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Due Date Club of September 2014

Had my ob appointment

Okay so 2 weeks ago I had a growth ultrasound which put me at 36w2d and baby weighing 6lbs. My OB sa...

Due Date Club of September 2014

The Official Unofficial Birth Plan

I met with the surgeon for my c-section today. I'm kindof nervous and a little excited now!! I asked...

Due Date Club of September 2014

leg cramps! OWCH

I got my first charlie horse so far this pregnancy this morning!!!! Owww I forgot how much these hur...

Due Date Club of September 2014

What the heck?

So I'm suppose to have a repeat c-section. I just switched OBs, and at both places they said they wo...

Due Date Club of October 2014

Do you think you will have baby before, on or after you due date?

I saw this question in the Sept DDC and thought it would be fun to write out our answers and update...

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Birthing Alone: Single Moms Can Have a Great Birth Too!

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 to go through the birthing process with a partner at her side. » Read more

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. » Read more

How many c-sections can you have?

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. » Read more

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 each year choose to have their baby at home. » Read more

Premature Labor Risk Factors: Are You at Risk for Premature Labor?

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. » Read more

Which Birthing Positions Are Best During Labor?

If you’re pregnant, you’ve probably already started hearing about which is the “best” method of delivery and the “ideal” position for labor. » Read more

Walking Epidural

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, but did you know there’s an alternative? Read on to learn about the walking epidural. Walking Epidural – What is It? When a woman in labor seeks pain relief with a conventional epidural procedure, the entire lower portion of her body becomes numb. » Read more

Timing Contractions

When the body is ready, usually between 38 and 42 weeks gestation, it releases hormones that cause the uterus to contract. Contractions help dilate and thin the cervix so your baby can be born. It also helps push the baby through the birth canal. » Read more

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. » Read more

Ten Reasons to Hire a Birth Doula

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 Doula Birth Doulas Enhance the Birth Experience: You may forget what it felt like to take your first “legal” drink, but you’ll never forget the birth of your children. » Read more