childbirth

9 Tips for Easier Labor and Birth

Labor and delivery of a precious new baby is an arduous process. There are many different tips available to help make the potential hours of labor and the birth process more tolerable and comfortable for the mother and baby. » Read more

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

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. » Read more

Placenta Encapsulation: Instructions, Benefits, and Reasons to Give it a Try

You may have heard of placentophagia (or eating the placenta) thanks to celebrities like Tom Cruise, who in 2006 reportedly planned to consume his partner Katie Holmes' placenta, and more recently, January Jones, who told People that she took vitamins and placenta capsules after giving birth to give her energy.  What’s the reason for this trend and why on earth would any » Read more

Top 10 Fears about Childbirth

“You’re expecting me to push what through where?!” Most women have, at one time or another, felt some apprehension or fear about aspects of giving birth. For a small percentage, worry transforms into an actual psychological disorder, with something called, “Tokophobia,” which is the fear of childbirth or pregnancy.

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

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.

"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 filled with aches and pains unique to each experience, but how do you know if labor has truly begun? When does that “back ache” actually mean “back labor”?

Labor and Childbirth Myths

You’ve been waiting nine long months, and your big day is almost here. But what should be a joyful time of giving birth has become clouded by myths about labor and delivery. How do you know what to believe when you have so many people telling you different things? Here are some of the most common myths about labor and childbirth, and the reality behind them: » Read more