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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

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

Study Gives a Thumbs Up to Eating During Labor

Would labor be a bit more bearable by savoring your favorite snacks? A recent study is now saying it’s OK to munch away, according to the AFP. The British Medical Journal published a study which found that eating during childbirth did not affect labor length, Caesarean section rates or the need for assisted delivery.  Doctors have discouraged women during labor from snacking out of fear it could result in breathing food into the lungs while under general anesthetic in case an emergency C-section needed to be performed.
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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

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

Castor Oil to Induce labor

So you've reached 40 weeks of pregnancy and baby has not arrived. You had hoped to go in labor on your own and the idea of a medical induction does not appeal to you. Is there anything you can do? Castor oil has been used to induce labor for many years. Some midwives and doctors alike both use it. » Read more

33 Weeks Pregnant: Your Pregnancy Week by Week

Okay ladies. Welcome to week thirty-three. We promised you a newsletter about pain relief and not just the “hee-hee-hoo” kind. This week’s newsletter is for all you girls that just don’t like pain or don’t want to commit to doing things naturally. » Read more

34 Weeks Pregnant: Your Pregnancy Week by Week

Hello again. You are thirty-four weeks now. We have answered a lot of your questions about childbirth over the last few weeks but we haven’t really touched upon c-sections. According to the National Center for Health Statistic’s latest reports, approximately 31% of moms giving birth in the United States will have a cesarean. » Read more

36 Weeks Pregnant: Your Pregnancy Week by Week

You are inching your way closer to your estimated due date. This week is your thirty-sixth week of pregnancy. As the days go by you may be starting to wonder if you are ever going to actually have your baby. You may be analyzing every cramp, ache or feeling of wetness. In this week’s newsletter we are going to be discussing just what’s on your mind, signs of labor. » Read more

37 Weeks Pregnant: Your Pregnancy Week by Week

We want to compliment all you ladies for doing such a great job taking care of yourself and your soon-to-be born babies. You are thirty-seven weeks now and your baby is considered full term Congratulations are certainly in order. Even though you are full term, you still have a few weeks until you reach your estimated due date. » Read more