By Christian Dashiell, Jan 24, 2022

Granted, there’s a limit to how much you can control stress when it comes to labor and delivery. Kecia Gaither, M.D., director of perinatal services in the Bronx’s NYC Health + Hospitals/Lincoln, has been present at hundreds of births, and she’s seen just how different they can be from person to person. “You never know when it will occur. It can begin innocuously and end up in an emergent situation. Or vice versa,” she says. That unpredictability is a pressure cooker for anxiety.

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