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Dramatic Increase in Home Births

By JustMommies staff

According to a new report from the Associated Press, more women are choosing to give birth at home. The CDC released the results from a new study that found home births have increased by 20 percent between 2004 and 2008 in the U.S. The reasons why women decide to have a home birth vary, but there is
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Effacement and Dilation Explained

By JustMommies staff

In the final weeks of pregnancy, an expectant mother’s body begins its natural preparation for labor and delivery. Among the early signs of labor are effacement and dilation, important changes that occur to the cervix and work together to make it possible for the baby to safely and smoothly come out
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Eggplant Parmesan to Induce Labor

By JustMommies staff

If you are getting close to or past your due date you might be looking for some easy ideas to bring on labor. We won’t promise you that by eating eggplant parmesan you are guaranteed to go into labor, but we can tell you that according to one restaurant in Cobb County, Georgia, eggplant parmesan may
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Emergency Hospital Bag Check List for Dads

By JustMommies staff

Here is a check list of things your wife would like you to bring to the hospital for her. This was written just for the dads so you don’t forget anything important. We only have the essentials listed to make it easy. These are the must haves for the hospital bag.   Hospital Bag Check list  What to
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Everything You Need to Know About the Bradley Method

By JustMommies staff

By Maria T. Pepin What is the Bradley Method of Childbirth? The Bradley Method (also known as husband-coached childbirth) embraces the idea that childbirth is a natural process and with adequate preparation and education, most women can avoid pain medication and interventions during labor and birth.
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False Labor or the Real Deal? How to Know if You Are in Labor

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As their due dates approach, many expectant moms are fooled by “false labor.” They can get contractions that seem like the real thing—occurring closer together and appearing to grow more intense or painful. But, if the contractions do not cause dilation of the cervix, then they are false. So, how
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Fetal Distress During Labor

By JustMommies staff

Both excitement and apprehension may be rising as your baby's birth date draws near. Knowing what to expect can help you and your birth coach adjust to sudden changes that can occur in the birthing room, such as "fetal distress." This term means that the baby may have an abnormal heart rate or that his
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Fetal Distress During Labor

By JustMommies staff

Both excitement and apprehension may be rising as your baby's birth date draws near. Knowing what to expect can help you and your birth coach adjust to sudden changes that can occur in the birthing room, such as "fetal distress." This term means that the baby may have an abnormal heart rate or that his
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Five Reasons to Avoid Induction of Labor

By JustMommies staff

©Robin Weiss Your feet are swollen and your back is killing you. Sleeping upright is the only way that you can manage to fall asleep between the demands of your bladder and your baby's kicking spells. This is the life of a pregnant mother in her ninth month. The offer of a way out of this physically
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Five Reasons to Skip the Birth Plan and Go With the Flow

By JustMommies staff

Nearly every expectant mom considers drawing up a birth plan at some point, and there are certainly many benefits if you take the time to do so. If nothing else, it will give you an opportunity to think through and talk about all of the various choices you have. Yet some experts – as well as moms who
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