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Due Date Club of September 2014

The mom guilt is hitting hard tonight.

Laying with my sweet 15 month old as he sleeps and it dawns on me that I only have 2 weeks until he...

Due Date Club of September 2014

Baby Garrett is here!!

Hi all - I went into labor early Sunday morning and had him at 11am Sunday morning 8/24. He was 7 l...

Due Date Club of October 2014

So Long, Farewell!

Ok ladies, I am officially signing off of JM... I can be found on the FB page if you would like...

Due Date Club of September 2014

dropping question?

Do 2nd time moms always drop bfore labour yay or nay? I have 1.5 weeks left and hvent dropped yet...

Due Date Club of September 2014

my appointment today

Had my nearly 36 week appointment today. I am happy to say that the baby is head down, but that's al...

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Stages of Labor: Childbirth Primer

Signs of labor can vary from person to person, but all women with the exception of cesarean sections will go through four stages of labor » Read more

Planning a Successful VBAC (vaginal birth after cesarean)

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. » Read more

Planning a Home Birth

By Nancy Da Silva Women used to have babies at home. As recent as only a few decades ago, it was not uncommon to hear a grandmother who’d lived in the same house for sixty years claim that all of her children had been born in the upstairs bedroom. Then with the innovations and improvements in science and the medical community came the idea that it was far more safe and sanitary for both mother and baby for delivery to occur in a hospital. » Read more

Pitocin: A Controversial Childbirth Topic

Pitocin is a man made synthetic drug form of Oxytocin, a hormone made in the body that causes the uterus to contract. Doctors generally use Pitocin to start labor and speed up the labor process. Pitocin is also used to help the body expel the placenta or stop heavy bleeding. » Read more

Natural Childbirth Cheat - Sheet

by Jennifer Vanderlaan » Read more

Inducing Labor: What Happens During Labor Induction

For most pregnancies there is no need to “induce” labor, which means to move it forward through artificial means. But there are some situations in which doctors will call for induction because waiting for labor to happen on its own might not be safe for the baby or the mother. » Read more

Hypnobirthing – What Is It, and How Can I Do It?

Mention childbirth to just about anyone – man or woman – and the first association you will probably conjure is “pain.” But according to practitioners of “hypnobirthing,” pain does not have to be part of the process at all. » Read more

Frequently Asked Questions About Epidurals

The epidural, a form of local anesthesia delivered to the lower half of the body, is probably the most common form of pain relief during childbirth. Recent figures estimate that upwards of 60 percent of women who give birth in a hospital choose to use an epidural. » Read more

Five Things You Should Know About Your Pregnancy & Birth

By Christine Ramos Not much else changes your life in so many ways as having a child does. Pregnancy and childbirth are life altering events for women and their involved partners. Many women enter their birthing facility as a private and reserved individual only to succumb later to the throes of labor and literally let it all hang out. » Read more

Five Reasons to Avoid Induction of Labor

©Robin Weiss » Read more