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

By JustMommies staff

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. Here are ten steps to letting go of the guilt,
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Benefits of Natural Chidlbirth

By JustMommies staff

There are different methods of natural childbirth out there including the Lamaze method, the Bradley method, hypobirthing, and others. Some women don’t use a particular method at all when approaching natural childbirth. The methods, philosophies, and reasons for choosing natural childbirth vary. For
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Progesterone (P17) Shots to Prevent Premature Labor

By JustMommies staff

A baby is considered premature if he is born before 37 weeks. According to the March of Dimes, 1 in 8 births are considered premature or preterm. There are a few things that put a woman at higher risk of going into labor prematurely. These include a diagnosis of incompetent cervix, uterine abnormalities,
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What to Expect After Labor: 7 Things Nobody Told You

While plenty of books (and strangers on the street) are ready to tell you all of the (sometimes horrifying)
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Whoa Mama! Preparing for the Birth of an Extra-Big Baby

By JustMommies staff

Macrosomia is the medical term for a baby that has a well-above-average birth weight. It is usually classified as a baby that weighs between 8 lbs. 13 oz. and 9 lbs. 15 oz. (almost 10 pounds!). Between 1 and 10 percent of all babies born in a given year fall into this category. It is often difficult
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Natural Childbirth Sabotage: Is Your Doctor as NCB-Friendly as You Think?

If you’ve decided to try for a natural childbirth (NCB), you may find that finding support for your
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The 411 on Doulas, Midwives, Home Births and Birth Centers from Inhabitots

By Inhabitots

In the last decade, more and more women in the United States are beginning to take charge of their births. The groundbreaking documentary films The Business of Being Born, and More Business of Being Born have helped educate women about the process of labor and delivery, empowering moms-to-be with vital
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7 Pregnancy Apps

By JustMommies staff

There are dozens of different pregnancy apps that you might want to check out to help you through the next nine months. They can make life a lot easier through the pregnancy process, since you can take them with you on the go. Mobile apps are a lot easier to carry with you than the encyclopedia-sized
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"Am I in Labor?" 8 Ways to Tell if Labor Has Started

It is the question on the minds of most women who are pregnant. Carrying a child and giving birth are
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Delaying Cord Clamping

By JustMommies staff

Among moms-to-be and the medical professionals who help to deliver babies, cord clamping is a hot topic. The issue is how soon after delivery to clamp the umbilical cord that connects the baby to the placenta in his mother’s womb. In the past, most doctors had clamped the cord almost immediately. But
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