Health: Baby Bulletins

My wife and I are expecting our first baby, and like all parents-to-be, we're struck by the volume of advice coming our way--some good, some not. So it was nice to learn of two new recommendations we can count on.

Labor is a famously painful thing, and for 30 years epidurals--painkilling spinal injections--have made it easier. But some people are worried that an epidural given too early can slow labor and increase the odds of a caesarean birth. A recent study in the New England Journal of Medicine, however, found that women who receive an epidural before their cervix is dilated...

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