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Due Date Club of September 2014

My turn! She's here! (Pictures)

Chelsea RaeBorn 9/19 7 pounds 3 ounces 19.5 inches long Total time of labor and delivery-4.5 hour...

Due Date Club of September 2014

It is Incredibly Difficult...

...being one of the end-of-monthers here. I feel like there are only a few of us left who haven't de...

Due Date Club of November 2014

How many bottles/nipples should we have?

Ok question...I plan on breastfeeding, however I want bottles around so my husband can feed her with...

Due Date Club of November 2014

I might just scream.... (rant/rave/vent)

So until baby gets here I have 2 jobs. One is teaching music at a private preschool (ages 1-5) 2 day...

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Precipitous Labor

“Express delivery” can sometimes take on a new meaning for some expectant moms. If you’re pregnant, are you wondering if your labor will be speedy? Are you curious about whether a quick labor is unusual? » Read more

The Lamaze Method of Childbirth

By Justmommies

The Lamaze method of childbirth is probably one of the best-knownchildbirth preparationtechniques, and yet the stereotypes are probably more familiar than the philosophy itself. » Read more

Pain Relief During Labor

Child birth is a completely natural process, and so is the pain that typically accompanies labor. Pain relief options during labor range from natural methods, which can ease but not eliminate the pain, to an epidural or spinal pain medicine that eliminates a majority of the pain. » Read more

Cephalopelvic Disproportion: What You Should Know

You may ask, “Cef-alo-pelvic what?” upon hearing about this medical condition for the first time. The term “cephalopelvic disproportion” (CPD) is a situation in which a baby’s head won’t fit through the mother’s pelvis during birth because the infant’s head is too big for the birth canal. » Read more

HBAC: Having a Home Birth after Cesarean Section

Why are so many moms now opting for a home birth after having a cesarean (HBAC) in a hospital? The reasons are as diverse as there are new mothers. It really comes down to individual choice. » Read more

Progesterone (P17) Shots to Prevent Premature Labor

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, placenta previa, polyhydramnios, and a history of preterm labor.&nbs » Read more

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) details of what you can expect before or during childbirth, there are seldom to fill you in on some of the strange (and sometimes exciting) things you can expect after labor. Here are seven realities for better or worse that you may face after giving birth.

Whoa Mama! Preparing for the Birth of an Extra-Big Baby

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. » Read more

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 choices is difficult. Even though natural childbirth has countless benefits, some doctors find it outdated and may not fully support your decisions. Here are some things you should look out for if you think your doctor is NCB-friendly.

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. » Read more