Girl Living with Half a Face; Parenting Children with Special Needs
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Duped into a C-Section?
While Jennifer was pregnant with her first child, doctors opted to perform a cesarean section when the baby was found in a breached position. Now, pregnant with her second child, Jennifer says she is finding it difficult to find an obstetrician who will deliver her baby vaginally.

The 36-year-old mom says she believes that old-fashioned greed may be motivating doctors to perform a major operation that isn't always medically necessary. 

"I feel that doctors are pushing C-sections more, because having a C-section is more profitable," Jennifer explains.

A recent study published by the National Bureau of Economic Research — which hypothesizes that OBs  perform more C-sections when there are financial reasons to do so — might bolster her claim .

The Doctors say that typically, OBs don't make that much more money performing C-sections, but hospitals can pocket thousands in higher anesthesia fees and longer hospital stays.

"It's not something I like to hear as an OB-GYN, that there's anything other than medical issues driving a decision for a major operation," OB-GYN Dr. Jennifer Ashton says.


Jennifer opens up about her pregnancy difficulities.


Find out if a vaginal birth is possible after a C-section. 


Dr. Ashton demonstrates how to perform an emergency C-section. Plus, get labor tips.

Girl With Half a Face Fights Back
When Sarah's parents brought their newborn daughter home from the hospital, they were overcome with joy. But at 8 months old, Sarah's face began to change. A large tumor grew along the right side of her face, pulling down her mouth and partially closing her right eye.

Sarah, now 17, has neurofibromatosis, a genetic disorder that disturbs cell growth in the nervous system, causing tumors to form on nerve fibers. There is no known cure for NF.

Not only was Sarah's face transformed by tumors, but socially, Sarah was being bullied by her peers — who called her "fat face," "ugly" and "monster" — and even strangers, who warned others to stay away from the young woman.

Find out how Sarah fought back against bullying, and what popular country song gave her the words with which to speak out. And, Sarah recently underwent surgery to remove the tumor. See how the procedure has changed her life.

Family Beats Insurmountable Odds
When Jessica met Victor, she was excited to become a stepmom to Victor's son, Zachery. But she also wanted more children, so she was overjoyed when she became pregnant with their son, Jaden.

But the joy changed to concern, when Jaden was born prematurely at 25 weeks, and two years later, was diagnosed with cerebral palsy. Caused by an abnormality or disruption in brain development, cerebral palsy affects a person's ability to move and maintain balance and posture. Now 4, Jaden's muscle tone changes from day to day. Some days he can't walk at all and needs to be carried everywhere.

Jessica got pregnant again, this time with daughter Aubrey, but she was also born early and suffers from immune system issues, asthma and allergies.

Taking care of two special needs children full-time would stress anyone out — and that's exactly what happened to Jessica.
 


Jessica reveals what happened w hen parenting two special needs children became too much.


Find out w
hat can cause your heart to start beating dangerously fast — and the first thing you should do if it happens to you. 

Check out the family enjoying their much-needed gift!

Seeing Green?
Dermatologist Dr. Jeremy Green joins The Doctors to provide skin tips for poison ivy and nail fungus that will keep you in the pink of health!


Can you identify poison ivy? And, how do you keep the nasty rash from spreading?


Find out what causes green nails. Plus, what unpleasant procedure might a doctor have to perform to correct the condition?

 

Healthy Aging for Women
Carole, 49, says she used to have an "incredible" sex life, but since she started menopause, she says intercourse has become so painful that she feels she has to endure it, rather than enjoy it. 

Painful sex, or dyspareunia, is a common symptom of menopause. It causes a persistent or recurrent genital pain that occurs just before, during or after intercourse. Vaginal thinning and dryness are the most common cause of dyspareunia. And it can get worse if left untreated.

OB-GYN Dr. Ricki Pollycove explains that women need to speak up about the pain they are experiencing. Learn more about the options for treating this common condition.

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