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Kids in the Delivery Room

By JustMommies staff

Having your older children with you in the delivery room while you give birth is not such a radical idea. Not too many generations ago, babies were born at home with the help of a family doctor or midwife, and childbirth was simply a fact of life for older siblings. In the middle of the last century,
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The Benefits of Waterbirthing

By Heather Hill

Considerng a waterbirth? Think about it this way.....Wouldn't a peacful and serene birth, with a relaxed and focused mother be a wonderful way to bring a baby into this world? Having a waterbirth is an option for Mom's who want to give birth naturally. Childbirth is such a powerful experience for a woman.
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Birthing Alone: Single Moms Can Have a Great Birth Too!

By JustMommies staff

If you are preparing to become a mother, you are about to learn how incredibly strong you really are. You will endure all of the physical demands of labor, delivery, and recovery; and you will have a love for your child that is more powerful than you could ever imagine. Of course most women would prefer
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Dealing With Back Labor

By Nancy Da Silva

Pain is an expected part of labor for the majority of women, though thankfully these days due to the miracle of epidurals, we need not suffer as intensely as our ancestors. However for one in four women, the pain of childbirth can take a more excruciating turn if they’re experiencing what is termed
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How many c-sections can you have?

By JustMommies staff

There is no medically established firm answer to the question, How many c-sections can you have? However, most health care providers in the United States agree that for healthy women who have had no complications during prior cesarean deliveries, the procedure can be performed 3-4 times without worry.
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The Pros and Cons to Home Birth

By Maria T. Pepin

As you prepare for birth, one of the choices you will need to make is where to deliver your baby. Women can choose between a hospital, birthing center or the comfort of their own home. It’s a good idea to research each option in advance and make an informed decision. Interestingly, around 16,000 women
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Premature Labor Risk Factors: Are You at Risk for Premature Labor?

By JustMommies staff

Delivering a premature infant is a very traumatic experience. When we find out we’re pregnant, we plan our lives around the estimated 40 week “incubation” period. There is almost no way possible to prepare yourself mentally and physically for a premature birth. Women who have experienced premature
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Ten Reasons to Hire a Birth Doula

By JustMommies staff

What is a Birth Doula? A birth doula is a person who is trained and experienced with childbirth. Birth doulas are generally involved with an expectant mother before, during and shortly after childbirth. In other words, a birth doula is an expert labor and delivery assistant. Ten Reasons to Hire a Birth
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Walking Epidural

By JustMommies staff

Pain relief during labor and childbirth can be achieved a number of ways, some natural, others involving medication. A popular choice for many expectant mothers is an epidural, where anesthetic is injected via a catheter tube into the epidural space of the spine. Everyone knows about conventional epidurals,
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Planning a Successful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)

By JustMommies staff

Many women who have had a previous cesarean birth question whether or not they should have a repeat c-section or try for a vaginal birth. Most women who have had cesareans can have vaginal births with their following pregnancies. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists "Of
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