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Due Date Club of April 2014

Pregos!

Are you carrying on like normal? My family keeps planning stuff and I just don't want to do anything...

Due Date Club of October 2014

Nameless

Anyone still completely clueless on names for baby? We throw around names every now and then and it...

Due Date Club of October 2014

Incredibly frustrated

so the first time the Panorama test didnt take (there wasn't enough baby DNA in my blood) and we agr...

Due Date Club of November 2014

I called for my results today

And had to go in for a redraw because there weren't enough baby cells in my blood to get results boo...

Due Date Club of May 2014

We are home! Plus some Killian photos :)

I started this the other day but sitting up at the computer was getting to be too much, so, I'll try...

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The Bed Rest Debate: Is Bed Rest During Pregnancy Effective?

Approximately 20 percent of women are put on bed rest at some point in their pregnancies (either complete bed rest, or partial bed rest, such as restrictions from work or household activities, or restrictions from sex). » Read more

Cervical Dilation in Pictures

Your doctor has measured you and told you that you are 1 to 2 centimeters dilated, but what does that look like? Before labor starts a woman can begin to dilate and efface. When active labor begins, she will dilate from 1 cm all the way to 10 cm. Once she is at 10 cm she can start pushing.

9 Tips for Easier Labor and Birth

Labor and delivery of a precious new baby is an arduous process. There are many different tips available to help make the potential hours of labor and the birth process more tolerable and comfortable for the mother and baby. » Read more

The Bottom Line: An Alternative Method for Checking Cervical Dilation

The standard method for birth professionals to measure cervical dilation and effacement is the vaginal examination.  When a midwife or doctor checks a woman’s cervix, she reaches her gloved hand inside the vagina and measures how many finger widths the opening of the cervix is.  A centimeter is » Read more

You Had an Epidural, So What? 10 Steps to Stop Feeling Guilty and Start Getting Over It

Childbirth is hard. Perhaps your “birth plan” didn’t go as planned, or, you changed your opinion of the choices you made after the fact. Either way, for some moms, the choice to get an epidural can cause regret and guilt, whether it is warranted or not. » Read more

10 Ideas to Bring on Labor: Not Just the Ones You’ve Heard Before

At the end of pregnancy, many moms look for a way to bring on labor.  Keep in mind that babies come when they are ready, but when your body shows signs of readiness you can sometimes give it a nudge to get things going. 

10 Good Reasons to Try Natural Childbirth

You’re pregnant and trying to decide what you want to do when it comes to childbirth.  You may have thought about having a natural childbirth but are afraid that you won’t be able to handle it.  There are so many benefits to natural childbirth for both mom and baby, and lots of different approa

Benefits of Natural Chidlbirth

There are different methods of natural childbirth out there including the Lamaze method, the Bradley method, » Read more

Annoying Comments About Natural Childbirth

If you’re a mom that wants to have natural childbirth, you’ve probably heard a few annoying comments. Here are some of the most annoying comments people make about natural childbirth.

Foods That Induce Labor: 9 Recipes to Jump Start Labor

If you are past your due date you might be interested in trying some recipes to help kick start labor. Here are 9 recipes that may kick start labor.