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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

By JustMommies staff

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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Foods That Induce Labor: 9 Recipes to Jump Start Labor

If you are past your due date you might be interested in trying some recipes to help kick start labor.
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Frequently Asked Questions About Epidurals

By JustMommies staff

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. However, given that it is invasive (delivered
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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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Hot Wings to Induce Labor

By JustMommies staff

Running out of ideas to get labor started? One thing overdue mommies often try to get labor going is hot and spicy foods like hot wings and what better recipe for a cranky and uncomfortable pregnant lady to try than a man tested hot wing recipe? We’re pretty sure that the guys who came up with this
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