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Stages of Labor: Childbirth Primer

By JustMommies staff

Signs of labor can vary from person to person, but all women with the exception of cesarean sections will go through four stages of labor . When you reach your third trimester you will want to familiarize yourself with the signs of labor including bloody show, lower back pain, cramps, and contractions.
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Stripping Membranes

By JustMommies staff

The amniotic sac or “bag of waters” is a double membrane in which a fetus develops within the uterus. The amniotic sac is fluid filled and helps keep the fetus safe from injury during pregnancy and allows room for movement. The amniotic sac is what ruptures when you hear someone say that their “water
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Ten Reasons to Hire a Birth Doula

By JustMommies staff

What is a Birth Doula? A birth doula is a person who is trained and experienced with childbirth. Birth doulas are generally involved with an expectant mother before, during and shortly after childbirth. In other words, a birth doula is an expert labor and delivery assistant. Ten Reasons to Hire a Birth
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The 411 on Doulas, Midwives, Home Births and Birth Centers from Inhabitots

By Inhabitots

In the last decade, more and more women in the United States are beginning to take charge of their births. The groundbreaking documentary films The Business of Being Born, and More Business of Being Born have helped educate women about the process of labor and delivery, empowering moms-to-be with vital
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The Bed Rest Debate: Is Bed Rest During Pregnancy Effective?

By JustMommies staff

Approximately 20 percent of women are put on bed rest at some point in their pregnancies (either complete bed rest, or partial bed rest, such as restrictions from work or household activities, or restrictions from sex). This is usually done when a mother is considered high risk for preterm labor. It
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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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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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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
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The Truth About the Estimated Due Date

By JustMommies staff

"I am here, ready to have my baby," an expectant mother stated, as a matter of fact, upon arrival at the hospital one morning. "How far apart are your contractions?" the staff asked, retrieving paperwork to start admitting her. "I haven't had any contractions," she replied. "Did your water break?" asked
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The Truth About the Estimated Due Date

By JustMommies staff

"I am here, ready to have my baby," an expectant mother stated, as a matter of fact, upon arrival at the hospital one morning. "How far apart are your contractions?" the staff asked, retrieving paperwork to start admitting her. "I haven't had any contractions," she replied. "Did your water break?" asked
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