woman with no medical records. Doctors must take extra precautions to insure a healthy outcome for both mother and child.
- 20. Advanced Maternal AgeThis video is currently unavailableSeptember 20, 200122minTV-PGForty-something Patricia and husband Jose are expecting their first baby since losing their two children in a car accident. Patricia's gestational diabetes may be causing macrosomia, a condition that causes the fetus to grow unusually large.
- 21. Uterine Surgery and a BirthThis video is currently unavailableSeptember 12, 200222minTV-PGSix weeks pregnant, Morshica's abdomen grew to the size of a full term pregnancy in a matter of days. Doctors perform surgery to remove a huge fibroid growing on the outside of her uterus. She makes it to term. See the complicated surgical delivery.
- 22. ChorioamnionitisThis video is currently unavailableSeptember 26, 200222minTV-PGA mom has a high fever and painful contractions. She has a serious infection of the placenta and amniotic fluid known as chorioamnionitis. She needs an emergency c-section to save her baby. A Spanish-speaking mother is helped through premature labor.
- 23. Stress During PregnancyThis video is currently unavailableOctober 6, 200222minTV-PGAn expecting mom deals with stress after her husband is in a serious car accident. Stress has been linked to low birth weight and birth defects. Another mom worries about her ability to carry her baby to term. Both moms deliver healthy babies.
- 24. Pulmonary HypertensionThis video is currently unavailableNovember 3, 200222minTV-PGPulmonary hypertension has doctors monitoring Denise's labor very closely. The pain stresses her heart, but an epidural is incompatible with her heart medication. Delivery progresses smoothly, but her newborn must go to the NICU with mild pneumonia.
- 25. Uterine Prolapse/MeconiumThis video is currently unavailableNovember 10, 200222minTV-PGThird babies prove to be the trickiest deliveries for these two moms. When Karla's water breaks, her fluid is stained greenish-brown with meconium. Due to a uterine prolapse during a previous delivery, Mende must deliver number three via c-section.
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