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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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PPROM: Preterm Premature Rupture of Membranes

By JustMommies staff

If you’re expecting, you may wonder when your water will break, where you’ll be, and if it will happen unexpectedly or too early. Premature Rupture of Membranes (PROM) is a condition that happens during pregnancy when the membranes of the amniotic sac break at least an hour before labor starts. If
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9 Tips for Easier Labor and Birth

By JustMommies staff

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. While every option may not work for every mother, an effective personal plan
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The Bottom Line: An Alternative Method for Checking Cervical Dilation

By JustMommies staff

The standard method for birth professionals to measure cervical dilation and effacement is the vaginal examination. When a midwife or doctor checks a woman’s cervix, she reaches her gloved hand inside the vagina and measures how many finger widths the opening of the cervix is. A centimeter is approximately
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Precipitous Labor

By JustMommies staff

“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? Labor is considered “fast” or “precipitous” when it lasts three hours or less, and
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The Lamaze Method of Childbirth

By JustMommies staff

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. As soon as you hear “Lamaze” you’ll probably picture a scene that you’ve seen repeatedly in movies and TV: a pregnant
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Pain Relief during Labor

By JustMommies staff

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. Note the word "majority;"
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Cephalopelvic Disproportion: What You Should Know

By JustMommies staff

You may ask, “Cef-alo-pelvic what?” upon hearing about this medical condition for the first time. The term “cephalopelvic disproportion” (CPD) is a situation in which a baby’s head won’t fit through the mother’s pelvis during birth because the infant’s head is too big for the birth canal.
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HBAC: Having a Home Birth after Cesarean Section

By JustMommies staff

Why are so many moms now opting for a home birth after having a cesarean (HBAC) in a hospital? The reasons are as diverse as there are new mothers. It really comes down to individual choice. Some prefer the support of a birthing coach in the comfort of their own home after experiencing birth in a hospital
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You Had an Epidural, So What? 10 Steps to Stop Feeling Guilty and Start Getting Over It

By JustMommies staff

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. Here are ten steps to letting go of the guilt,
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